The prostate is a walnut-size gland, unique to men, located just beneath the bladder. As a man ages, his prostate enlarges, and experts estimate that more than half of all men over age 50 have an enlarged gland. This disorder, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is by far the most common prostate problem. Because the prostate surrounds the urethra (the tube through which urine empties from the bladder), enlargement of the gland may eventually cause such symptoms as difficult, frequent, sudden, or painful urination.

Male sex hormones are believed to play a role in benign prostate enlargement. In some cases, usually among younger men, an enlarged gland can be caused by prostatitis, an inflammation that results from a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. Prostatitis is sometimes seen in men who do a lot of sitting and who restrict their fluids, such as long-distance truck drivers. It is also seen in men with prostate symptoms who have had several episodes of sexually transmitted diseases.

Helpful Supplements

  • ZINC is one of the most important nutrients for men with BPH. It has been shown not only to relieve symptoms, but also to reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. Note: when taking zinc for more than one month, combine with copper.
  • FLAXSEED OIL. Its essential fatty acids help prevent swelling and inflammation.
  • SAW PALMETTO AND PYGEUM AFRICANUM have anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the swelling of BPH and Inflammation and swelling associated with prostatitis. Either of these herbs can be combined with nettle.
  • STINGING NETTLE ROOT, when combined with saw palmetto and pygeum africanum, may enhance their effectiveness. Improves urine flow.

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