Natural methods to treat an enlarged prostate
With prostate problems affecting roughly 12% of men, chances are you, or someone you care about, will eventually have to deal with this problem.
At about the age of 25, the prostate begins to grow again. This second phase of growth often results in what constitutes an enlarged prostate. As the prostate becomes larger, the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding, causing the prostate to press against the urethra.
While the studies do not all concur, it is generally believed that most men over the age of 45 experience some amount of prostate enlargement, but may live free of symptoms. This prostate enlargement is usually harmless, but it often causes problems urinating later on in life.
By age 60, it is believed that over 80% of all men experience some sort of problem with urinating due to prostate enlargement.
If left unchecked, benign prostate enlargement can cause serious health problems over time, including urinary tract infections, kidney or bladder damage, bladder stones, incontinence. It is important to take care of your prostate as you would any other organ and address any prostate problems you may be having.
"Enlarged prostate", the medical term for which is BPH - short for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy - has historically been treated surgically - by removing all or part of the prostate. While this will result in most people experiencing a relief of their symptoms, it may also leave them impotent. For men who want to maintain their vitality, surgery should only be used as a last resort.
Saw Palmetto for an enlarged prostate
For men who suffer from prostate enlargement, saw palmetto is the place to start. Saw palmetto has a long history of diminishing inflammation and enlargement of the prostate as well as inhibiting the hormones which causes prostate enlargement.
Another herb called "Pygeum africanum", comes from an African tree and has also been shown in research to reduce enlargement of the prostate as well as inflammation.
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Zinc for a healthy prostate
Zinc is considered one of the most essential trace elements, and it is believed to play a critical role in cell growth and differentiation, in regulating normal cell death, as well as in in building the immune response. Scientists tell us that there exist more biological roles for zinc than for all the other trace elements put together.
Zinc is both helpful with enlarged prostates and with inflamed prostates. Studies (1) have shown that zinc deficiency results in prostate enlargement. Infection and other stress results in lower blood serum zinc levels in general and in particular lower prostate levels. In prostatitis - infection of the prostate - zinc levels are only 1/10 of those in a normal prostate (2).
A large percentage of men do not get even the low U.S. RDA of 15 milligrams of zinc per day from their diet, and this may explain a lot.
A daily zinc supplement totaling 50 to 100 milligrams is frequently recommended to help shrink an enlarged prostate. As with any supplement however, zinc should be taken in moderation and the intake of supplements should complement what we are getting from natural healing foods in our diet.
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Exercises for a healthy prostate
Kegel exercises are useful in improving blood circulation to these tissues. Kegel exercises are performed by tightening all the muscles around the scrotum and anus. Repeat this tightening of the muscles 10 times. Try doing this “invisible” exercise 4-5 times daily, while driving, reading, etc.
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(1) Fair, W. R. and Heston, W. "Prostate Inflammation Linked to Zinc Shortage" Prevention 113: June, 1977
(2) (Fair and Heston,1977; Pfeiffer, 1978).
(3) Journal of Nutrition 133(2003):3356.
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