I just had my annual check-up with my urologist–everything was good, and I thought I’d share some information about what has worked well for me regarding prostate health.
Most importantly, I have found a supplement I like very well: Prostate Essentials Plus from Swenson Vitamins. Below is a list of ingredients, and I’ll say a few words about each.
- Zinc (from zinc picolinate): Zinc is a trace element, and the particular form of zinc, zinc picolinate, supports absorption in the body. Zinc is known for its ability to aid in the removal of toxins and to prevent prostate enlargement.
- Selenium: A chemical element, selenium is necessary in trace amounts for proper cellular function. It is an antioxident, and it helps to reduce mercury toxicity.
- Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica is known as “stinging nettles” because many of the species have stinging hairs that sting upon contact. It has a long history in Germany as a remedy for arthritis, and it is also used for disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract. It has also been shown in studies to reduce symptoms of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).
- Saw Palmetto Berry Extract: Saw Palmetto Extract is also frequently used to treat symptoms of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), and in fact it is the most popular herbal treatment for this condition. While there is some question validity from scientific studies, its use goes back to American Indians and the Mayans.
- Korean Ginseng Root: Korean Ginseng is energizing and has traditionally been used to treat impotence in males.
- Pygeum africanum Bark Extract: Taken from the bark of Prunus africana, Pygeum has been used to treat BPH.
- Pumpkin Seed Concentrate: Pumpkin seed extract is thought to enhance male hormone production, reduce prostate size, and provide relief for an inflamed bladder, among other benefits.
- Glycine: An organic compound, Glycine helps to maintain proper pH level.
- L-Alanine: L-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that has many benefits including the prevention of kidney stones.
- L-Glutamic Acid: This is a non-essential amino acid that has been shown to reduce cortisol levels.
- Beta-Sitosterol: A plant sterol, Beta-Sitosterol is being studied for its properties in reducing BPH.
- Lycopene: A phytochemical found in tomatoes and some other red fruits and vegetables, lycopene has been shown in preliminary studies to reduce the risk of cancer, and it is thought to be especially helpful for the prostate.
I take two of these supplements daily (the recommended dose). My brother-in-law (who has been treated for prostate cancer) and I both take this supplement faithfully, and we both feel that it is responsible for greater comfort in the prostate area.
A book worth checking out is Prostate Health in 90 Days: Without Drugs or Surgery, by Larry Clapp, Ph.D.Prostate Health in 90 Days I read this a couple years ago and thought it had good information about a natural approach to a healthy prostate. Clapp, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, went on a mission to find natural solutions to his condition. Based upon the research he conducted and implemented, he writes about remedies such as nutrition, homeopathy, cleansing the colon and body, and the link between a healthy mouth and healthy prostate.
These are my personal experiences and recommendations, of course, and as usual you should always check with your own physician.
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