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Home arrow Blog arrow ONIONS AND GARLIC KEEP PROSTATE HEALTHY
ONIONS AND GARLIC KEEP PROSTATE HEALTHY
Urology 2007;70:672-6
It's common for the prostate to enlarge, as men get older. But there are lifestyle factors that affect this. This new study has found that men who frequently eat onions and garlic are less likely to have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

When a man has BPH the frequency of urination often increases and he may also start waking at night to urinate. When enlarged, the gland presses on the urinary tube from the bladder to the end of the penis, which slows the urinary stream and interferes with the bladder emptying.

Evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and essential fatty acids, can help men avoid BPH. Garlic and onions can now be added to the list.

This study compared the diets of 1,369 men with and 1,451 men without BPH. Men who ate onions four or more times per week had a 59% lower BPH risk than men who never ate onions. Garlic was also found to be protective: men who ate the most garlic had a 28% lower risk than men who never did.

"This first study on the potential role of these vegetables on BPH suggests that a diet rich in onion and garlic may have a favorable effect on the odds of developing BPH," the researchers concluded.

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