More and more, we hear and see advertisements expressing the urgency of getting your prostate checked. While we still don’t know what exactly causes it, there are hopeful ways of preventing issues down the road. Today, we are talking about some supplements that can help!
A key ingredient in our stock Prostate and Health formula, lycopene, is a red antioxidant found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, guava, and watermelon. Increasing research shows lycopene’s agency in prostate health. One German study asked 40 men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which is prostate enlargement, to take 5 mg of lycopene daily for 6 months. Prostate growth stopped in these men, whereas prostate size increased by almost 25% among men taking placebos. In addition, most of the men taking lycopene benefited from decreases in prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an indicator of prostate cancer risk.
Pygeum and Stinging Nettle
Often used in combination, these two herbs have research to back their promising effects. A European study involved 134 individuals taking capsules containing extracts of both herbs. After 28 days, nighttime urination, residual urine, and urine flow were all considerably reduced. Furthermore, both pygeum and stinging nettle comprise large amounts of beta-sitosterol, which is purported to prevent certain cancers, including that of the prostate.
This antioxidant is found in the skins of red onions and red apples, and can aid in resolving nonbacterial prostatitis. A study? Sure. A group of men with prostatitis took 500 mg of quercetin twice daily for a month. Two-thirds of these men had at least a 25% reduction in symptoms. When researchers added bromelain and papain, two other supplements known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, 82% of the subjects benefited.
A study in the Czech Republic treated 42 men with lower urinary tract symptoms characteristic of BPH. These men also had elevated PSA levels. They were provided either 1,500 mg of dried cranberry fruit or placebos every day for 6 months. Results? The men taking cranberry experienced lower PSA levels, significant declines in urinary symptoms, and improvements in their overall quality of life. Meanwhile, men taking placebos showed no major improvements.
Why these supplements matter
Most men begin experiencing prostate enlargement by age 40. This condition, BPH, is a noncancerous growth of the gland, though it may be a preface to prostate cancer. Another condition, prostatitis, the inflammation of the prostate, can affect men at any age. It’s a good thing there are nutrients, supplements, and lifestyle changes that can lessen prostate issues. Want to put this information to good use? Offer your customers a prostate supplement! Who knows, maybe your product will be the one that potentially helps curve life-threatening conditions.