A healthy prostate depends on Selenium consumption. Published results of scientific analysis shows that 100mcg of Selenium daily can adequately maintain the function of a man’s prostate. It appears that Selenium “seeks out” the cells of the prostate and balances oxidant/antioxidant ratios to promote sustained health of all these cells. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, as of February 21, 2003, “Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer” and “Selenium may produce anti-carcinogenic effects in the body. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may produce anti-carcinogenic effects in the body.” These statements reinforce why Selenium is of great importance for a man’s prostate.
In addition to Selenium protecting the inner workings of prostate cells, their cell membranes need protection against oxidative attacks. This is where vitamin E comes into play. According to recent scientific evidence, Vitamin E is imperative to maintaining prostate health due to its antioxidant effects on the prostate cells.
Prostate health isn’t just a matter of antioxidants. It also depends on proper metabolic control of energy processing within the gland. Even early loss of a small part of regulatory control can decrease prostate health. Although the regulation of energy processing is a complex process in any cell, a few quirks in the way prostate cells handle this challenge have placed the mineral, zinc, in a pivotal position. Recently published research illustrates the role of zinc in prostate function and highlights the special needs of the prostate for zinc. The prostate needs zinc for health – so all men need zinc for prostate health.
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