Garlic is one of the oldest and most ancient medicinal herbs used in all types of medicinal practices. Some people may want to avoid garlic due to its pungent aroma, but it turns out the things that cause the aroma may be responsible for all manner of health benefits. Eating garlic can improve your sex life (it’s been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries). It improves your heart health by decreasing blood pressure and preventing blood clots, prevents cancer, and athlete’s foot. Recently, studies have shown that eating garlic can actually have a positive impact on prostate gland enlargement.
Symptoms of Prostate Gland Enlargement
Prostate enlargement is one of the leading causes of trouble for men as they age. It is caused by a variety of different factors, including aging, and hormonal imbalance. While an enlarged prostate is not necessarily cancerous and does not increase your risk for prostate cancer, it does have its share of annoying symptoms:
- A slow or weak urinary stream
- A feeling that the bladder is never completely empty
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent urination
- Urgent feeling to urinate
- The need to rise frequently to urinate at night
- An inconsistent urinary stream
- Straining to urinate
How Garlic Helps Prevent Prostate Enlargement
A recent study on rats has suggested that garlic is a potential safe, non-toxic option for preventing prostate growth in men with BPH. Garlic has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. When men and rats were put on a garlic supplement regimen, showed that garlic reduced the chronic inflammation in the prostrate, and initiated cell death. Garlic also reduced the expression of androgen receptors (testosterone) and reduced the levels of circulating testosterone. This ultimately worked to reduce changes associated with BPH in the prostate tissue.