Helpful Herbs for the Prostate Gland

In my forties I started experiencing minimal prostate problems relating to urine flow so I immediately consulted my internet doctor and came up with several supplements to address the problem.

Saw Palmetto

There are a couple of prescription drugs available to treat the problem, but rather than go with a prescription drug and its side effects, I chose to go with the basic natural solution which is a herb called saw palmetto. Saw palmetto is a natural herbal extract of the fruit of the serenoa rapens tree. The berries are rich in fatty acids and phytosterols, and their use for urinary, prostate problems, and for the treatment of BPH and its associated urination problems has been widespread in European countries for many years. I have been taking it for over 30 years with no side effects.

In addition to saw palmetto there are some other supplements, pygeum, stinging nettle, quercetin, and beta sistosterol which are of benefit in treating the prostate. A good men’s health product may contain none or all of these supplements.

Pygeum

Pygeum bark gained popularity in Europe in the 1700s but had been used long before that by South African tribes. Later the extract of the bark became a popular form for taking this supplement. Pygeum has been shown to be beneficial in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH.) It is especially helpful in increasing urinary function, often limited due to enlarged prostate. Combining this supplement with saw palmetto and stinging nettle increase the effectiveness of each herb.

Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle root is used widely in Europe to treat BPH in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), and is 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 has also been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, anemia, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.

Beta-sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol came to prominence fairly lately inspired by the concern about cholesterol. Beta-sitosterol is chemically very similar to cholesterol and is readily absorbed into the bloodstream, lowering cholesterol levels. In another application, it was shown that when used in conjunction with saw palmetto, beta sitosterol is an effective option in the treatment of prostate problems. In the plant kingdom, it is found in avocadoes, pumpkin seeds, cashews, rice bran, wheat germ, pecans, black cumin seed, and a variety of other plants.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a powerful natural antioxidant found in the coloring of the skins of apples and red onions. It is a type of chemical called a flavonoid, which are all antioxidants. Quercetin is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory compound that reduces inflammation and irritation of the prostate.

Pumpkin seed oil

It's not the traditional American Jack o'Lantern that produces this power packed seed oil, but a little known variety called the "Styrian pumpkin." which was developed in the Styrian areas of Austria back in the 17th century. This odd looking fruit looks like the ornamental gourds we Americans use for tabletop decorations, and isn't even edible. However, those early growers discovered that the green seeds of the Styrian pumpkin prevented bladder and prostrate problems, and eliminated intestinal parasites. It had such amazing health benefits that Styrian farmers grew this fruit for the seeds alone, and discarded the pulp to use as fertilizer.

What makes the Styrian pumpkin so special compared to a regular Jack o'Lantern? This variety of pumpkin seed oil is loaded with A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E, and K, and an assortment of other minerals including magnesium, iron and calcium. In addition to all those vitamins, it also contains somewhere between 60 to 90 percent unsaturated fats, is rich in vegetable protein and has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids in a 3- to-1 ratio.

It also contains 45 to 60 percent linoleic acid.For those of us watching our health, Styrian pumpkin seed oil has all the right ingredients to relieve muscle fatigue and stimulate muscle growth, boost metabolic rate, and maintain weight loss. From a medical standpoint however, the real health benefit is how the oil seems to prevent urinary and prostate problems, maintain the body's cholesterol levels, and ease the symptoms of arthritis. It is truly a very useful pumpkin.

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