When men hit a certain age, one of the first things they often experience is an enlarged prostate. According to the National Institute on Aging, by around age 50, if you are a man you may well be one of them.
But before you start panicking about your prostate, aging and having a mid-life crisis, remember that Sam Adams led the Boston Tea Party at age 50, Robert Downey Jr. landed on AARP’s Sexiest Men Over 50 list and Spider-Man came back to life – sort of.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra, and its main order of business is delivering fluid to sperm to both nourish and protect them. (Ref. 1)
As time passes, however, the prostate can be impacted by a few problems, including:
- Prostatitis: This inflammation of the prostate can be caused by infection and is sometimes treated with antibiotics.
- Enlarged prostate: Also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), prostate growth impacts almost all men over the age of 50, and can be treated with medication or surgery.
- Prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men – skin cancer tops the list – but only one in 35 men who develop prostate cancer die from the disease, in part because it is often a low-growth cancer that can be treated with hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. (Ref. 1)
For many men, experiencing BPH can be completely debilitating, because the prostate wraps around the urethra, and when it begins growing larger, can trigger problems with urinating, something no man wants to go through.
If you or someone you know is dealing with prostate cancer, death should not be an option, but neither should erectile dysfunction. And here’s the thing… more than half of men who do undergo prostate surgery develop sexual dysfunction. At the age of 50, that’s absolutely unacceptable. (Ref. 2)
So let’s take a look at what you can do to help support your prostate and ensure a long and healthy love life.
Natural Options for Prostate Health
Exercise and nutrition are also important keeping your prostate healthy. An active lifestyle and a diet rich in wholefoods, fresh vegetables, fruit and nuts and will help keep you healthier overall as well as offering benefit to your prostate.
Over the years many experts have repeatedly reaffirmed that the two most effective ingredients are ‘Stinging Nettle Extract (Urtica dioica)’ and ‘Saw Palmetto’. With this in mind, we include these in our Prostate Support in concentrated amounts.
Let’s take a closer look.
Stinging Nettle extract
Stinging nettle is scary in the wild – with needle-like hairs on its leaves that inject potentially allergy-inducing histamine and other substances at the touch – but when used to address prostate issues, the bioactive phytochemicals – flavonoids, sterol, lignans and fatty acids among them – are just as tough.
According to studies, among the key nutrients in nettle extract – the plant compounds lignans – work in two ways to help support the body’s ability to manage an enlarged prostate.
Testosterone gets a lot of the blame when it comes to prostate issues, or at least a form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), levels of which increase as testosterone levels naturally drop off with age. Men with higher levels of DHT are more prone to developing an enlarged prostate (Ref. 4), but nettle extract helps to prevent DHT from reaching the prostate, helping to guard against BPH.
Nettle also helps support an enlarged prostate by inhibiting the effects of estrogen hormones, which increase as men age and have also been tied to BPH. Research has shown that estrogen increases the symptoms of the already troubling disorder by blocking the breakdown of DHT, so it is more likely to reach the prostate and trigger excess growth. (Ref. 3)
Most other natural ways used to help treat BPH only target the androgen hormone testosterone, but nettle extract appears to target estrogen hormones as well, helping to support a healthy prostate in several different ways.
Saw palmetto extract has a long history in folk medicine among Native Americans, especially for urinary and reproductive problems. European and American medical practitioners have used saw palmetto extract for more than 200 years for conditions such as general weakness and urogenital problems.
One recent study that reviewed 44 separate prostate health studies from 1966 to 1997, showed that men who used Saw palmetto had a significantly diminished need to urinate in the middle of the night, and saw on average a 72 percent improvement in BPH symptoms.
Saw palmetto may help inhibit DHT activity in the prostate and also help to inhibit alpha-adrenergic receptor activity needed to support normal urinary flow and manage inflammatory reactions in the prostate.
A one-two powerhouse
Taking advantage of the power of nature, the latest product from Xtend-Life has one goal – making sure that the second half of a man’s life is as healthy and enjoyable as possible. (That means there’s no room for impotence, so taking charge of your prostate now can make all the difference.)
Prostate Support combines two well-documented natural ingredients for prostate health, including stinging nettle extract and saw palmetto. When combined, these two potent ingredients work in synergy to benefit prostate health, helping to support your prostate health to reduce the risk of prostate problems.
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