What do we mean by enlarged prostate?
Prostate enlargement, medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy, is a common condition that affects aging men, typically starting in their 40s or 50s.
It occurs when the prostate gland, which is a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder and surrounding the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body), begins to grow in size. This growth is non-cancerous and unrelated to prostate cancer, but it can lead to various urinary symptoms and complications.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/symptoms-causes/syc-20370087
Several factors contribute to prostate enlargement include:
Age: BPH is strongly associated with aging. As men get older, the likelihood of developing an enlarged prostate increases.
Hormones: Changes in the balance of sex hormones, particularly increases dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone, play a role in prostate enlargement. DHT stimulates the growth of prostate cells.
Genetics: There is evidence to suggest that a family history of BPH may increase the risk of developing the condition.
Lifestyle and diet: certain lifestyle factors, such as obesity and a diet high in red meat and fat, may be associated with a higher risk of prostate enlargement.
What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
The enlargement of the prostate can cause a range of urinary symptoms, including:
Frequent urination: Men with an enlarged prostate may need to urinate more frequently, especially at night (nocturia).
Urgency: There may be a sudden and strong urge to urinate that is difficult to control.
Weak urine stream: The flow of urine may be weaker than usual, and it may take longer to empty the bladder.
Difficulty starting and stopping urination: It can become more challenging to initiate urination and fully empty the bladder.
Incomplete emptying: After urinating, there may still be a feeling of residual urine in the bladder.
Dribbling: Some men may experience post-void dribbling, where urine continues to dribble out after they believe they have finished urinating.
Urinary retention: In severe cases, BPH can lead to complete urinary retention, where the individual is unable to urinate at all.
Which are the best supplements for resolving enlarged prostate issue
1. Saw Palmetto
So, how does Saw palmetto work?
Saw palmetto is a popular herbal preparation, commonly used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate(benign prostatic hyperplasia,BPH). There are several ways in which it benefits individuals with BPH
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Saw palmetto has anti-inflammatory effects that help reduce the inflammation in the prostate gland. Inflammation plays a role in the development and progression of BPH, so reducing inflammation alleviates some of the symptoms.
Hormonal Effects: saw palmetto influences the levels of certain hormones, particularly dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT contributes to the growth of the prostate gland, and saw palmetto may inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT or block the binding of DHT to its receptors in the prostate.
Smooth Muscle Relaxation: Saw palmetto has a mild relaxant effect on the smooth muscles in the urinary tract and prostate, which leads to improved urine flow and reduced urinary symptoms associated with BPH.
Reduced Cell Proliferation: Studies suggest that saw palmetto inhibits the growth of prostate cells, which helps slow down the enlargement of the prostate.
Anti-Androgenic Effects: Saw palmetto may have anti-androgenic properties. Antiandrogens are often used to prevent conditions such as prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
2. Pumpkin seed oil capsules
Pumpkin seed oil has been explored as a natural remedy for managing the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. There are several ways in which pumpkin seed oil is beneficial for individuals with an enlarged prostate:
Phytosterols: Pumpkin seed oil is rich in phytosterols, such as beta-sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol helps reduce inflammation and alleviates some of the urinary symptoms associated with BPH. It also helps to shrink the prostate gland or at least prevent it from further enlargement.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Inflammation plays a role in the development and progression of BPH. Pumpkin seed oil contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce inflammation in the prostate and relieve symptoms like urinary urgency and frequency.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) Inhibition: BPH is often linked to an increase in the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Studies suggest that pumpkin seed oil helps to inhibit the production of DHT, potentially slowing the growth of the prostate gland.
Antioxidant Effects: Antioxidants in pumpkin seed oil protect prostate tissue from oxidative damage, which can contribute to the development of BPH.
Improved Urinary Function: Pumpkin seed oil help alleviate urinary symptoms associated with BPH, such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, and incomplete emptying of the bladder. It may also help reduce the need for nighttime urination.
Hormonal Balance: Pumpkin seed oil contains various nutrients, including zinc and magnesium, which are important for maintaining hormonal balance and overall prostate health.
These two products, when taken together have shown to be very effective as a remedy for enlarged prostate, reducing the size of the prostate as well as alleviating the symptoms to the same.
We expect to notice improvement in 4-6 weeks in most cases.
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