So how do you keep your prostate healthy? Many studies on specific ingredients have shown great therapeutic effects on BPH and even cancer-preventive effects. In Europe, herbal treatments are the most popular prescriptions for BPH! Here's a brief list:
Saw Palmetto: Numerous placebo-controlled studies testing saw palmetto against standard drug treatments showed almost equal benefit. Fatty acids from saw palmetto reduce the production of 5-DHT (5-dihydrotestosterone), which causes prostate enlargement in BPH. Saw palmetto has been shown to improve urine flow, decrease nighttime urination frequency, and aid in complete bladder emptying in BPH.
Pygeum africanum: This herb has several effects on BPH, including reducing bladder neck muscle hyper-contractability, inhibiting prostate fibroblast (scar tissue) activity, and improving pre-cancerous prostate cell appearance.
Beta Sitosterol: This group of specific plant-derived chemicals has been found to improve BPH symptoms. Plant sterols such as these may even be the actual "prostate-active" ingredients in many herbal supplements.
Lycopene: This red-colored carotene, found in tomato products, has been shown to reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Beta Glucan: This unique carbohydrate molecule is able to stimulate the immune system.
Zinc: Low zinc levels in the blood and prostate are linked to prostate cancer. Zinc has shown a protective effect against prostate cancer.
Selenium: Studies have shown selenium may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.