The prostate is a glandular organ that belongs to the male urinary system. Its tissues are fibrous muscular and also contains connective tissue. It is located below the bladder, in front of the rectum, and wrapping the upper part of the urethra.Under normal conditions, in young men, it has a size similar to that of a chestnut, but as the age of the person advances, it increases in size progressively.

It also belongs to the male reproductive system, participating in the seminal fluid that will contain the sperm. By the time of ejaculation, the prostate will have already provided these gametes with a means to move towards the ovum to be fertilized.

What is the prostate used for?

The prostate is responsible for a function that is essential for human reproduction: the production of prostate fluid . Some observations by sexologists indicate that the prostate has an erogenous role, which would also act as one of the pleasure centers when stimulated during sexual intercourse.

Prostatic fluid is a whitish fluid that, together with other substances from the testicles, makes up the seminal fluid . The latter has the function of protecting the sperm, leaving them immersed in a medium so that they are transported with their flagella to the fertile ovum.

The seminal fluid protects the sperm from the environment within the vaginal and uterine walls, so that they can survive on their journey into the female reproductive system. There is a very acidic pH there that does not allow the sperm to live for long.

The prostatic fluid accounts for about 30% of the sperm, and is composed of various substances including water are, zinc, sodium, calcium, citric and cholesterol acid, as well as various enzymes among which are the protein enzymes or proteases , acid phosphatases and fibrinolysin. It contains prostaglandins, which are lipidic substances derived from fatty acids.

Diseases in the prostate

It is emphasized that this genitourinary organ usually has conditions such as:

  • Bacterial prostatitis (whose etymology means “inflammation of the prostate by bacteria”), as a consequence of the entry into the prostate of any bacteria that have affected the urinary tract.
  • Prostatic adenomas , which are hypertrophy of the prostate gland, and which are common in men over the age of sixty.
  • Prostate cancer , which if not treated in time can spread and cause death, so in addition to radiation treatments or chemotherapy, it is usually common for the removal of the prostate to be suggested, which does not affect male reproductive capacity.

Some symptoms that can alert you to alarming problems in the prostate are:

  • Increased frequency of urination (urination), day and night
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Burning and pain when urinating
  • Feeling that the emptying of the bladder is incomplete
  • Urgency to urinate
  • Urinate for pauses, with intermittence and weak stream
  • Presence of blood in urine

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should consult a doctor and do not rely on home treatments.

The prostate is an organ that belongs to the male reproductive system. This gland contributes to the creation of seminal fluid.

Substances that support prostate health

There are chemicals that can be taken from food to enrich the health of the prostate organ:

  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
  • Vitamina D (Calciferol)
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
  • Omega 3
  • Beta Carotene
  • Lycopene
  • Selenium

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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