Enlarged prostate occurs when cells in the prostate abnormally divide and multiply, causing the walnut-sized organ to increase in size. Enlarged prostate is also called Benign Prostatic Enlargement or BPE or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH.
An enlarged prostate can cause painful symptoms, particularly during urination and sexual intercourse. Enlarge prostate is usually not cancerous, so is not a threat to health. However, symptoms can adversely affect a person’s quality of life.
There are several treatment options, including a wide range of natural remedies and lifestyle changes, which may help ease symptoms of BPH.
Natural Remedies for Enlarged Prostate
Green tea has a lot of antioxidants (catechins) that enhances the immune system and potentially slow the progression of prostate cancer. It is important to keep in mind that green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine can stimulate the bladder and cause a sudden urge to urinate, possibly deteriorating symptoms. Consult your doctor before trying out this remedy.
Pygeum (African plum extract)
Pygeum has also been shown to contain alcohols, fatty acids, and sterols such as beta-sitosterol that have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on the urogenital tract. Some studies have proven that consuming between 100 and 200 mg of pygeum extract daily or splitting this into two 50 mg doses twice daily may help reduce symptoms of BPH.
This plant contains similar antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds as pygeum and saw palmetto. Nettle root is sometimes used in combination with saw palmetto.
Several studies have linked saw palmetto to reduced BPH symptoms. Saw palmetto is one the most popular herbal supplements used to treat enlarged prostate because it inhibits the production of testosterone and reduces the size of the inner lining of the prostate.
Lycopene is an antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables. A study found that it may help slow the progression of BPH. The deeper pink or red the fruit or vegetable is in color, the higher its lycopene content.
Sources of lycopene include: tomatoes, papaya, carrots, guava, apricots, watermelon, red bell peppers, red cabbage, and pink grapefruit.
Rye-grass pollen is included in the formula of several registered pharmaceutical supplements under the brand name Cernilton. This is aimed at easing symptoms of BPH.
Despite its popularity, Cernilton has never been shown to impact BPH symptoms in any large-scale scientific studies. However, some indicate it may help reduce the overall size of the prostate.
Chronic zinc deficiencies have been shown to increase the chances of developing BPH. Increasing the dietary consumption of zinc may help reduce urinary symptoms linked with an enlarged prostate. Zinc is found in seafood, poultry, seeds and nuts, such as sesame and pumpkin.
- Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed)
Pumpkin seeds contain beta-sitosterol, a compound found in some plants. Maiden studies have shown that beta-sitosterol may improve urine flow and reduce the amount of urine left in the bladder after urination.
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