Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH or Enlarged Prostate) is a common condition experienced by men and can cause frequent urination, bladder issues, and kidney problems.
The following natural remedies for BPH and prostate health may help prevent and/or relieve the symptoms of this painful and uncomfortable condition.
What causes BPH and prostate issues?
According to the Natural Testosterone Plan by Stephen Harrod Buhner, BPH and enlarged prostate may be most frequently associated with a rise of certain estrogen levels in a man's body and also a decrease in a man's testosterone to estrogen ratio.
That is, falling testosterone levels and rising estrogen levels.
What are the symptoms of BPH and Enlarged Prostate?
Symptoms of BPH and enlarged prostate vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include:
Frequent or urgent need to urinate
Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
Difficulty starting urination
Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
Dribbling at the end of urination
Inability to completely empty the bladder
The following natural remedies have been shown in studies to help increase testosterone and/or lower estrogen levels which may improve prostate health overall.
However, before starting any of these herbal remedies for prostate health, make sure to check with your physician to ensure they are appropriate and safe for you based on your individual needs.
Especially if you are taking medication to treat BPH or prostate enlargement.
4 Natural Remedies for BPH and Prostate Health
Natural Remedy #1: Chrysin
Chrysin is a flavonoid commonly found in bee pollen, propolis, and several other plants. Chrysin is believed to be beneficial to prostate health by blocking the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
Additionally, at least one study showed that admintration of Chrysin induced the death of prostate cancer cells and blocked the regulating system pathways that lead to the spreading of prostate cancer cells.
Natural Remedy #2: Stinging Nettle and Beta-sitosterol
Beta-sitosterol, the active ingredient in stinging nettle, has been shown to have a powerful aromatase inhibiting capacity, helping to increase testosterone.
The ability of beta-sitosterol to block the conversion of testosterone is also beneficial for simulatneously lowering estrogen levels and increasing the rate with which estrogens are eliminated by the body.
Natural Remedy #3: Pine Pollen
According to Stephen Harrod Buhner, Pine Pollen's natural phyto-androgens and powerful anti-oxidants have a synergistic effect that can increase testosterone, reduce estradiol levels, and lower inflammation in the prostate.
Increased estradiol levels are suspected of being one of the key contributors to BPH, prostate enlargement, and prostate cancer.
Pine Pollen's ability to naturally support a health testosterone to estrogen ratio and potentially lower estradiol levels is why Stephen Buhner states many researchers believe it to be a powerful tonic elixir for the prostate.
Natural Remedy #4 Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto is a fruit extract from the American Dwarf Palm that has been shown in multiple studies to be a natural remedy for prostate health and treating BPH.
Saw Palmetto is believed to be beneficial for treating enlarged prostate by helping the body reduce levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The body naturally converts testosterone into DHT, but as we age this process can accelerate leading to rising levels of DHT in the prostate.
Saw Palmetto extract is believed to interact with 5a-reductase to slow and/or reduce the rate at which testosterone is converted to DHT.
Conclusion: BPH and enlarged prostate are serious conditions that effect a lot of men. The natural remedies for prostate health above have shown to have promise in balance the testosterone/estrogen ration and helping to address one of the key suspected causes of BPH and other prostate related issues.
If you're interested in learning more about these natural remedies for BPH and prostate health, we suggest picking up The Natural Testosterone Plan, which goes into each of these herbs and the studies suggestiong a relationship between estrogen and prostate health.
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