Supporting Healthy Flow
At least 50% of men over 50 years of age will experience prostate enlargement, a very common condition. Since this can impact the urinary system, supporting a healthy prostate and consequently, a healthy urine flow is a common and important concern for many men.
The prostate benefits from good hormonal balance, liver health, immune function and cellular health in general. There are some targeted nutrients and herbs to consider for supporting prostate health holistically and synergistically.
Lycopene is a great place to start when it comes to identifying prostate-supportive nutrients. Since 1999, at least 12 clinical trials have examined the relationship between tomato products or lycopene containing supplements and prostate health. A 2008 clinical trial published in The Journal of Nutrition utilized the International Prostate Symptom Score questionnaire and showed that lycopene supplementation provided better support compared to placebo.*
Saw palmetto berry extract has a long history of use in supporting prostate health. While research over the years has been mixed, the authors of a 2017 review published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that Saw palmetto should be considered as a complementary tool for supporting urinary flow.*
Mushroom extracts exert balancing and supportive actions on liver, hormonal, and immune health. In addition, preliminary animal research has shown that the extract of Phellius linteus and Gandoderma lucidum (Reishi) can also support prostate health specifically.*
Pomegranate fruit extract is a potent antioxidant with many applications for men’s health. According to a 2013 review published in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, pomegranate extract helps support men’s health on many levels, including the prostate.*
Polyphenols such as grape seed extract and pygeum bark extract support the prostate by helping reduce oxidative stress in the gland. A 2002 Cochrane Database Systematic Review of studies involving pygeum concluded that while the studies were small and of short duration, a standardized extract was effective at supporting healthy prostate and urinary function.*
Research using pumpkin seed oil to support prostate health have also been positive. A 2015 randomized, placebo-controlled study published in Urologia Internationalis found that after one year, the pumpkin seed group saw improvement in International Prostate Symptom Scores compared to placebo.* Research is confirming that pumpkin seed oil and extracts support healthy bladder function.* While this ingredient is included in many prostate specific formulas, it may be helpful to add additional pumpkin seed oil to a regimen for greater support.
There are plenty of great natural ingredients shown to support mens’ prostate and urinary health. Usually, these ingredients are combined for synergistic impact to provide the most effective support possible.
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