Most men know how important it is to take care of their prostate health. Located between the bladder and the penis, the prostate gland is part of the reproductive system; without it, men would have trouble producing sperm and getting an erection without treatment.

Some of the most common ways to support a healthy prostate are widely recognized: maintain a balanced diet, get yearly exams and exercise regularly. These simple yet effective self-care rituals go a long way toward overall prostate health.

But many people may not be aware of a less-discussed way of caring for their prostate: drinking coffee and tea.

Some studies suggest drinking six or seven cups a day to maintain prostate health. Since too much sugar can have a negative impact, however, mostly black coffee and unadorned tea are best for the prostate.

While these two common beverages on their own can't prevent or cure prostate cancer, they could be a beneficial addition to a prostate-healthy lifestyle.

What does the research show?

In 2011, a study published in the Journal of