Much is said today about the benefits of drinking infusions to relieve all kinds of discomfort. But what is true about this? Can they be effective in treating prostate-related problems?
At Infusionismo, we like to collect information and analyze it, contrasting it with scientific data so that you not only enjoy a delicious cup of hot infusion but also benefit from its properties.
The prostate and its problems
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that the prostate is part of the male reproductive system, along with the pe^is, testicles, and seminal vesicles.
This organ is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum; It is small in size, almost the size of a walnut, and surrounds the tube through which urine is expelled (urethra). Its function is to produce seminal fluid.
However, as men age, the prostate begins to increase in size, a situation known as prostate hyperplasia, and, for this reason, different discomforts can be generated. The main one is a narrowing of the urethra that causes problems when urinating. Another common complaint is prostatitis, which is nothing more than an inflammation of the organ caused by bacteria.
Note: If you are over 40 years old, you should visit your urologist regularly for a prostate check. Remember that prevention is always better than cure.
Infusions for the prostate
Natural medicine experts explain that some herbs can help reduce the presence of enzymes that act on the prostate causing it to increase in size. This would prevent hyperplasia of the prostate and, therefore, problems urinating.
Believe it or not, this plant with a terrible reputation has been a common remedy since time immemorial due to its therapeutic properties.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to rub it against your skin (in fact, don’t even think about doing it unless you want an annoying skin irritation), but prepare an infusion.
Urtica dioica, that is, common nettle, has all kinds of properties that would be beneficial for the body, such as reducing blood sugar or combating menstrual cramps. However, what matters to us today is its action on the prostate.
Well, different studies have indicated that nettle has an interesting anti-inflammatory effect and, in addition, a well-known diuretic action. Thus, it is believed that drinking nettle infusion would help reduce the inflammation of the prostate, in addition to maintaining testosterone levels and promoting the elimination of liquids.
Make the infusion with a tablespoon of nettle leaves for every cup of water. Let stand 7 minutes in very hot water and sweeten with honey, since it is a bit bitter.
Pumpkin seed infusion
Without a doubt, this is a very curious and unusual infusion. However, it helps fight inflammation and increase the frequency of urination.
In fact, a 2014 study concluded that regular consumption of pumpkin seeds helps improve symptoms of prostatic hyperplasia.
To prepare this infusion you only need the seeds of a pumpkin and a cup of water. Peel the seeds (or, failing that, pass over the rolling pin to break the outer casing) and place them in boiled water (off the heat). Let infuse 15 minutes, strain and drink.
As you probably already know, garlic has antimicrobial properties and, for this reason, its consumption is usually recommended in the case, for example, of urine infections.
An investigation in mice indicated that those who had regularly consumed garlic had managed to reduce the size of their prostate. Thus, it is believed that drinking garlic infusion would help prevent prostate hyperplasia and also eliminate the bacteria that cause prostatitis.
Making a garlic infusion is as easy as boiling a clove of minced garlic for 10 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and let stand another 10 minutes. A recommendation? Add honey and lemon to soften the garlic flavor.
Milk thistle infusion
Milk thistle seeds are infused to take advantage of their anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, for many years natural medicine experts have recommended its consumption to those who suffer from migraines, menstrual cramps or joint pain.
Let cook a teaspoon of milk thistle seeds per cup of boiled water for 1 minute. Then, remove from heat and let stand 7 minutes. Ready!
Java tea is famous for its urological health benefits. Many men drink it to protect their prostate from different diseases. Although the studies are not 100% conclusive, they do indicate that it would help keep the prostate healthy, for example, by preventing inflammatory diseases.
You can get Java tea, or orthosiphon, at your trusted herbalist. Bring the water to a boil, add a tablespoon of Java tea and turn off the heat. Let stand between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on the intensity you want, strain and drink.
These are the best infusions for the prostate. Remember that teas and infusions can be adjuvant treatments, but in no way replace a medical consultation or follow the specialist’s instructions.