The prostate gland serves a reproductive function by processing fluids used to carry the sperm.
The urethra, the tube that pass urine, goes right through the prostate gland. When the prostate gland enlarges, it compresses the urethra making urination difficult.
All men can expect to experience this problem as they age. Fortunately, it is not cancerous and does not spread. This condition has been given the medical term benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.
Let's look at a list of useful remedies that are used around the world for treating this health condition...
|Natural Remedies||What Experts Say...|
Saw palmetto is well studied for the treatment of an enlarged prostate gland. Previous clinical studies show that it is effective for shrinking the gland. This herb is one of the better natural remedies for enlarged prostate glands.
A recent well-designed study involving 369 men showed that it was no better than taking a placebo (sugar pill) after 48 weeks of using this herb.
Dose: Take 160 mg taken twice daily. For other dosage formulations, see the full review on saw palmetto.
Clinical evidence support using beta-sitosterol for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. It improved all the symptoms such as urinary flow.
Dose: Take 20 mg three times daily. Results may take up to 6 months. Dose as high as 160 mg daily have been used in clinical studies with equally good results.
Pygeum is approved for use in treating BPH in Italy, Germany and France. It can help with mild to moderate BPH by reducing inflammation and inhibiting prostate growth factors.
It will improve symptoms such as the frequency of urination, reduce the need to urinate during the night and promotes a more complete emptying of the bladder.
Dose: Take 50 to 100 mg twice daily. Use the standardized formulation when possible which contains 13% sterols.
Several well-designed studies show that rye pollen was helpful in reducing the symptoms of BPH. When it was compared to pygeum, it seems to be significantly better at reducing symptoms of BPH.
Dose: Take as directed, usually 3 tablets twice daily as per the manufacturer directions.
Nettle seems to increase urine flow, helps to regulate hormones and appears to change the condition of the prostate cells.
Dose: Take 120 mg twice daily. Tincture - 2 to 4 mL three times daily.
Pumpkin seed oil is shown to help reduce the symptoms of BPH in clinical studies. As pumpkin seed oil is a rich source of sterol, zinc and fatty acids, experts believe that this is the reason why it seems to work.
Dose: Take 160 mg three times daily with food.
Zinc plays an important role in maintaining prostate health and is also found in seminal secretions. Some small clinical studies show that zinc helped with improving symptoms of BPH. Larger studies will need to be done to confirm this initial finding.
Dose: Take 15 to 30 mg daily.
Note: Take with 3 mg of copper. It is known that high doses of zinc cause copper deficiency in the body.
Some small studies seem to show that taking garlic may help to improve urine flow in those people with enlarged prostate.
Dose: Take 200 to 400 mg three times daily.
Some research seems to show that the isoflavones found in red clover may reduce some symptoms of BPH. However red clover did not show effect in shrinking the prostate gland.
More studies will need to be done to
|Essential Fatty Acids
These include fish oil or flaxseed oil. Essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Experts believe that essential fatty acids can be helpful to shrink the enlarged prostate gland. However, there are limited studies done in humans to verify this claim although pumpkin seed oil (also a rich source of fatty acids) is shown to help.
Dose: Take 15 mL of flaxseed oil daily. Or take 3,000 mg (3 grams) of fish oil daily (divide into two or three doses daily if desired. You may take 3 grams as a single daily dose).
Studies done on rats show that maca was able to shrink the prostate gland.
However, more study will need to be carried out to verify if this actually works in humans.