Prostate enlargement and you
Sarawak Tribune - Tuesday, 17 December 2002 - Outlook (Pg. 3)
Prostate gland and men
Heading for the bathroom too often at night? Feeling as though you couldn't
completely empty your bladder? Sounds like you could do with a little help to
put an end that miserable trips to the bathroom.
Most men are likely to ignore their prostate until it gives them trouble. The
prostate gland, located just below the bladder, is approximately the size of a
walnut. It wraps around the urethra (i.e. the canal that carries urine out of
the bladder). It functions as an organ that produces seminal fluid, lubricates
the urethra to prevent infection and to promote sperm flow.
Understanding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
BPH is a condition whereby the prostate gland cells multiply excessively,
causing an overgrowth of prostate gland cells. In some cases, the prostate gland
grows to the size of an orange.
Among others, age is a primary risk factor of BPH. This is because with aging,
cells in the prostate gland are more likely to multiply, thereby increasing the
size of the gland. In comparison, a man in his 30's has only a 10 percent
chance of getting BPH while more than 90 percent of men over the age of 85 has
If left untreated, BPH can eventually squeeze the urethra, blocking the flow
of urine. This obstruction can lead to uremia (blood in the urine) and the
stagnant urine increase the risk of infection and kidney stones. Prolonged
obstruction may lead to kidney damage.
BPH is characterised by the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in starting to urinate
- Increase urinary frequency
- Frequent night time trips to the bathroom
- Reduced force and volume of urination
Which treatment should you have?
The main treatment for BPH in the past has been a surgical procedure called
TURF. This is a process whereby some of the prostate tissues are removed to
increase the opening for the flow of urine. Unfortunately, surgery does not
really decrease the size of the prostate. Prostate medications on the other
hand, are costly and cause a variety of side effects, such as impotence,
decreased libido, breast tenderness and enlargement and hyper sensitivity
reactions, such as lip swelling or skin rashes.
BPH is not inevitable. In addition to dietary and lifestyle factors, specific
herbs can help reduce the risk of developing an enlarged prostate.
Herbs work by:
- Inhibiting the action of the enzyme that causes the conversion of
testosterone (male hormone) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is known to cause
the growth of prostate cells, hence, enlargement.
- Inhibiting the action of DHT.
- Blocking the receptor to reduce prostate gland growth. - Regulating the tone
of bladder smooth muscle.
- Reducing inflammation that causes swelling and blockage of urethra.
Among all, the most widely used herb for BPH is Saw Palmetto.
Herbal approach to BPH
Saw Palmetto is a small palm tree native to the West Indies and the Atlantic
Coast of North America. The berries of Saw Palmetto contain fruity-smelling oil,
which is the portion of the fruit that is used medicinally. these lipid-soluble
compounds of Saw Palmetto extract are the major pharmacological component
contributing to the effectiveness of Saw Palmetto in the treatment of BPH.
Not all Saw palmetto are created equally
The breakthrough is the development of a standardised lipophilic extract of Saw
Palmetto berries known as SABAL SELECT. Standardised lipophilic extract of Saw
Palmetto means that the fat-soluble portion of the fruit is extracted and
standardised to a strength that can be used medicinally. Standardisation of Saw
Palmetto lipophilic (SABAL SELECT) extract is important for efficacy and
consistency in treating BPH.
Standardised lipophilic extracts of Saw Palmetto berries are currently approved
by both the French and German governments for the treatment of BPH.
Why combine Saw Palmetto and Pumpkin seed?
The unique combination of Saw Palmetto and Pumpkin seed oil provides and
effective treatment against BPH. When combined, they work synergistically to
prevent BPH and reduce prostate gland enlargement. And to be effective, both
must be present in equal amount.
How much should I take?
It is recommended to consume 320 mg of oil extracts of Saw Palmetto (SABAL
SELECT), and this is the dosage show- ing marked improvements in patients with
BPH by most clinical studies. The oil extracts of Saw Palmetto can only be
formulated into soft gelatin form and not in other forms (eg. tablets,
hard-gelatin capsules). To achieve an equivalent of 320mg of the active oils of
Saw Palmetto, a higher number of tablets or hard gelatin capsules is required.
Why? The reason is obvious, there is hardly any fatty acids found in the dry
powder form. In certain cases, 1800mg of Saw Palmetto powder extract is needed
to show similar results. This is 5 times more than the soft gelatin capsules of
Saw Palmetto. Think about it!
You don't have to be a victim of
BPH anymore. Take steps now to protect yourself.