Nutritional support through prostate supplements.
While heredity and ethnicity are important factors, research has shown that nutrition also plays a critical role in prostate related problems. Studies indicate lack of certain nutrients increases the risk for prostate enlargement. Doctors recommend a healthy diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and cutting down on red meats and saturated fats.
Nutritional Support: Does It Really Work?
Beta-sitosterol is a phytosterol or plant sterol. It is a nutrient found in plant sources like wheat germ, rice bran, flax seeds, peanuts, soybeans, pumpkin seeds and corn oil.
Beta-sitosterol inhibits an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), thereby decreasing the amount of DHT. Since DHT is considered to be responsible for the enlargement of the prostate, beta-sitosterol may help to support normal prostate size.
There are numerous clinical studies that note the inhibiting effects of beta-sitosterol on the growth of the prostate gland and positive benefits in relieving patients of the symptoms of benign prostate hypertrophy.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (1998). 2,939 men were treated for BPH in a 31-year study comprising of 18 trials. They were given beta-sitosterol extracted from saw palmetoo. The conclusion: “The evidence suggests that Serenoa repens (saw palmetto) improves urologic symptoms and flow measures.”
The British Journal of Urology 177 men suffering from BPH were given beta-sitosterol for 6 months.. In their report, the effectiveness of beta-sitosterol was substantiated by 32 references. The conclusion: “These results show that beta-sitosterol is an effective option in the treatment of BPH.
The Lancet, reported a study conducted for a year in which 200 men participated. Half of them were given pure beta-sitosterol and the other half a placebo . The conclusion: “Significant improvement in symptoms and urinary flow parameters show the effectiveness of beta-sitosterol in the treatment of BPH.
The Current Therapeutic Research (1994) reported a six-week study using standardized extract of beta-sitosterol conducted at the University of Brussels, Belgium.
“Traditional parameters for quantifying prostatism, such as the International Prostate Symptom Score, the quality of life score, urinary flow rates, residual urinary volume, and prostate size were found to be significantly improved after only 45 days of treatment. After 90 days of treatment, a majority of patients (88%) and treating physicians (88%) considered the therapy effective.”
None of the clinical studies indicate any significant side effects of beta sitosterol.
We cannot get enough of beta-sitosterol through diet alone. You would have to eat 4 lbs of palmetto berries to get 600 mg of beta-sitosterol which is the suggested dietary allowance.
Super Beta Prostate contains pure mixed sterols from natural plant sources along with other herbs, essential vitamins and minerals to support prostate health and a healthy sex life.