The Natural Way: Shrink your prostate

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

An ad on television sells a prostate

medicine to a group of aging

good buddies. They are having a

heck of a good time driving to a fly

fishing camp. None have to stop on the road at the

nearest Texaco station due to a “growing problem;

not a going problem” as they use this new prescribed

drug. Most men will experience a problem with their

prostate from middle age on called BPH, sometimes

with slowly increasing PSA (prostate specific antigen)

or quickly increasing levels. Natural products

can be of great benefit and without side effect.

Early and not fully formed cancer cells are very

common in the prostate gland, as is enlargement of

the tissue just due to aging. The PSA can very quickly

rise with cancer or it can very slowly creep up as

we get older. Sometimes the slow creep is not related

to cancer at all but just to the gland getting larger and

older. If there is a fast jump then quick action should

be taken, seeing your doctor right away as is the case

if the value goes higher than 4. Many MDs think the

4 value is too high and act even sooner. If your PSA

follows a sawtooth pattern (up and down) and your

number is below 10 many doctors will do nothing

but wait and watch.

The growing problem is called BPH, benign (not

cancer) prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement). When

the prostate swells it presses around the urethra (the

tube carrying the urine out of the body) and squeezes

it. Less urine empties from the bladder and the guy

has the urge to go again in a short while. Again, this

is a common problem.

Saw Palmetto is the most common herbal used

to reduce the enlargement caused by aging. It is approved

by the German Commission E and is used

by German MDs for BPH. According to the PDR,

500 mg/day of standardized extract should work.

I’ve found higher amounts taken each day are far

more satisfactory up to 1,200 mg/day. The mineral

selenium should be taken by men over 40 on a daily

basis and adding Pygeum (100mg/day) or pumpkinseed

oil is very helpful. To lower PSA that is slowly

creeping up nothing beats zinc taken daily with other

choices being Saw Palmetto, Pygeum and the little

known Swedish Flower Pollen.