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Prostatitis and Your Diet

Prostatitis is an inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. It can cause abnormal urinary frequency and urgency, painful urination and ejaculation and if left untreated, chronic, recurrent symptoms. This common disorder affects approximately 10% of men. In addition to medication and nutritional supplements, certain diet additions can help alleviate the symptoms of and prevent prostatitis.

These nutrients and foods are beneficial for prostate health:

Vitamin C – Found in spinach, citrus fruits, red berries, kiwi, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, cabbage, and broccoli.

Zinc – Good sources include high protein foods such as red meat, fish and shellfish, dairy products, nuts, whole wheat foods, and legumes.

Saw Palmetto Berry – Can be steeped into a tea, or found in nutritional supplements.

Lycopene – Found in tomatoes.

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Acute Prostatitis

Acute prostatitis is a rapidly-developing inflammation or infection of the prostate gland.


Acute prostatitis is generally a result of bacterial infection. Some sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause acute prostatitis, especially in men younger than 35. If caused by an STD, the symptoms will usually appear soon after exposure to the infected partner. For men over 35, prostatitis is often caused by E. coli infections occurring spontaneously or after epididymitis, urethritis, and urinary tract infections. Additionally, acute prostatitis may occur from trauma to the prostate or urethra.

Who is at risk?

Men ages 20-35 who have multiple sexual partners or unprotected anal intercourse are at high risk for developing acute prostatitis. Men ages 50 or over who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate) are also at an increased risk due to their susceptibility to urinary tract infections.


An infection in or around the testicles may be present, especially if the prostatitis was caused by an STD. Generally, symptoms begin quickly and cause great discomfort. They include:

-Burning with urination

-Abdominal pain

-Inability to completely empty the bladder

-Pain with urination, bowel movement, or ejaculation

-Fever, chills, flush

- Blood in semen or urine.


The majority of acute prostatitis cases are resolved completely with medication, diet, and behavioral changes. Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics and stool softeners to reduce pain that occurs during bowel movements. Doctors recommend that prostatitis patients urinate often and completely to decrease symptoms. Warm baths may also relieve lower back and abdominal pain. Substances that can irritate the bladder should also be avoided, such as alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, hot or spicy foods, and citrus fruit and juices. Water intake should be increased to 64-128 ounces per day to help cleanse bacteria from the bladder.

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