Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: January 14, 2019 Comments: 0
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — also called prostate gland enlargement — is a common condition in men (especially after age 50), which results in an enlarged prostate gland. BPH can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia). Conventional treatment of BPH includes lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol and caffeine, avoiding all liquids within two hours of bedtime, and exercising regularly. Medication is sometimes used, however can cause side effects such as reduced sex drive and impotence. In addition to lifestyle measures, certain supplements may help including:
- Saw palmetto has been used in alternative medicine for centuries to relieve urinary symptoms, including those caused by an enlarged prostate. There is clinical evidence that saw palmetto may help to shrink the size of the prostate, and it may help promote healthy prostate function.
- Beta-sitosterol has been well researched and the findings suggest that this nutrient may relieve urinary symptoms of BPH.
- Stinging nettle is commonly used in Europe and is thought to improve some BPH symptoms, although more studies are needed.
Other supplements that may be helpful include flaxseed, milk thistle, quercetin and selenium.
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