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The three most common problems with the prostate are prostate inflammation (prostatitis), prostate enlargement (benignprostatic hyperplasia (BPH)), and prostate cancer.

Not surprisingly, a vast amount of research has gone into finding medications that will help preventand treat prostate cancer. At this time, there are no pharmaceutical products without serious side effects that do a good job of this. Fortunately, there arenumerous natural supplements that have been found effective either in clinical trials, epidemiological studies or in cell culture investigations.

Saw palmetto, pygeum africanum, stinging nettle and beta-sitosterolare all effective in dealing with an enlarged prostate and its attendant problems. The ayurvedic ProstaCare formula (Himalaya) has been clinically testedand found to be very effective in dealing with both the static and dynamic components of BPH.

Most cases (90%) of prostatitis are non-bacterial in orgin so antibiotics are of limited use. However, I have found Zyflamend,a turmeric-containing anti-inflammatory, to be very effective and extensive research has shown that quercetin, a powerful antioxidantand anti-inflammatory, is highly effective in dealing with category III prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Clinical trials have found lycopene effective in both the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. The best sources of lycopene are processedtomato products such as tomato paste and tomato sauce, but supplements based onLyc-O-Mato are equally effective. About 15 mg/day is the recommended dosage for prevention while double thatis suggested for treatment.

Several epidemiological studies have found fish oils to be effective in preventing both BPH andprostate cancer. A daily intake of about 500-1000 mg of EPA plus DHA is needed for maximum benefit.

British researchers have found that men who consume garlic at least twice a week have a 44% reduced risk of prostate cancer.

Chinese researchers have found green tea to be highly effective in preventing prostate cancer and Italian researchers concluded that theactive component in green tea (EGCG) may serve as a natural inhibitor of prostate cancer progression.

A recent study found that supplementing with grape seed extract reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer by 41%.

Several studies have found that that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

There are case reports of men who have halted progression of hormone-resistant prostate cancer by supplementing with the Japanese mushroom extract AHCC.

There is some evidence that zinc supplementation may be helpful in preventing both BPH and prostate cancer,but that amounts greater than about 40 mg/day may be detrimental in the long term. Zinc should always be taken together with copper in a 10:1 or 15:1 ratio.

At least two clinical studies have found red clover effective in halting the progression of low-to moderate-gradeprostate cancer tumours. The dosage used was 40 mg four times daily.

A clinical trial reported in 2014 concluded that the supplement POMI-T (a mixture of pomegranate, green tea, broccoli and turmeric) is effective in slowing down PSA rise in men with prostate cancer managed with active surveilance.

The antioxidant resveratrol is found in red wine and at least three studies have found that it inhibits the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Zyflamend is a standardized combination of carbon dioxide (supercritical) extracts of turmeric, ginger, Holy Basil,green tea, rosemary, skullcap, and oregano. A 2009 clinical trial found that Zyflamend may reduce PSA level significantly and slows the progression of intraepithelial neoplasia, a forerunner of prostate cancer.

For detailed information on these supplements see

The Prostate and its Problems.



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