Onions and garlic may ease BPH symptoms

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Data on the impact of diet on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are scant, though studies have shown that vegetables and fruits may have a favorable effect on the condition. An Italian multicenter, case-control study examined the potential role of allium vegetables, namely onions and garlic, on BPH. Using dietary questionnaires, researchers found that men with BPH typically ate less garlic and fewer servings of onions per week than those without BPH.

Researchers did point out a few weaknesses in their study, such as the fact that they didn’t collect information on the types of onions and garlic that participants ate, how the vegetables were prepared, or the consumption of other allium vegetables, such as scallions. Nor did the study account for changes in diet over time. Even so, the findings suggest that a diet rich in onions and garlic may cut the odds of developing BPH.

SOURCE: Galeone C, Pelucchi C, Talamini R, et al. Onion and Garlic Intake and the Odds of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Urology 2007; 70:672–76. PMID: 17991535.

Originally published Oct. 1, 2008; Last reviewed April 18, 2011

Comments:

  1. TruthBehindIt

    Medium sized onion, cut into two from center, and boil in one and a half glass of water, about 400 ml, when a little more than half a glass of water is left, cool it to lukewarm, and drink the water before breakfast and before dinner. Two times a day.
    It has shown good result on people with prostate gland enlargement.

  2. Koke

    Hi Louise, I also try herbal medicine to treat my BHP. Which works the same but be better than antibiotics.

  3. Louise

    yup. some food really works.we can also take herbal medicine to get recovery, like Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill.it’s natural and safe.

  4. Adele

    What a pleusare to meet someone who thinks so clearly

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