natural remedies for prostate health

Natural Remedies for Men’s Health:

Prostate Health        

 Natural remedies for prostate health, prostate inflammation,

enlarged prostate, and male reproductive function.

Also includes fertility, male hormones, and sperm health.

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Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto Complex
Zinc
Rhodiola
Plant Sterols

Prostanol
Red Foods including Lycopene

More Natural Remedies for Prostate Health
from Natural Health Answers Report.


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Natural Remedies for Prostate Health

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Saw Palmetto

Most beneficial in benign enlargement of the prostate, also called benign prostatic hypertophy (BPH). So many men experience this as they get older. This is not the same as prostate cancer.

Studies suggest as many as 90% of men with BPH have improved symptoms within 6 weeks of taking Saw Palmetto. It has an anti-inflammatory action. Some studies suggest it may help to kill cancer cells in prostate cancer. Anecdotally, it may be beneficial in male-pattern baldness due to its hormonal action.Saw Palmetto contains active principles that inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to di-hydro-testosterone and leads to the changes in both prostate and hair. Taking Saw Palmetto will not interfere with PSA test

Warnings: rarely can lead to upset stomach – reduce dose.

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Saw Palmetto Complex

Nature's Aid make one well known Saw Palmetto combination, and there are others on the market - maybe with different ingredients.

This one is a mixture of saw palmetto with nettle, zinc, and pumpkin, copper, glutamic acid, alanine and glycine. For the benefits of saw palmetto and zinc, see elsewhere on this page.

Nettle root is traditionally used for prostate health.

Pumpkin contains fatty acids and plant sterols which help bladder emptying, balance immune function and reduce inflammation.

Warnings: rarely can lead to upset stomach – reduce dose. do not exceed the recommended daily dose for long periods. best absorbed when taken separately from high fibre food.

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Red Foods  including Lycopene

red foods tomato lycopene

So-called red foods are made with dried vegetables such as tomato, carrot, beetroot and cayenne pepper. Sometimes they are described as 'super foods'. In reality they are simply concentrates.

These plants are rich in carotenoids, a group of anti-oxidant compounds with immune-balancing and cancer preventing properties. In particular, LYCOPENE is beneficial for the prostate, and prevents and repairs damaged cells, reducing cell proliferation (a characteristic of cancer cells). It also protects the heart and arteries from damage by oxidised LDL cholesterol.

Red food powder can also be used as a tasty culinary spice.

Warnings: those with chronic digestive ulceration may experience irritation due to the cayenne.

 

 

 

 

Zinc

An essential mineral for male reproductive function, including male hormones and sperm health.

Zinc is often depleted in vegetables due to modern farming methods: quantities in food vary greatly. Zinc is also an antioxidant and helps protect cells and blood vessels.

Copper should be included in any zinc supplement because zinc alone may lower your copper levels.

Warnings: do not exceed the recommended daily dose unless under supervision by a qualified healthcare professional. Best absorbed when taken separately from high fibre food.

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Rhodiola

A intriguing herb from Russia with many benefits. Helps normalise prostatic fluid and encourages the release of male sexual hormones.

Rhodiola is also an adaptogen, assisting our bodies to adapt to stress by supporting the adrenal system. It benefits the immune system, and assists in balancing serotonin,  a brain chemical which may lift depression.

Warnings: requires supervision if you have coronary spasm or fluctuations in arterial pressure. requires supervision if you have nervous excitability and hypertension.

Check amounts of rosavins (active principles) in any supplement.

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Prostanol

There are a number of combinations for prostate health, widely available. This one is by Bional.

This combo contains pumpkin oil, with plant sterols. Beta-sitosterol backs up the anti-inflammatory effect. Add nettle, a herb traditionally used for prostate health, and magnesium which helps relax blood vessels. Prostanol includes extra zinc, in addition to the zinc naturally occurring in pumpkin oil, for male hormones and sperm health. It also includes small amounts of java tea, Echinacea, orotic acid, saw palmetto and vitamin E.
Warnings: none listed

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Plant Sterols

plant sterols for prostate healthThese products are becoming more widely available, for example, in margarine!

Plant sterols, or phytosterols, are naturally occurring plant chemicals. The main molecule is beta-sitosterol. In plants, they are involved with cell membranes.

There is research evidence to support their effectiveness in reducing symptoms of BPH. As many of us don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to provide these sterols, a supplement is advised for a wide range of conditions, including enlarged prostate (BPH).

Sterols can help block the absorption of dietary cholesterol, although there is no doubt that dietary cholesterol contributes as much to unhealthy blood cholesterol as we used to believe. They are also useful in a wide range of conditions including heart health, immune system problems, allergies, and infections including viral. They also act as anti-inflammatories. There is some evidence that high supplemental amounts could place a strain on arteries or the heart, so little and often is the key.

For further information, please see Heart Health topic pages.

Warnings: not to be used if you have the following: any organ transplant; joint replacements; breast or other implants; pacemaker. Those with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura/multiple sclerosis/Diabetics/genetic abnormalities of fat metabolism/Pregnant or breastfeeding, use only under supervision.

Not recommended for long-term use.

There are several plant sterol products on the market, and there will surely soon be more. Usually quite pricy.

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