Did you know that if you’re over the age of 60, you have a 60% probability of having some type of prostate problem? And by the time you make it to 80, that rockets to 80%. In America, a stunning 8.4 million men over 60 have prostate problems. And in Europe, prostate cancer rates have tripled since 1993.
Unfortunately, conventional medicine doesn’t have much to offer to cure prostate disease. All it can do is stop some of the processes that lead to prostate issues. Fortunately, there’s more you can do.
The more you know about what causes prostate disease, the more you can do to help keep it healthy.
Your prostate sits at the very bottom of your abdominal cavity. So everything that goes into our body can impact its health, including toxins. The more chemicals we ingest, the more damage we do to our prostate. And sitting too much can have a big negative effect, as it doesn’t cycle those toxins through.
What’s more, your prostate is its own worst enemy. The prostate converts testosterone into the hormone DHT, which can spark prostate disease. But DHT isn’t completely evil. In fact, it has significant positive effects on your health.
For instance, DHT plays a big role in helping men develop healthy sexual function, it helps control blood-sugar levels, it can increase memory and overall cognitive function, it promotes heart health, it decreases cancer risk, it keeps men strong, and it may even help fight autoimmune disease.
So if you ask your conventional doctor to help fight prostate disease and he prescribes Finasteride and Dutasteride, you need to be wary. These drugs block the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the prostate. When you block this conversion, you’re also asking for problems in all the areas I just mentioned.
So what’s the answer? How can you continue to produce DHT without seeing any of its negative effects on your prostate? The answer is simple – keep your DHT levels where your body wants them to be. But arriving at that level isn’t as easy as you might think. Consider how hard it is to stop male pattern baldness, which is caused by high levels of DHT. But this isn’t hopeless. While you might not be able to stop male pattern baldness, you can still avoid prostate problems. Here’s how:
What You Need to Take to Avoid Prostate Disease
First, look at your symptoms. If you have typical symptoms of too much DHT (baldness, acne, depression, and enlarged prostate), then start with the old reliable beta sitosterols. The most popular of these are found in saw palmetto, but other plants have these as well. These molecules may work in a similar fashion to the drugs. But they don’t force the body to stop DHT production entirely. It helps reduce the production without stopping it altogether. This allows you to get the benefits of DHT while lowering its production.
Another plant sterol you can try is Pygeum africanum, which helps to reduce inflammation in the prostate. There’s also DIM, which is a key molecule from the brassica veggie group. It helps modulate hormones, especially directing their metabolism away from highly toxic cancer-promoting metabolites.
Purearia mirifica is a Thai root remedy. It contains isoflavones and a key phytoestrogen. These compounds interfere with other more toxic hormones. Isoflavones inhibit prostate cancer activity and encourage apoptosis (programmed cell death) of prostate cancer cells. The molecules activate the “good” beta estrogen receptor in your prostate and other organs in contrast to alpha receptors. The latter can lead to estrogen-induced cancers. Beta estrogen receptor activation may actually spare your brain from cognitive decline!
Bacopa monniera is an ayurvedic herb. A recent study found that it significantly reduced aging pigments (lipofuchsin) and malondialdehyde (highly toxic aging chemical) in prostate glands of animals. These are products of unwanted oxidation reactions. Bacopa can assist in erectile dysfunction as well!
Stinging nettle root is another herb integrative doctors use widely for BPH. Human studies find that the herb, especially in combination with others like saw palmetto, help alleviate BPH symptoms. Stinging nettle is comparable to finasteride in slowing the growth of certain prostate cells. The herb does not decrease prostate size like the drug does. Its mechanism may be on modulating hormones (as does Pueraria) or acting directly on prostate cells. It has an added benefit of freeing up your precious testosterone from a protein (SHBG), which binds it.
Flower pollen reduces inflammation in the prostate and has anti-DHT properties. It also may assist bladder propulsion muscle function while relaxing the sphincter muscle (which holds in urine). Together, these properties speak for a healthier prostate-bladder relationship.
A study on men showed significant improvement in nighttime urination and bladder emptying in the flower pollen group compared to the placebo. Pollen is loaded with a huge variety of beneficial compounds, including minerals, vitamins, enzymes, prostaglandins, flavonoids, growth regulators and more. Just ask bees why they live on pollen exclusively!
Green tea is a critical nutrient. Its powerful flavonoids reduce inflammation across the board, reducing cancer risk. And it’s actively used in cancer treatment. So it’s part of a strong prostate protocol.
Horsetail is an ancient medicinal herb that’s common in prostate treatments. It contains bioavailable silicon, which your body also needs for good bone health.
Another Asian nutrient that you don’t hear much about is Vietnam’s Crinum latifolium. In one Vietnamese clinical study for patients with benign hypertrophy of the prostate, the researchers gave 158 patients a Crinum-based herbal preparation two times daily. In 64 days, they evaluated the patients by clinical and ultrasound examination.
The follow up found clinical symptoms resolving with prostate size reducing to normal for 154 patients (97%). The follow up of three years confirmed a high rate of long-term resolution for those who finished the therapy. This herb can single-handedly reduce your need to urinate during the night.
But Don’t Stop With Plants
Years ago, researchers found that amino acids, such as glycine, alanine, and glutamic acid, relieve prostate symptoms. One study of 45 men with BPH found that 780 mg of glycine per day for two weeks and then 390 mg for the next two-and-a-half months, taken in combination with equal amounts of the amino acids, alanine and glutamic acid, reduced symptoms of the condition. This effect has been reported by other studies as well. Glycine also enhances the activity of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the brain that are involved in memory and cognition.
We Also Can’t Forget Minerals
You know how important minerals are to your health. I’ve talked about them in great detail for years. And they’re vital for your prostate health.
By far the most important mineral for a healthy male reproductive system is zinc. Irving Bush, MD, senior consultant at the Center for Study of Genitourinary Diseases in West Dundee, Illinois, and former chairman of the Food and Drug Administration panels on gastroenterology, urology and dialysis, studied the effects of zinc on enlarged prostates. Nineteen men with enlarged prostates took 150 milligrams of zinc sulfate every day for two months. They followed this dose with 50-100 milligrams a day as a maintenance dose. An incredible 14 of the 19 men experienced shrinkage of the prostate.
Another study at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland discovered high doses of zinc inhibited the activity of the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in test tube prostate tissues. As discussed above, dihydrotestosterone can be a major cause of prostate enlargement.
Boron is another mineral you should consider. Some studies suggest it may improve prostate health all by itself. One study demonstrated that boron can selectively kill prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Other studies show boron can lower PSA. And another study found that adequate boron levels reduce your risk of prostate cancer by 64%.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to get adequate levels of boron from food alone. So you have to take boron in supplement form. Fortunately, it’s inexpensive. You can usually find adequate levels in most prostate formulas and multivitamins.
One of my favorite minerals for prostate health is selenium (as sodium selenite). This mineral alone reduced risk of prostate cancer by 50% in the Physicians Health Study.
As you can see, you don’t need to take drugs to effectively fight prostate disease. The studies show just how effective they are – but there’s also a lot of clinical evidence. Men around the world have seen their prostate problems resolve simply by taking these nutrients. There isn’t much evidence that they will stop male-pattern baldness. But you can solve the other problems caused by high levels of DHT by taking these nutrients. There are prostate formulas available that have many of these ingredients. Start by taking one of these and then adding other nutrients as necessary.