Why Is Peanuts Good for Prostate Health?

Why Is Peanuts Good for Prostate Health?

Crispy or smooth? Clawed or unclawed? Boiled or roasted? Usually, this is the depth to which one goes while talking about peanuts and peanut butter. For men diagnosed with prostate cancer, the simple peanut may become even more significant and reduce the risk to have prostate cancer.

Is Peanuts Good for Prostate Health?

It is likely that peanuts have been present for about 3,500 years. It has been revealed that ancient South American pottery was once painted with and shaped like peanuts. Around the time of the American Civil War, peanuts gained popularity, and George Washington Carver is often regarded as the founder of the peanut business.

In the United States (US), prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer among males and ranks second globally in terms of incidence. 

Nutrients and Benefits Of Peanuts

The peanut, well-known for its savory, salty taste, is a common snack and a multipurpose ingredient that can be used to create peanut butter, baked products, sauces, smoothies, and more.

Additionally, it is particularly nutrient-dense, with each serving providing a substantial amount of magnesium, folate, and vitamin E (1Reliable Source).

Though it has an outstanding nutritional profile, many individuals may be unsure about the health benefits or drawbacks of this salty delicacy, particularly for those who were assigned male at birth (AMAB).

In order to ascertain whether or not AMAB individuals should consume peanuts, this article examines the study more closely.

Do foods help an enlarged prostate?

You might be asking yourself, “What foods are left that I can actually eat?” when you look at the list above. The good news is that you still have a wide variety of meals to pick from, and some of them could even help with your symptoms!

For further information on how diet may alleviate symptoms of an enlarged prostate, check out my posts on “Good foods for an enlarged prostate” and “5 helpful drinks for an enlarged prostate.” In the meantime, here are my favorite things to eat:


Rich in anti-inflammatory zinc, almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts, and pine nuts are good sources of this mineral for those with enlarged prostates.

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid. Examples of fish include salmon, trout, and sardines.


Rich in anti-inflammatory zinc, almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts, and pine nuts are good sources of this mineral for those with enlarged prostates.

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid. Examples of fish include salmon, trout, and sardines.


Studies suggest that the phytosterols found in pumpkin seeds may help shrink an enlarged prostate.2

Drink more water 

undiluted urine can irritate the bladder, thus causing more frequent trips to the toilet. Drinking lots of water, however, will keep urine diluted so this should make you feel comfortable longer term.

Try Saw Palmetto capsules 

Studies suggest that the phytosterols found in pumpkin seeds may help shrink an enlarged prostate.

May Enhance Sexual Function

An amino acid called arginine, which is transformed into nitric oxide, is abundant in peanuts. One substance that helps widen blood arteries to enhance circulation and blood flow is nitric oxide. 

Supplemental arginine may help cure mild to severe erectile dysfunction, according to studies.

Arginine has been shown in research on animals and test tubes to raise testosterone levels, boost libido, and improve the quality of semen.

Additionally, resveratrol, an antioxidant that has been demonstrated to improve men’s sexual health, is abundant in peanuts.

Resveratrol may also enhance sperm quality and erectile function, according to some research conducted on humans and animals.

When To See Your Doctor

You should see your doctor if the following symptoms develop:

  • Trips to the loo at night
  • Frequent urination
  • Poor urine flow
  • Urinary retention.

While all of them indicate an enlarged prostate, they may also indicate other medical issues. Therefore, in order to treat the symptoms as successfully as possible, it is crucial to acquire a complete diagnosis from your doctor.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also want to read this article Can Almond Milk Lower Testosterone Levels?

*This information is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional medical or dietary advice tailored to individual needs.

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