Herbs for enlarged prostate
Question : I AM a 43-year-old man who suffers from frequent urination. I normally urinate frequently during the day and 2-3 times at night. Even after getting out of the toilet, I can feel my urine dribbling. This is really embarrassing. Can you help me?
Answer : YOU may be experiencing symptoms associated with what is known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). It refers to enlargement of the prostate gland and happens naturally as one ages. However, you should identify the actual cause of your problem.
Saw palmetto and pumpkin seed are well regarded herbs, used primarily to relieve symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, such as frequent and increased urination (especially at night), difficulty in urinating, weak urine flow with or without a burning sensation.
Positive results have been shown in men who take a formulation of saw palmetto and pumpkin seed for four to six weeks.
Scientists think that the main beneficial effects of saw palmetto may be due to the sterols that help inhibit the enzyme that encourage the conversion of testosterone to DHT.
The effectiveness of pumpkin seed is thought to be due to its high content of EFA, zinc and plant sterols.
A zinc supplement can help alleviate symptoms of BPH. It plays a role in reducing enlarged prostate by inhibiting the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT.
DHT is the agent that promotes overproduction of prostate gland's cells. It is also advisable to take antioxidant nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E with selenium to cope with the damaging effects of free radicals.
Consume more bright-coloured fruits and vegetables, especially tomato. Cut down on fatty meats and dairy products.
Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Avoid taking any fluid a few hours before bedtime to help reduce the frequency and need to urinate at night. Avoid smoking, manage stress wisely and do mild exercises like swimming and walking and your condition may improve.
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