Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common diagnosis among men over 50 years old. As men age, the likelihood of getting BPH increases.
BPH is the enlargement of the prostate gland, fueled by hormonal changes of advanced age. The prostate gland becomes so enlarged that it presses up against the urethra, causing urinary symptoms. Symptoms of BPH include difficulty in starting urination, having a weak urine stream, having intermittency in their urine stream, urinating at night during sleep, urinating frequently, and having sudden urges to urinate.
What supplements would help with symptoms of BPH?
Supplements that have shown improvement in urinary symptoms are saw palmetto, pumpkin seed oil, and beta-sitosterol. Prostate Health makes it easy for you, by combining all of them in their easy-to-swallow capsules.
Saw palmetto: The evidence is conflicting about whether or not it works. In earlier studies, saw palmetto behaved like a prescription drug and was able to shrink the inner lining of the prostate gland and improve urinary outflow. In recent studies, there was no significant difference between saw palmetto and placebo. However, saw palmetto was not used in combination with other supplements, which could have resulted in better outcomes.
Pumpkin seed oil: It reduces the amount of hormone that feeds into the prostate gland. In 2009, a Korean study revealed that the combination of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto significantly improved the International Prostate Symptom Score in men with BPH compared to placebo. The International Prostate Symptom Score is a score based on 8 questions, all related to urination, frequency, straining, and night-time urination.
Beta-sitosterol: This cholesterol-like substance is found in plants; it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps improve urinary outflow in BPH.
Why does Prostate Health contain quercetin, lycopene and selenium?
Inflammation has an underlying role in BPH and the development of prostate cancer. Researchers have identified quercetin, lycopene and selenium as anti-oxidants that reduce inflammation by neutralizing the oxidation process. For example, lycopene, an anti-oxidant found in tomatoes, reduced the progression of BPH in men with BPH. At the end of six months, men who took lycopene did not have further prostatic enlargement compared to a placebo.
What makes Prostate Health different from other supplements?
Prostate Health has the benefit of all six ingredients, identified to target the prostate. In 2013, a Brazilian study demonstrated a reduction of inflammatory cells in the prostate from a combination supplement containing saw palmetto, lycopene and selenium, similar to that of Prostate Health.
If you notice changes in urination and you’re over 50 years old, see your physician first. Prostate cancer can present itself with the same symptoms, and treatment is vastly different from BPH. Supplements like Prostate Health can be used in conjunction with prescription meds for BPH- just talk with your physician.
About the Author
Dr. Karine Wong has over 12 years of clinical experience as a clinical hospital pharmacist, manager and lecturer. She has taught numerous pharmacotherapy lectures to nurses, medical interns and pharmacy students in Southern California. In 2013, she published Call Me Doctor, her first fiction novel. Currently, she contributes articles on www.rxeconsult.com, a website for healthcare professionals.