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10 Natural Remedies for an Enlarged Prostate

Do you go to the restroom more than often? Do you often dash when it’s “time to go”? Or do you find it difficult to urinate?

Chances are, you have an enlarged prostate.

An enlarged prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) poses many problems. It blocks the urethra so urine from the bladder cannot pass through.

This results in BPH symptoms such as frequent urination.

Your doctor might recommend surgery to treat this. However, some surgergies comes with many complications.

To keep your prostate health in good shape, look to mother nature.

Natural and herbal remedies will not only help to heal your prostate but will so naturally and most importantly, with no side effects.

1) Pygeum

Pygeum comes from the bark of the African plum tree and has been used traditionally for urinary problems.

Researchers believe that pygeum helps the prostate in three ways.

  1. It directly reduces the inflammation of the prostate.
  2. It suppresses prostate growth factors.
  3. And third, it reduces prolactin levels and decreases the uptake of testosterone.

A multi-center study in Germany claims that pygeum improves urine flow. It decreases residual urine volume, urine flow rate, and increases voided volume.

It decreases night-time urination and improves bladder elasticity and prostate secretions. In short, it restores normal urination and prostate function.

Phytosterols found in plants produce an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of BPH.

This component has also been found in studies to be very effective in treating prostatitis. In a large double-blind study, 263 men received 100 mg of pygeum daily over 60 days.

At the end of the study, 66% of the group reported significant improvement in urinary flow, frequency, and night-time urination.

2) Rye Grass Pollen Extract

The rye grass pollen extract is an emerging natural treatment for prostate enlargement.

It is derived from three types of pollen is used for prostate diseases in Western Europe and East Asia. Two studies explored the effects of rye grass pollen extract.

They found that the grass pollen improved symptoms of prostate enlargement. These include the frequency of night-time urination and the amount of urine left in the bladder.

Another meta-analysis of 444 men showed that rye grass pollen extracts significantly improved self-rated urinary symptoms in men with enlarged prostates.

One study also showed that rye grass pollen extract decreased the size of the prostate when seen in an ultrasound. Multiple clinical studies support its effectiveness in the treatment of an enlarged prostate.

One 2017 meta-analysis consisting of 10 clinical studies actually revealed an 83% positive response rate from patients, with no side effects reported.

Further studies have also emphasized the healing properties of ryegrass, stating that flower pollen extract could significantly improve patients’ quality of life if suffering from prostatitis.

3) Saw Palmetto

The extract of saw palmetto has been used for centuries in relieving symptoms of prostate enlargement. It is derived from a fan-shaped plant that is native to North America. Experts consider saw palmetto as a gold standard for herbal prostate treatments.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has compiled numerous studies that support the benefits of saw palmetto. Experts agree that saw palmetto contain fatty acids, flavonoids, and beta-sitosterol that decrease prostate inflammation.

Saw palmetto also alters certain hormone levels that affect prostate size. And unlike other medications, saw palmetto doesn’t change normal prostate-specific androgen levels.

How much saw palmetto should you take? Experts recommend a daily intake of 320 milligrams of saw palmetto split into two doses. It may take 4 to 6 weeks for you to feel its effects.

4) Beta Sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol is a sterol, similar to cholesterol, found in plant foods. It hosts a wide range of health benefits, especially when it comes to healing an enlarged prostate.

It has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of BPH, including improving urination flow and prostatitis.

Many studies have been conducted, reviewing the effectiveness of beta-sitosterol as a natural treatment for enlarged prostate symptoms.

One 2000 review of four randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies examined over 500 men suffering BPH.

The results found that beta-sitosterol significantly improved urinary symptoms, residual volume, and urine flow.

Beta-sitosterol works to inhibit the activity of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which is a critical trigger in the development of BPH and prostate cancer.

Flomax and other common prostate drugs were designed to mimic the way beta-sitosterol works. While these drugs may hide your symptoms, they will in no way treat the root of the problems.

A further issue is that they can cause side effects, including erectile dysfunction. Two popular alpha blockers drugs are Proscar (Finasteride) and Flomax (Tamsulosin). Their side effects have been widely documented across the web, and it is strongly advised that you opt for natural and safer remedies.

Several studies support the anti-inflammatory substances in beta-sitosterol. A double-blind trial of 519 men who took beta-sitosterol preparations showed improved urine flow.

Another systematic review claims that avocados contain bioactive carotenoids. These substances act with beta-sitosterol to fight cancer cells, which enlarge the prostate.

5) Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettle leaves may cause sharp, intense pain, but its extract has benefits for the prostate. Like saw palmetto, stinging needle is rich in fatty acids and sterols that decrease inflammation and swelling of the prostate.

One study found that stinging nettle relieves urinary symptoms of prostate enlargement. It helps by improving the flow of urine and decreasing residual urine volume. It is a natural diuretic.

You can have stinging needle as a drink. Add one teaspoon of dried leaves in hot water. Let it stay for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink this tea mix 2 to 3 times daily.

6) Zinc

This essential mineral helps boost our immune response and cell growth. Zinc supplements are proven to protect the prostate gland and suppress inflammation and enlargement.

Experts agree that we should take about 90 mg of zinc daily. You can also eat foods rich in zinc. This includes seafood, fortified cereals, and cashews.

7) Boron

Strong evidence has shown that boron may play an important role in protecting men from prostate cancer.

This powerful, yet often overlooked mineral has been proven to reduce prostate cancer risk as well as lowering PSA levels. In one study reviewed the dietary intake of boron in 95 cancer patients.

The results found that men with the highest boron intake showed a 54% lower risk of prostate cancer, compared to those with the lowest intake.

It was also noted that a higher intake of boron was associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer.

Adequate levels of boron have been associated with a 64% reduced risk of prostate cancer; however, obtaining boron from food sources is difficult, with very low levels of boron being found in food.

As an example, apples are considered to be a good source.

To gain the minimum of 3mg of boron daily, you would need to eat 2.4lb of apples. As a result, many men are boron deficiency and potentially at a higher risk of developing prostate problems.

Finding an effective supplement containing high levels of born, could make a big difference when it comes to your health.

8) Turmeric

Curcumin, the main active ingredient found in turmeric, is an orange spice found in many a kitchen. Widely used in Asia, this spice has become primarily known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

While inflammation plays an important role in protecting our bodies against bacteria, long term inflammation can result in devastating health problems.

Chronic, low-level inflammation is now thought to play a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and various degenerative conditions.

Curcumin is a powerful weapon against inflammation, even matching the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, tamoxifen, sulindac, and naproxen, but without the negative side effects. Research has also suggested that it may have anti-cancer properties.

In a study, researchers from the University of Leicester found that curcumin and turmeric were just as effective at stopping the spread and growth of cancer cells. This was in comparison to Oxaliplatin, a drug used during chemotherapy.

The National Institute of Health has also looked into curcumin as a potential cancer-inhibiting ingredient. Its benefits have been studied in over 54 studies.

9) Ellagic Acid

If you have a taste for berries, then you’re in luck. Ellagic acid is an antioxidant naturally found in 46 different types of fruit. Many clinical studies have endorsed its cancer-fighting abilities.

Studies carried out by The Hollings Cancer Institute found that ellagic acid can cause apoptosis (death of cancer cells) for prostate cancer cells within 72 hours. Normally health cells have a life cycle of around 120 days. However, cancer cells do not die but rather multiple.

That’s where ellagic acid comes in; it has been proven to kill cancer cells without damaging healthy ones.

10) Japanese Sophora (Flower Buds) Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonol, derived from plants; in the case of Total Health, it comes from the flower buds of Japanese Sophora.

Many clinical trials have shown it to be an effective anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce prostate-related pain and swelling.

As an antioxidant quercetin fights free radicals and has been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. This was demonstrated in an animal study, whereby mice were induced with cancer and treated with quercetin. Overall, they found that the size of the mice tumor cells had significantly decreased.

This supercharged antioxidant also interacted with the mice’s DNA, which further helped to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy normal cells untouched. For those thinking ‘well animal trials don’t always translate to human trials,’ you’re in for a surprise.

Quercetin has been labeled a Tier 1 Supplement. That means that quercetin has many successful clinical studies and research that support its effectiveness.

One interesting human study had very positive results. The study was a randomized, double-blind study published in Urology. It had 28 men with CP/CPPS taking either a placebo or 500 mg of quercetin twice a day for one month.

The study’s authors also conducted a follow-up unblind, open-label study that involved an additional 17 men who received a supplement that contained quercetin, as well as other ingredients.

At the end of the month, the men’s Prostate Symptom Score fell from 21.0 to 13.1 in the quercetin group and from 20.2 to 18.8 in the placebo group.

An improvement in symptoms of at least 25% was reported by 20% of patients taking a placebo and 67% of patients taking quercetin.

There you have it, the ultimate herbal remedy for healing your prostate!

When it comes to treating prostate problems, natural is the way to go. Yet, getting all of these components into your diet can be difficult at times, especially in the right dosage.

That’s why Ben’s Total Health doesn’t only include all 7 of the herbal remedies discussed above but 16 extra prostate healing ingredients.

Yes, that’s right that means 23 powerful herbal ingredients combined in one supplement designed to supercharge your prostate treatment.

Prostate cancer rates are higher than ever before, and sadly, many men are unknowingly relying on dangerous prostate drugs with life-wrecking side effects. With natural, herbal remedies, you can treat your prostate naturally, safely and with no nasty side effects.

There are natural remedies for it. Along with these, you should have a healthy diet and decrease your consumption of red meat and processed foods. These will increase your hormone levels and reduce the effect of natural remedies.

Remember… Surgery is not always the option. As a natural approach can heal your enlarged prostate…

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  1. Joseph A Merrick

    I have a swollen prostate to a small degree and am on my third bottle of Total Health- I can’t afford all these products-What would be the better one. Thanks Joseph

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