Every man has a prostate gland. The prostate gland is about the same size as an apricot. It is a muscular gland that is very essential for proper sexual function in a man. Do you know how important the function of the prostate gland is? It produces about one-third of what makes up sperm by volume. It is one of those components of a man’s reproductive system that makes ejaculation possible. If you are a man, you should take good care of your prostate gland. Do you know that more than 10 percent of all men would be diagnosed with having prostate cancer at one point or the other in their life? Now, you see why you should learn about prostate health.
Women don’t have a prostate gland, just as men do not have a womb. But if you are a man, your prostate would be situated right in front of your rectum and just beneath your bladder. The prostate gland usually weighs somewhere around 20-30 grams (three-quarts to one ounce). This gland somehow wraps around the urethra. The urethra is the tube in your penis that urine and sperm come out from. Without the prostate, a man’s sexual and reproductive function cannot be complete. We would explain how the prostate functions in this article.
What is The Function of Prostate Gland?
We have mentioned earlier that only men have a prostate gland, and all normal men have it. The function of the prostate gland does mainly is to secrete a fluid called the prostatic fluid. The prostatic fluid helps to keep sperm alive.
Without the prostatic fluid, your sperm would not survive in the vagina. Consequently, without prostatic fluid, a man would not be able to get a woman pregnant. The prostatic fluid protects sperm cells as well as the genetic code that they carry.
During ejaculation, a man’s prostate would contract to release the prostatic fluid into the urethra. This fluid mixes with sperm before it is ejaculated.
Sperm usually passes through two tubes. These tubes are known as vas deferens. Millions of sperm cells pass through the vas deferens at the same time. Maybe you didn’t know that when a man ejaculates, he releases millions of sperm cells.
From the vas deferens, the sperm cells would move into the seminal vesicles. These vesicles are structurally linked to the prostate gland. This is where the prostatic fluid mixes with sperm and sperm fluid before it shoots off into the urethra.
The prostatic fluid is somewhat milky in appearance. Aside from the protection that prostatic fluid offers to sperm, it also helps sperm cells to be more mobile. The sperm needs prostatic fluid when it gets into the vagina to swim towards the egg for fertilization.
So without prostatic fluid, sperm cells are unlikely to survive. Even if they do, their DNA composition may be compromised. If the DNA is not compromised, it is quite unlikely that the sperm cell would be mobile enough to successfully fertilize an egg.
What’s more, the prostate gland does more than just making prostatic fluid. It is largely responsible for the force of ejaculation. When a man ejaculates, the prostate gland contracts to push semen through the ejaculatory ducts with force and speed.
The prostate gland also closes off the link between the urethra and bladder during ejaculation. This makes it impossible for a man to urinate while he is ejaculating. If a man urinates inside a woman’s vagina, it may pose serious health risks to the woman.
Eating a Prostate Healthy Diet
Dietary factors play a huge role in maintaining prostate health. The kinds of food you eat and how well you watch your weight can either make or mar your prostate health.
Do you know that obesity is one of the risk factors for prostate cancer? So you may want to stick with unprocessed foods and eat a well-balanced diet. Here are a few tips for you:
- Find out the number of calories that you need to either achieve or sustain a healthy weight as the case may be. Do not eat more than this number of calories daily. This is a good place to start if you want to maintain your prostate health and stay generally healthy.
- Cut down on processed meats, conventional dairy foods, and factory-farm meats. It is better to eat organic products and unsweetened dairy as an alternative to these.
- Avoid anything that contains trans fats. You will usually find them in fried foods, margarine, fast food, and processed foods.
- Incorporate veggies into your daily diet. It offers a great deal of protection if you can eat at least 2-3 cups of veggies daily. The anti-inflammatory effects will do your prostate gland a lot of good.
You can vary the vegetables you eat. You can vary leafy greens with cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale.
- Consume wild-caught fish. It is a very rich source of omega-3 fats. This type of fat is good for prostate health
- Add foods with rich antioxidant properties to your daily diet. Examples of such foods include leafy green veggies, yellow veggies, and colorful fruits. Talk about citrus fruits, berries, carrots, and avocado.
Other food sources of antioxidants include tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, asparagus, sea vegetables, mushrooms, green tea, spirulina, olive oil, cocoa, herbs, and spices, among many others.
- Consume foods that are high in selenium and zinc. These trace elements enhance prostate health. Such foods include sardines, lamb, turkey, grass-fed beef, liver, organ meats, Brazil nuts, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chickpeas, and wheat germ.
Conditions That Could Affect Your Prostate
Most troubles with the prostate gland are associated with age. As a man grows older, his prostate gland may gradually increase in size. This is where most prostate issues come from. They include:
1. Prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer you would find in males. More than 10 percent of men all over the world are affected.
If you want more statistics, about 1 out of every 40 men in the world would die from prostate cancer. That is why you must take good care of your prostate health and go for regular checkups if you are above 50 years old.
2. Enlarged prostate
Another name for this condition is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). There is hardly any man above 50 years old that doesn’t have BPH. This condition makes urination quite difficult. In very severe cases, which rarely occur, BPH can make urination entirely impossible.
The function of the prostate gland in a man is very important. If you are a man, you should take your prostate health very seriously. A healthy diet would go a long way in preserving your prostate health.