As men age they become susceptible to prostate health challenges like BPH. BPH is benigh prostatic hyperplasia, or in laymen terms, benign prostate enlargement. This is when the prostate that is normally the size of a walnut can grow to be the size of a lemon.
Over 50% of men in their 60s, and as high as 90% of men in their 80s, can suffer from prostate enlargement. Here are the most common symptoms:
Straining to go.
A weak urine stream.
Stops and starts to their urination.
Getting up to go to the bathroom at night.
Feeling like your bladder isn’t emptying.
Over time these symptoms can also lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, kidney damage, and ED or erectile dysfunction since an enlarged prostate can affect sexual health.
Over in Europe many of these symptoms are treated by natural plant extracts. In today’s article I’m going to talk about the 6 key ingredients for prostate health.
6 Key Ingredients For Prostate Health
Before I list these 6 key ingredients for prostate health it’s important to note that there are two factors that contribute to the growth of the prostate. One is estrogen and the other is DHT or dihydrotestosterone.
As men age their testosterone levels decrease allowing their estrogen levels to have a great impact on their overall health.
DHT is needed to stimulate the growth of the prostate. This is important as men reach puberty. Unfortunately, the DHT isn’t turned off as we age. This hormone can then stimulate the prostate to continue to growth.
And this is were the first key natural ingredient comes in.
Key Ingredient #1 – Saw Palmetto Berry Extract at 320 mg per day
There are a large number of studies on saw palmetto all showing various results from extremely effective to no effect at all. And the key to these studies is the form of saw palmetto extract used.
Saw palmetto can be obtained from the leaf, stem, and berry.
To be effective the saw palmetto extract must come from the berry. And the best extraction process is using CO2 to protect the active ingredients.
Most clinical studies that use saw palmetto berry extract at 320 mg per day had dramatic improvements. For elderly men, a 40% improvement in sexual dysfunction and a 52% improvement in the International Prostate Symptom Score.
Part of the reason why saw palmetto berry extract is so effective is that it blocks the DHT receptors on prostate cells, which reduces the effect that DHT has on enlarging the prostate.
Key Ingredient #2 – Stinging Nettle Root or Urtica Dioica at 200 mg per day
The active ingredient to help with prostate concerns is urtica dioica, which an an extract from stinging nettle root. This ingredient has been clinically shown to both shrink the prostate as well as relieve BPH symptoms.
Stinging nettle root helps deliver both beta-sitosterol and scopoletin. Beta-sitosterol helps with the urine stream. Scopoletin helps to protect prostate cells.
And the combination of stinging nettle root with saw palmetto berry extract produced results similar to BPH drugs, but will far fewer adverse side effects.
Key Ingredient #3 – Pygeum Africanum Extract at 100 mg per day
This extract comes from a plum tree in tropical Africa. This well researched ingredient has shown the following results:
19 to 32% reduction in nocturnal urination
16 to 23% increase in urine flow
30% improvement in quality of life
38 to 46% improvement in International Prostate Symptom Scores
Key Ingredient #4 – Green Tea Leaf Extract Yielding 70% EGCG at 600 mg per day
Green tea leaf extract is extremely rich in antioxidants to help protect your prostate cells from free radical damage. Specifically it is the EGCG of green tea that target these free radicals that can damage prostate cells.
Key Ingredient #5 – Lycopene at a minimum of 15 mg per day
Lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes. It has been heavy promoted for eye health. Not only can it help to protect your eyes, it can also help protect your prostate cells by preventing free radical damage.
Additionally, lycopene has been shown to lower PSA scores and is associated with helping to improve your odds of surviving more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
Key Ingredient #6 – Humulus Lupulus Hops Extract at 500 mg per day
The first 5 ingredients for prostate health are fairly common. This one is not. It is humulus lupulus extract from hops.
If you’re a beer drinker, then you’re familiar with hops as it’s used in beer making formulas all over the world. Resent research is showing that this ingredient can also benefit prostate concerns. Both an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.
One of the key ingredients in this hops extract are the alpha acids, which are powerful antioxidants to help protect your prostate cells from free radical damage. Plus, they provide long lasting benefits. Many studies showing up to 9 hours or more.
They also provide for a healthy inflammatory response and have been shown to be extremely effective in initiating the death of prostate cancer cells. Below are direct links to two excellent scientific articles:
Click Here for the PubMed article.
Click Here for the MDPI article.
If you’re a man and you are suffering from an enlarged prostate, then any combination of these 6 key ingredients for prostate health could be beneficial to you.