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This article was posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, in the following Categories: Benefits
Additional health benefits being studied:
- Reducing prostate swelling: Scientists are searching the world for natural agents that can keep shrink enlarged prostates. The data is encouraging, and numerous plant products head their lists. For instance, a recent university study concluded that key components of Pumpkin Seeds may be beneficial in reducing the size of swelling prostates1.
- Preventing prostate swelling: Of course, prevention (rather than solely focusing on treatment) is also a key for researchers. This parallel yet separate discipline has also uncovered heartening evidence, so in the future the vast majority of men may never have to face an enlarged prostate. Ironically, one solution may be so close to home that’s it’s already found naturally in the human body: Zinc. Many over-the-counter cold-prevention products rely heavily on Zinc — which also acts as a natural antioxidant — newer studies point to its normal biological path to the prostate as potentially offering long-term benefits in regulating that organ2.
- Support for urinary system function: Several of the active ingredients in Prosta 50 are currently undergoing additional research to verify their influence on healthy urinary tract function. Specifically, Saw Palmetto Berry Extract, Pygeum Africanum Bark Extract, and Stinging Nettle are attracting the most interest. A VA study into ways to overcome obstructive and irritative LUTS (Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms) extract of saw palmetto “provides mild to moderate improvement in urinary symptoms and flow measures”3
- Additionally, the National Standard Research Collaboration, in partnership with Harvard University, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cites results showing that Pygeum “significantly reduces urinary hesitancy, urinary frequency, the number of times patients need to wake up at night to urinate, and pain with urination in men who experience mild-to-moderate symptoms.” 4 And Stinging Nettle has been established as being used for positive outcomes in disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract.5
- As reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2006: “Inhibition of Testosterone-induced Hyperplasia of the Prostate of Sprague-Dawley Rats by Pumpkin Seed Oil” by M. Gossell-Williams, A. Davis, and N. O’Connor (Department of Otolaryngology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO)
- As reported in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research, Volume 28, Issue 84, 2009: “Direct intra-tumoral injection of zinc-acetate halts tumor growth in a xenograft model of prostate cancer” by M. Shah, C. Kriedt, N. Lents, et al (Veterans Health Administration/Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis, MN).
- As reported in the Cochran Database of Systematic Reviews, Volume 3, 2002: “Serenoa repens for benign prostatic hyperplasia.” by T. Wilt, A. Ishani, and R. MacDonald (Veterans Health Administration/Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis, MN).
- Available online, via http://www.nlm.nih.gov
- As reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, June, 2013: “Ethnopharmacological in vitro studies on anti-inflammatory activities of 71 Austrian traditional herbal drugs” by S. Vogl, P. Picker, J. Mihaly-Bison, et al (Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna, Austria).