Many men suffer needlessly from problems associated with their prostate gland. Most men equate prostate with performance and the “little blue bill.” This bill increases blood flow and works for a short time only but is not associated with the prostate gland.
Most of the time, prostate gland problems include difficulty with urination or possibly pain on urination. Many men complain of getting up multiple times at night and having to urinate quite frequently. Moreover, the force of urination is markedly decreased. Keeping your prostate healthy can help decrease these problems. In addition, the prostate can help “trigger” healthy performance.
Here’s the prostate performance connection: over 50% of men who get prostate surgery report that they can no longer perform.1 In addition, for those in this study who still could perform sexually, none could reach climax, and less than 5% said their experiences were as good as before surgery.
Thus, it’s not enough to just stimulate blood flow for peak performance, your prostate must be working at full capacity too. There are simple and easy solution to protect your prostate which can ease your fears of poor performance, plus help you urinate better.
These solutions can help you be able to have forceful urinary flow and get sound, restful sleep at night. This helps you stay more alert during the day and can improve your self-confidence with a sharp, quiet mind that’s on top of everything. And of course, you should never have to give up on the love of your woman.
If you are suffering from these problems, a little preventative maintenance may be your answer: maintain a healthy prostate for better overall function. Here’s some suggestions on how to achieve this health.
First, there are two enzymes produced by your body that can work against you to worsen your prostate health and potentially cause problems. The first enzymes is 5-alpha reductase and the other is aromatase.
The first, 5-alpha reductase, can transform your testosterone into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. Every man has some DHT, but when levels get too high, it can stimulate your prostate gland to grow excessively, causing a problem called prostatic hypertrophy. This condition can be the cause of your urinary problems. Unfortunately, this conversion tends to occur more frequently as you get older.
The same is true for the enzyme aromatase: over time, aromatase slowly turns your reserve of testosterone into the female hormone estrogen. The binding of estrogen (and DHT) to the receptors on your prostate may result in you losing the vital power that makes you feel like a man.
This loss of power includes your ability to perform and to urinate with the kind of force and flow you’re used to… it can also bring on feelings of fatigue, anxiety and loss of sleep. As estrogen rises and testosterone falls, you may start to notice that your once-firm muscles turn soft and flabby… especially around your belly and in your chest.
Here are a few simple steps that you can do to help keep your prostate in good condition as you age.
First, eat in a healthier manner. Eating organic, grass-fed beef may help lower estrogen levels. Add more cruciferous vegetables to your diet, such as broccoli and cauliflower. Increase consumption of lean protein. You should eat at least around a half a gram of protein per pound of weight every day.
Second, exercise at least two to three times a week. This will not only stimulate your natural production of testosterone, but will also improve your mind, body, and overall health. I recommend you do interval training types of exercise, where short bursts of intense activity alternate with short recovery periods. This is like running a sprint as fast as you can; recover, then do it again but a little more intense or longer each interval. This has the potential to give you better results than doing just aerobic or cardio exercise.
Third, take nutrients and supplements specifically designed to keep your prostate healthy:
1.Beta Sitosterol: studies have shown improvement in force of urination. Typically, after the age of 50 the average man’s urine flow rate drops significantly. One recent study on a large number of men in India found that after 50, your urine flow is reduced by as much as 30%, and declines rapidly from there.(1)
The secret to improving urination is to maintain a healthy normal-sized prostate gland. There are certain nutrients that help this. One is Beta sitosterol. Beta Sitosterol has been clinically proven to increase your urine flow and decrease the amount of residual urine left in your bladder.
One randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study – the gold standard in clinical trials – looked at 200 men with benign prostate enlargement. Half the group received 180 mg of beta-sitosterol daily, while the other half received placebo. After six months, the group taking the beta sitosterol saw improvement in these parameters.(2)
A British study had the same results of improved urine flow and decreased residual urine in men with benign prostate enlargement. They were given 130 mg of beta-sitosterol daily and were monitored for over six months. On average, urinary flow values increased by 4.5 ml/second while the amount of urine left in the bladder decreased by 33.5 ml, a significant difference.(3) Thus, not only can you improve your urine performance, but you can also sleep a lot better with fewer trips to the bathroom.
2. Saw Palmetto: Most studies have shown that up to 90% of men get help with their prostate when they take saw palmetto. Their night time urination is less and if they can stop getting up to go to the bathroom during the night, they get better quality sleep. They also experience an increase in urinary flow and felt that their bladders were actually empty after urinating. Saw Palmetto has been shown to inhibit 5-alpha reductase and thus decrease the conversion of testosterone to DHT.
3. Pygeum Africanum: Extracts of this African herb have shown an improvement in urinary flow improved and decrease in late night bathroom trips. In addition, better performance was also reported.
4. Pumpkin Seed Extract: In a German study of over 2,000 men, overall prostate associated symptoms improved by almost 50%. Quality of life scores improved by 46%.(4)
5. Zinc: Your prostate has the highest concentration of zinc in your body. Zinc is necessary to maximize your testosterone production and it extends the life of testosterone in your bloodstream. It can also increase the sensitivity of your testosterone receptors. Thus it is important to have a healthy level of zinc.(5)
More than 60 percent of men have a zinc deficiency. Your semen has 100 times more zinc than your blood – and your prostate has the highest concentration of zinc in your body. Thus, zinc could be called a real “man’s mineral.” Moreover, zinc helps reduce the enzymes that convert your testosterone into DHT, the hormone that increases BPH as discussed above.
6. Lycopene: A nutrient from tomatoes that is a natural carotenoid. It has antioxidant power double most other antioxidants, and 10 times stronger than vitamin D. It has been linked to improved prostate health.(6) One study from Harvard University revealed that men who ate foods high in lycopene lowered their risk of prostate health issues by 45%.
7. Selenium: A mineral that can help support and boost your immune system. It is especially helpful for your prostate. Studies have consistently shown that men with higher levels of selenium have a reduced risk of prostate trouble. Conversely, men with low levels of selenium show a higher risk of prostate health issues.
It is sometimes difficult to get enough selenium from a normal American diet. Thus, supplementation is important, since minerals like selenium are lacking in the soil for growing produce. It’s easier to just take a pill and not worry about whether you’re getting enough in your diet.
8. Boron: This mineral can help keep your prostate in its natural: a small, walnut-sized shape. As with selenium, commercial farming has depleted our soil of this nutrient that was once found in fruits and vegetables. Now, supplementation is recommended.
Boron used to be in the fruits and vegetables you eat. But commercial farming has depleted our soil of many of the minerals you need to stay healthy.
9. CoQ10: Well known for boosting heart and brain health, this natural substance can also have a profound effect on your prostate health. A recent study published by the University of Hawaii confirmed these conclusion.(7)
CoQ10 concentrates in your organs that need energy the most, such as your heart, liver and prostate. Thus, your prostate uses CoQ10 to create the fuel it needs for energy to function efficiently. In addition, CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain your DNA and protect the mitochondria within the cells of your prostate.
10. Stinging Nettles Extract: Studies have suggested that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms, such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate. These symptoms are caused by the enlarged prostate gland pressing on the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). Stinging nettle may be effective in slowing the growth of the prostate, similar to finasteride, which is a prescription medication commonly prescribed for BPH.
A preparation that includes many of these substances in one supplement is Prostate Support Formula by Physiologics. Together with another Physiologic’s product, Phytosterol Complex (Beta Sitosterol), these quality preparations (sold only in physician’s offices) can help improve your prostate health.
Prostate Support Formula 2 capsules contain:
Zinc (as Zinc Glycinate Chelate)*** 10 mg 67%
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine) 25 mcg 36%
Modified Citrus Pectin (low molecular wt.) 200 mg **
Standardized Pygeum Africanum Extract (bark) 150 mg **
(Phytosterols 3.75 mg [2.5%])
Standardized Saw Palmetto Extract (berry) 150 mg **
(free fatty acids 67.5 mg [45%])
Standardized Stinging Nettles Extract (leaf) 150 mg **
(Silica 1.5 mg [1%])
Pumpkin Powder (seed) 100 mg **
Soy Germ Extract (2% Isoflavones)**** 100 mg **
Lycopene (from Tomato) 7 mg **
Phytosterol Complex 2 capsule contain:
Phytosterol Complex 1,000 mg (1 g)
Providing: Sterol Esters (Beta Sitosterol, Campesterol, Stigmasterol)
equivalent to 500 mg of plant sterolsBeta Sitosterol
1.Tara Parker-Pope, “On Sex After Prostate Surgery, Confusing Data,” The New York Times. Jan 18, 2009.
2. Berges R, et. Al. “Treatment… with b-sitosterol: an 18 month follow-up”, BJU Internationsl, 2000; 85, 842-84.
3. Klippel K, et. Al. “A multicentric, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of beta-sitosterol (phytosterol)…” German BPH-Phyto Study group, 1997 Sep; 80(3):427-32.
4. Wilt TJ, et al. “phytotherapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia.” Public Health Nutr. 2000;3(4A):459-72.
5. Bach D, et al. “Long-term treatment of BPH.” Phytomed 3 (1996):105-11.
6. Giovannucci E. et al. “Intake of carotenoids and retinol in relation to risk of prostate..” J Natl Cancer Inst 1995 Dec6; 87 (23):1767-76.
7.Chai W, Cooney R, Franke A, Caberto C, Wilkens L, Le Marchand L, Goodman M, Henderson B, Kolonel L. “Plasma Coenzyme Q10 levels and prostate … the multiethnic cohort study.” C Epid Biomarkers Prev. 2011; 20(4):708-10.
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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.