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

Not surprisingly, a vast amount of research has gone into finding medications that will help prevent and treat prostate cancer. At this time, there are no pharmaceutical products without serious side effects that do a good job of this although aspirin and NO-ASA (nitrogen oxide containing aspirin) have shown some promise. Fortunately, there are numerous 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-sitosterol are all effective in dealing with an enlarged prostate and its attendant problems. The ayurvedic ProstaCare formula (Himalaya) has been clinically tested and 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 antioxidant and 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 processed tomato products such as tomato paste and tomato sauce, but supplements based on Lyc-O-Mato are equally effective. About 15 mg/day is the recommended dosage for prevention while double that is suggested for treatment.

Several epidemiological studies have found fish oils to be effective in preventing both BPH and prostate 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 the active 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-grade prostate 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.


AHCC (Kinoko Gold)
Excellent, economical immune booster
Life Labs
60 capsules (500 mg)
AHCC (ImmPower)
Excellent, but expensive immune booster
American Biosciences
30 capsules (500 mg)
Powerful anti-inflammatory and cholesterol reducer
60 tablets
Broccoli extract (sulforaphane)
For prostate health
Jarrow Formulas
60 capsules (30 mg)
Fish Oil
Superb source of omega-3 oils
Select from 3 reputable brands
Garlic (Kyolic)
A must for a healthy cardiovascular system
200 tablets (300 mg)
Grape seed extract
Antioxidant with resveratrol
Life Extension
60 capsules (100 mg)
Green tea extract
Decaffinated - maximum ECGC content
Life Extension
100 capsules (725 mg)
Lycopene (Lyc-O-Mato)
Proven for prostate support
Natural Factors
60 softgels (10 mg)
Pectasol C
Modified citrus pectin
1 lb. (454 gram) powder
Ayurvedic prostate formula
Himalaya Herbals
240 capsules
Prostate support formula
90 capsules
Highly effective anti-inflammatory
Natural Factors
90 capsules (235 mg)
Red Clover
For menopausal problems and prostate health
Nature's Way
100 capsules (400 mg)
Benefits of red wine - without the alcohol
ReserveAge Organics
60 capsules (100 mg)
Saw palmetto
The best saw palmetto available
A. Vogel
30 softgels (480 mg)
Essential antioxidant
Natural Factors
90 capsules (200 microgram)
Ultra Natural Prostate
Prostate support formula
Life Extension
60 softgels
Vitamin C
With rose hips
Nature's Way
250 capsules (1000 mg)
Vitamin D3
Cholecalciferol (2000 IU - 50 microgram)
Natural Factors
120 softgels
Vitamin E
Gamma and alpha tocopherols
Jarrow Formulas
120 softgels (300 mg)
Zinc/copper formula
Essential for prostate health
Jarrow Formulas
100 capsules

For detailed information on these supplements see The Prostate and its Problems.


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