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Innovative new methods to support prostate health

Innovative new methods to support prostate health

Prostate enlargement is a common concern for men over the age of 50. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can result in frequent and difficult urination that can impact quality of life. The risk of prostate cancer also significantly increases with aging. Fortunately, specific nutrients help support healthy prostate function, which may positively impact sleep and comfort level. Innovative methods to support and maintain prostate health are discussed in our protocols for benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer prevention and prostate cancer treatment.

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Finding the right information related to a health condition can be daunting. Explore these basic questions about prostate health.

Frequently Asked Prostate Health Questions


What causes prostate problems?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one of the most common prostate problems experienced by men, especially as they age. BPH is an enlargement of the prostate gland. Since the urethra passes through the prostate gland, an enlarged gland can squeeze the urethra, leading to urinary frequency and urgency, urinary retention and nighttime urination. Those who are overweight or have poor blood sugar control are at greater risk for BPH. A diet high in red meat and a lack of physical activity can also put one at risk for BPH.


How do I reduce my risk of prostate cancer?

Eating a prostate-friendly diet is the first step in reducing prostate cancer risk. Diets high in red meat, dairy and fat may increase prostate cancer risk. Diets high in fruits and vegetables may decrease risk. In fact, a diet that encompasses both of these principals, called the Mediterranean diet, may protect men from aggressive and advanced prostate cancer. In addition, maintain a healthy weight and regular exercise may also modify risk. It is important for men over 45 to discuss PSA testing and prostate cancer screening with their doctor. PSA testing and screening can help ensure that prostate cancer is caught while it is still treatable.


How can I improve my prostate health?

In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, select nutrients may improve prostate health. For example, the botanical, saw palmetto, has been shown in some studies to reduce the symptoms of BPH. This may be due to its ability to inhibit the formation of a strong form of testosterone known to encourage prostate growth called dihydrotestosterone. Another nutrient, a flower pollen extract from rye, can help relax the muscles of the urethra as it passes through the prostate, which can help with urine flow. A third consideration would be boswellia, or frankincense. This tree resin contains compounds that can inhibit inflammation by acting on the LOX enzyme, which is known to be present and active in the prostate gland.

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