Prostate natural alternatives to enlargement herbs, size reduction research
November 2 2016

Natural alternatives to prostate enlargement
As a man ages, it is very common for the prostate gland to enlarge. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy. As it enlarges, the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding, causing the prostate gland to press against the urethra like a clamp on a garden hose. The bladder wall becomes thicker and irritable. The bladder begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing more frequent urination. Eventually, the bladder weakens and loses the ability to empty itself. Urine remains in the bladder. The narrowing of the urethra and partial emptying of the bladder cause many of the problems associated with prostate enlargement.
Many symptoms of prostate enlargement stem from obstruction of the urethra and gradual loss of bladder function, which results in incomplete emptying of the bladder. The symptoms of prostate enlargement vary, but the most common ones involve changes or problems with urination, such as a hesitant, interrupted, weak stream. urgency and leaking or dribbling, and more frequent urination, especially at night. This is called nocturia.
Many effective pharmaceutical medicines are available to improve symptoms of prostate enlargement. However, there are also effective natural therapies, including the use of time-tested herbal products.

Comprehensive prostate product with saw palmetto formulated, a natural alternative by Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Ingredients include:
Green Tea extract which contains EGCG.
Lycopene extract from tomato
Pygeum africanum extract
Quercetin is a flavonoid
Rye pollen extract has been studied for prostate health
Saw palmetto extract which can also be bought directly here, at Saw-Palmetto herb web site.
Sitosterol or beta sitosterol
Stinging nettle extract
Daidzein – Treatment with equol, the major active form of daidzein, the estrogen-like compound found in soy and similar chemically to genistein, blocks prostate growth in rats.

Do tribulus or tongkat ali help or make prostate enlargement worse?
Tribulus terrestris extract or eurcyoma should not have a major influence on the prostate gland that we know of.

Q. I am a 69 year old male. I have an PSA reading which is higher than I would like. My last medical exam did not include a prostate biopsy but there was no evidence of cancer. I am looking at using a product called ” defined pollen extract ” to reduce the size of my prostate. Can you comment on this product for me ?
A. We are not familiar with ” defined pollen extract.” A google search reveals it contains Ingredients: Defined pollen extract from rye, timothy grass, corn, hazel, sallow, aspen, oxye, and pine pollens. We don’t have any knowledge whether it is effective or not for prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.

There are other nutritional products and herbs that may also be of help:
Complement Ther Med. 2013. A phase II randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the efficacy and safety of ProstateEZE Max: a herbal medicine preparation for the management of symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy. The University of Queensland, School of Medicine, Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia. The aim of the clinical trial was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ProstateEZE Max, an orally dosed herbal preparation containing Cucurbita pepo, Epilobium parviflorum, lycopene, Pygeum africanum and Serenoa repens in the management of symptoms of medically diagnosed benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). The herbal preparation ProstateEZE Max was shown to be well tolerated and have a significant positive effect on physical symptoms of BPH when taken over 3 months, a clinically significant outcome in otherwise healthy men.

Nutritional Research
Use of supplements containing selenium may reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer. The fact that no effect was seen against early prostate cancer suggests that selenium works by slowing cancer progression rather than by preventing it all together. A recent study links the consumption of the essential mineral selenium with a lower risk of prostate cancer. There are now seven population studies in the past six years that examined the possible connection between selenium and prostate cancer. All but one of them have found selenium protective. Yet, since scientists are still uncertain how prostate cancer starts or can be prevented, it is too early to say that selenium definitely protects the prostate.

Findings from a new animal study suggest that selenium use may decrease age-related DNA damage in the prostate and increase epithelial cell apoptosis. Therefore, dietary supplementation with the mineral could be useful in preventing prostate cancer. Dr. David J. Waters, from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, and colleagues evaluated the prostate glands of 49 elderly male dogs that were randomized to receive a regular diet or a diet supplemented with selenium for 7 months. Prostate cells and lymphocytes from selenium-treated dogs demonstrated significantly less DNA damage than cells from control animals. Although the exact mechanism was unclear, it did not appear to involve the plasma antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Animals treated with selenium also demonstrated significantly greater epithelial cell apoptotic activity than control animals. The authors state. “Further study of the process of carcinogenesis within the prostate of animal species vulnerable to spontaneous cancer development may provide important insights into the putative anticancer mechanisms of selenium and identify biomarkers that predict the prostate’s response to selenium.” Source: J Natl Cancer Inst 2003.

Equol benefit
A molecule produced in the intestine when soy is digested stops a hormone which can fuel prostate growth or cause baldness. Writing in the journal Biology of Reproduction, they said the finding could explain why Japanese men, who eat more soy, rarely have prostate cancer. They said the molecule could be used as a treatment for cancer and baldness. The team found that the molecule, equol, “handcuffs” the male hormone DHT – a by-product of testosterone. The researchers say this could be particularly important for men who have been diagnosed with either an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), or cancer of the prostate. DHT has also been implicated in research into the causes of male pattern baldness.

Q. I am soon to be 55 years old and think I have an enlarged prostate with nocturia. I get up every hour and half to urinate. My urologist doesn’t say much. My urine analyses come back fine and when he sticks the finger, it seems normal yet I get up to urinate at night. I eat a very health near vegan diet with some fish and eggs a couple times a week and my morning cup of coffee.
A. It may take trial and error to find the best supplement or medication for your condition.

Q. Your website is a regular must-read for me. I have been taking the supplement UroLogic for my frequent urination. My doctor didn’t think I needed any more intense treatment, since I have no prostate problems or “pressure” discomforts, just frequent bathroom visits. However I haven’t seen much improvement from this present UroLogic supplement and I keep searching your very trusted website for something else or better but haven’t yet come across any. I’ll keep looking, as you keep up the good work of availing the public with valuable health information.
A. A search on the internet reveals UroLogic has Calcium (as calcium hydrogen phosphate), Phosphorus (as calcium hydrogen phosphate & magnesium phosphate), Magnesium (as magnesium phosphate), and a Proprietary Blend of Three leaf caper (Opteva) (Crateva Nurvala) (stem bark) Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) (herb) Silica (as colloidal anhydrous). Frequent urination has many causes and sometimes herbal compounds are effective, other times they are not. Perhaps UroLogic works in other users. It is rare that a particular supplement is helpful in all users. If we come across any research on herbal treatment for frequent urination, we will mention it.

I have a very enlarged prostate. Presently using Uroxatral once a day to help relax the bladder so I can get more sleep at night. I also take an aggressive dose of Essiac Tea (8 herb formula). Do you have something that will support the Essiac Tea and help eliminate the Uroxatrol?
You may ask your doctor to read this page on prostate health and give you suggestions.

I would be interested in ordering product Prostate Power Rx with the hopes of getting off Flomax. I have been diagnosed with BPH enlarged prostate about 6 months ago and put on Flomax one capsule 2 X daily. Can I use Prostate Power Rx while on Flomax and hopefully get off the prescription drug. Also, I hope you can clear up some doubt I have in regard to Saw-Palmetto, some of the things I read they say that it can cause more harm than good.
We cannot advise what supplement a person should or should not take and whether they can take it along with a medication. Each person has a different response based on various differences in diet, overall health, other supplements used, other medications used, heart condition, etc. This product is meant to provide herbs and nutrients to maintain a healthy prostate gland and no guarantees can be made that it can replace the function or role of a medication. It is not possible to predict what effect this formula will have on anyone taking it. As to saw palmetto, thus far a few long term studies have not shown to cause harm but even more longer studies are needed to know for sure.