Prostate problems? According to statistics 1 in every 4 American men above 40 are in the high risk category for health problems associated with the prostate gland. About half the men in the age group of 60 and 80% of the men over 80 are predicted to suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) possibly leading to prostate cancer. And the numbers are growing.
Whether you are below 40 or over 40—educating yourself on the reasons, causes and management of prostate problems could:
- Help prevent prostate problems
- Alleviate their symptoms
With statistics showing American men at greater risk and given that prostate cancer is the number one cancer killer among men in our country, the time for you to act is now.
What is the Prostate?
The prostate, a small organ approximately the size of a walnut, found below the bladder, forms a part of the male reproductive organ. The prostate produces semen. At birth the size of the prostate gland is the about the size of a pea. At puberty the prostate doubles in size. After 40, the prostate begins to increase in size because of a change in levels of the male hormone, testosterone.
Understanding the Problem
Change in the levels of the hormone, testosterone affect the size of the prostate. This happens because testosterone is converted into another, more powerful male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the prostate cells. DHT is triggers the division of prostate cells increasing their number. Levels of DHT are known to be 5 times higher in enlarged prostate glands than in those of a normal sized prostate. If the conversion of testosterone to DHT is prevented, BPH may not occur and may even be reversed once it has developed.
Who is at Greater Risk?
It is seen that factors like age, heredity, lifestyle, diet and ethnicity have much to do with prostate related problems. For example, African American men are at more risk than Caucasians; men who live sedentary lives are also at more risk.
- Treatment with Drugs. This may give temporary relief to prostate problems. As soon as the drug treatment stops the prostate begins to increase in size. Drugs also may have harmful side effects such as headaches, dizziness, tiredness. Some drug treatments may inhibit your sex life and temporarily affect the ability to perform.
- Surgery. Not all surgical treatment has turned out to be a permanent solution. The prostate may grow again involving a repeat operation. There is also the risk of inhibitions to your sex life.
- Nutritional support through prostate supplements.
Nutrition and Prostate Problems
While heredity and ethnicity are important factors, research has shown that nutrition also plays a critical role in prostate related problems. Studies indicate lack of certain nutrients increases the risk for prostate enlargement. Doctors recommend a healthy diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and cutting down on red meats and saturated fats.
Nutritional Support: Does It Really Work?
Beta-sitosterol is a phytosterol or plant sterol. It is a nutrient found in plant sources like wheat germ, rice bran, flax seeds, peanuts, soybeans, pumpkin seeds and corn oil.
Beta-sitosterol inhibits an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), thereby decreasing the amount of DHT. Since DHT is considered to be responsible for the enlargement of the prostate, beta-sitosterol may help to support normal prostate size.
There are numerous clinical studies that note the inhibiting effects of beta-sitosterol on the growth of the prostate gland and positive benefits in relieving patients of the symptoms of benign prostate hypertrophy.
- The Journal of the American Medical Association (1998). 2,939 men were treated for BPH in a 31-year study comprising of 18 trials. They were given beta-sitosterol extracted from saw palmetoo. The conclusion: “The evidence suggests that Serenoa repens (saw palmetto) improves urologic symptoms and flow measures.”
- The British Journal of Urology 177 men suffering from BPH were given beta-sitosterol for 6 months.. In their report, the effectiveness of beta-sitosterol was substantiated by 32 references. The conclusion: “These results show that beta-sitosterol is an effective option in the treatment of BPH.
- The Lancet, reported a study conducted for a year in which 200 men participated. Half of them were given pure beta-sitosterol and the other half a placebo . The conclusion: “Significant improvement in symptoms and urinary flow parameters show the effectiveness of beta-sitosterol in the treatment of BPH.
- The Current Therapeutic Research (1994) reported a six-week study using standardized extract of beta-sitosterol conducted at the University of Brussels, Belgium. The conclusion: “Traditional parameters for quantifying prostatism, such as the International Prostate Symptom Score, the quality of life score, urinary flow rates, residual urinary volume, and prostate size were found to be significantly improved after only 45 days of treatment. After 90 days of treatment, a majority of patients (88%) and treating physicians (88%) considered the therapy effective.”
None of the clinical studies indicate any significant side effects of beta sitosterol.
We cannot get enough of beta-sitosterol through diet alone. You would have to eat 4 lbs of palmetto berries to get 600 mg of beta-sitosterol which is the suggested dietary allowance.
Super Beta Prostate contains pure mixed sterols from natural plant sources along with other herbs, essential vitamins and minerals to support prostate health and a healthy sex life.
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