The benefits of micronutrients for the prostate

The benefits of micronutrients for the prostate

Which micronutrients support male comfort? How do they work?

Oxidative stress: the worst enemy of the prostate!

We refer to oxidative stress when the body is no longer able to eliminate products named free radicals. Its anti-oxidant capacity is overwhelmed by aggressors damaging tissues through oxidation reactions. In men with benign prostatic hypertrophy, these damages are amplified in the prostate by a low number of repair molecules. It is easy to understand why antioxidants, by protecting cells against this oxidative stress, are important for the prevention of prostate disorders…

This is the case of vitamins C and E, selenium, and zinc, among others! They have shown a real benefit for human subjects during the large-scale study, SU.VI.MAX, and a follow-up period of 8 years.  The risk of a prostate tumour was reduced by half.

In addition, studies suggest that the powerful antioxidant lycopene may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Besides its anti-oxidant properties, selenium helps to regenerate vitamins C and E, which are also anti-oxidants. This is known as synergy, an association that strengthens their effectiveness!

And zinc, a real asset for men, also contributes to the maintenance of normal levels of testosterone in the blood. The role of testosterone in the proper functioning of this male gland is widely recognized!

What type of nutrition allows you to take advantage of these valuable micronutrients?

Lycopene is found in tomatoes, in particular when they are cooked. Therefore, sauces and soups are preferable to take full advantage of its benefits. In addition, adding some olive oil optimises its effectiveness because it is fat soluble, meaning that it dissolves in fat.

Sources of vitamin C include kiwi, parsley, and of course citrus fruits, whereas the best sources of vitamin E are vegetable oils, seeds and wheat germ. Zinc is found in seafood, meat and meat offal, as is selenium, which is also present in Brazil nuts. Obviously, a diversified diet is the best way to take care of the prostate!

Claire Alcalay

JOSHI S. et al. « Dietary zinc deficiency effects dorso-lateral and ventral prostate of Wistar rats: histological, biochemical and trace element study. » Biol Trace Elem Res. (2014).
HERCBERG S. et al. « The SU.VI.MAX Study: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the health effects of antioxidant vitamins and minerals. » Arch Intern Med. (2004)