“What will happen if you let your doctor take CONTROL of your prostate..”
I think you will agree with me that there is nothing more frustrating than the urgent need to pee, pressure on your bladder disrupting your sleep called BPH – benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Sometimes there’s a painful burn, forming bladder stones, or blood in the urine and other times you have sleepless nights where you get up over and over again praying you can empty your bladder.
The problem that I have found is that mainstream drugs and treatments can have harmful side effects, or the complications from invasive, painful surgical procedures.
However, you are in luck. For years I have researched natural remedies for all kinds of ailments, concerning BPH I was fortunate enough that a friend of mine shared things that worked for him using natural supplements purchased locally.
In this post, I am going to share what has worked for BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia and how you can use the same natural ingredients to solve your BPH problems.
To treat BPH, it helps to understand what steps you should take and why. The goal is to reduce excessive cell growth by stopping the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and preventing estrogen from attaching to prostate tissue. Furthermore, BPH reducing inflammation is just as important as is watching or eliminating certain medications when you have BPH.
To do this naturally through nutrition, herbs, and supplements are the primary goal.
Starting with nutrition, the basics you should follow are:
- Eat whole, fresh, unrefined, and unprocessed foods. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, soy, beans, seeds, nuts, olive oil, and cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, halibut, and mackerel). Eating organic food helps reduce exposure to hormones, pesticides, and herbicides.
- Avoid refined sugar and flour, dairy products, refined foods, fried foods, junk foods, hydrogenated oils, alcohol (mainly beer), and caffeine.
- Eliminate food sensitivities. Use an Elimination and Challenge Diet to determine food sensitivities.
- Drink 50 percent of your body weight in ounces of water daily (e.g., if you weigh 150 lbs, drink 75 oz of water daily).
There are supplements you may take that have been shown to aid BPH symptoms such as:
- Amino acids – The combination of glycine, alanine, and glutamic acid (200 mg of each daily) reduces urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and delayed micturition (initiation of flow).
- Beta-sitosterol – 120 mg daily in 3 divided doses may help reduce symptoms.
- Beta-sitosterol also lowers cholesterol (a higher dose of 500 mg 3 times daily is required), which is important since high cholesterol levels can cause prostatic hyperplasia.
- Flaxseed meal – Grind and eat 2-4 tbsp daily. An alternative is to take 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil daily. Flaxseed oil is a good source of the essential fatty acid (EFA) alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid).
- Flower pollen – Follow product directions. It has been used in Europe for over 25 years to treat BPH. Flower pollen is not the same as bee pollen.
- Zinc picolinate – 30–50 mg daily. Zinc competes with copper for absorption; therefore, when supplementing long-term with zinc, copper should also be supplemented. There are supplements available that contain both zinc and copper.
Additionally, there are 9 over the counter medications, that has been shown to reduce an enlarged prostate.
Note: always consult your medical provider or licensed naturopathic physical, DO, or holistic MD before taking supplements or beginning any alternative therapy.
Herbal medicines are fantastic in the right combinations and the proper concentrations. If taken correctly there are usually minimal side effects. However, some side effects are upset stomach or headaches which is usually caused by synthetic binders and fillers in impure (not natural) tinctures.
The herbs used to treat BPH are:
- Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) – Inhibits the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the prostate, has an antiestrogenic effect and helps improve all symptoms of BPH. The recommended dosage is 320 mg of extract (standardized to contain approximately 85 percent fatty acids and sterols) daily.
- Pygeum (Pygeum africanum) – Reduces BPH symptoms. The recommended dosage is 100-200 mg of extract (standardized to 14 percent triterpenes) 2 times daily.
- Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) – The concentrated extract reduces symptoms. The recommended dosage is 120 mg daily.
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