Prostate enlargement and prostate inflammation are very common conditions in men over the age of 50. Following are two tasty juicing recipes to provide men with prostate supportive nutrients.
Prostate Super Juice
Serves 1 (Makes 1-1/2 cups)
Green in hue, this slightly vegetal, slightly sweet juice includes fruits and vegetables that protect the prostate and taste delicious. Be sure to use canned or cooked tomatoes, since they feature lycopene in the form most bioavailable to the body.
½ cup fresh kale leaves
½ cup fresh spinach leaves
½ cup thinly sliced carrot
¼ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
¼ cup canned diced tomatoes with juice
⅛ tsp salt
- Add all of the ingredients plus ½ cup water to a high-speed blender, and puree until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Anti-Inflammatory Carrot-Apple Juice
Serves 1 (Makes 1 cup)
This sweet orange-hued juice features ingredients that help combat prostate inflammation.
1 cup diced sweet apple, such as Pink Lady (unpeeled)
½ cup thinly sliced carrot
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 coin peeled fresh ginger root (about ¼ tsp)
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp ground turmeric
- Add all of the ingredients plus ¼ cup water to a high-speed blender, and puree until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
In addition to being delicious, these juicing recipes are packed with nutrients that support prostate health. Let's take a closer look at some of the key ingredients and their nutritional benefits:
Prostate Super Juice:
- Kale: This leafy green vegetable is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate and calcium. It also contains compounds called glucosinolates, which have been linked to reduced prostate cancer risk.
- Spinach: Like kale, spinach is a nutrient powerhouse, providing vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, magnesium, and manganese. Its high antioxidant content helps combat oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Carrot: Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which plays a crucial role in immune function and vision health. They also contain antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against prostate cancer.
- Pomegranate Juice: Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants, particularly punicalagins and anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Studies suggest that pomegranate may help slow the progression of prostate cancer.
- Tomatoes: Canned or cooked tomatoes provide a concentrated source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant associated with reduced prostate cancer risk. Lycopene is better absorbed by the body when tomatoes are cooked or processed.
Anti-Inflammatory Carrot-Apple Juice:
- Apple: Apples are rich in dietary fiber, particularly pectin, which supports digestive health and may help lower cholesterol levels. They also contain flavonoids and other phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Carrot: Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy vision, immune function, and skin integrity.
- Orange Juice: Fresh orange juice is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports immune function and collagen production. It also contains flavonoids like hesperidin, which may have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Ginger: Ginger contains gingerol, a bioactive compound with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been used for centuries to alleviate various digestive issues and reduce inflammation throughout the body.
- Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Studies suggest that curcumin may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation and lower the risk of prostate cancer.
By incorporating these nutrient-rich ingredients into your diet, you can support prostate health and overall well-being. For personalized guidance on nutrition and holistic health strategies, consult Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, MS, at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Visit our website at MarkStengler.com or contact us at (760) 274-2377 to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Mark Stengler NMD, MS, is a bestselling author in private practice in Encinitas, California, at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.