Prostate health is a major issue in men's health. Here are some informative bits of information that is worth being aware of.
Saw Palmetto: This herb has been proven to improve the signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The active compounds in the herb are responsible for the reduction in activity and production of the hormone DH T (dihydrotestosterone) responsible for prostate dysfunction. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a far reaching review of the herb Saw Palmetto for relieving the uncomfortable urinary symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms of BPH, such as difficult urination and more frequent night-time urination (nocturia), affect roughly 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 59. The review considered some 18 controlled clinical studies. The review concluded that Saw Palmetto was more effective than placebo and just as effective as the standard orthodox medicines in relieving the symptoms of moderate BPH. The review also found that Saw Palmetto was associated with fewer side effects than conventional drug therapies. Suggested intake: one to three capsules daily.
Zinc is a mineral that is more abundant in the prostate gland than any other organ in the body. Zinc supplementation appears to be essential in reducing prostate overgrowth. It appears to act by inhibiting the production and activity of the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Suggested intake: 20mg of zinc as picolinate or citrate 2-3 times a day.
Rhodiola rosea: An adaptogenic herb with applications in male health. For centuries rhodiola has been prized for its virtues as a powerful stimulant. Along with much anecdotal information research has shown that rhodiola can normalize prostate fluid and increase 17- ketosteroids in the urine (a key indicator of male hormone production) in men with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Suggested intake: one to three capsules daily.