Prostate & BPH Supplements
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate is just in front of the rectum. The urethra runs through the center of the prostate, from the bladder to the penis, letting urine flow out of the body.
Scientists do not know all the prostate's functions. One of its main roles, though, is to squeeze fluid into the urethra as sperm move through during sexual climax. This fluid, which helps make up semen, energizes the sperm and makes the vaginal canal less acidic.
Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
It is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy.
What causes BPH?
Throughout their lives, men produce both testosterone, an important male hormone, and small amounts of estrogen, a female hormone. As men age, the amount of active testosterone in the blood decreases, leaving a higher proportion of estrogen. Studies done on animals have suggested that BPH may occur because the higher amount of estrogen within the gland increases the activity of substances that promote cell growth.
Another theory focuses on dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance derived from testosterone in the prostate, which may help control its growth. Most animals lose their ability to produce DHT as they age. However, some research has indicated that even with a drop in the blood's testosterone level, older men continue to produce and accumulate high levels of DHT in the prostate. This accumulation of DHT may encourage the growth of cells. Scientists have also noted that men who do not produce DHT do not develop BPH.
Some researchers suggest that BPH may develop as a result of "instructions" given to cells early in life. According to this theory, BPH occurs because cells in one section of the gland follow these instructions and "reawaken" later in life. These "reawakened" cells then deliver signals to other cells in the gland, instructing them to grow or making them more sensitive to hormones that influence growth.
- Higher estrogen levels within the prostate gland.
- Increase levles of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone - substance derived from testosterone in the prostate)
- Lack of physical exercise
- High fat and excess animal protein diet may contribute
The symptoms of BPH may involve problems emptying the bladder or problems with bladder storage.
Symptoms related to bladder emptying include:
- Difficulty starting a urine stream (hesitancy and straining).
- Decreased strength of the urine stream (weak flow).
- Dribbling after urination.
- Feeling that the bladder is not completely empty.
- An urge to urinate again soon after urinating.
- Pain during urination (dysuria).
Symptoms related to bladder storage include:
- Waking at night to urinate (nocturia).
- Frequent urination.
- A sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate.
These symptoms are not always related to prostate enlargement and can be caused by other conditions. BPH symptoms are often balanced between the two types of symptoms. If symptoms come on rapidly, or if you have more of one type of symptom than the other type, you may have another condition. Other conditions that may cause similar symptoms include urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart failure, and neurologic diseases.Preventive Care:
- Maintaining some sexual activity
- Nutrients such as vitamin A,C,E, and other antioxidants Lycopene, especially Zinc
- Amino Acids: Alanine, Glutamic Acid Glycine
- Herbs: saw palmetto, pygeum Africanus, stinging nettle...
The benefits of taking Prostate support supplements are cumulative
AL's FORMULA (Basic Nutrients for Men over 40) by Thorne Research
This multiple vitamin-mineral formula is designed to support the metabolic functions of the "mature" man. Al's Formula contains saw palmetto extract and the amino acids alanine, glycine, and glutamic acid for nutritional support of the male reproductive system, and pure betaine and hawthorne extract for optimal cardiovascular functioning.
Dosage:2 to 4 capsules bid
|Eight Capsules Contain || ||DV% |
| || || |
|Vitamin A (as 2,500 IU Palmitate and 12,500 IU Mixed Carotenes) ||15,000 IU ||300% |
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) ||850 mg ||1417% |
|Vitamin D (as Vitamin D3) ||1600 IU ||200% |
|Vitamin E (as d-Alpha-Tocopheryl) ||400 IU ||1333% |
|Vitamin K (as Vitamin K1) ||100 mcg ||125% |
|Thiamine (from 50 mg Thiamine HCl) ||40 mg ||2667% |
|Riboflavin (from 15 mg Riboflavin 5'-Phosphate) ||11 mg ||647% |
|Niacin (from 30 mg Niacin and from 130 mg Niacinamide) ||160 mg ||800% |
|Vitamin B6 (from 25 mg Pyridoxal 5'-Phosphate) ||16.9 mg ||845% |
|Folate (500 mcg as Calcium Folinate and 500 mcg as 5-methyl-tetrahydrofolate) ||1000 mcg ||250% |
|Vitamin B12 (from 225 mcg Adenosylcobalamin and 225 mcg Methylcobalamin) ||450 mcg ||7500% |
|Biotin ||400 mcg ||133% |
|Pantothenic Acid (from 450 mg Calcium Pantothenate) ||413 mg ||4130% |
|Calcium (as Calcium Citrate-Malate) ||300 mg ||30% |
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Citrate-Malate) ||285 mg ||71% |
|Zinc (as Zinc Picolinate) ||30 mg ||200% |
|Selenium (as Selenium Picolinate) ||200 mcg ||286% |
|Copper (as Copper Picolinate) ||1.5 mg ||75% |
|Manganese (as Manganese Picolinate) ||6 mg ||300% |
|Chromium (as UltraChrome) ||200 mcg ||167% |
|Molybdenum (as Molybdenum Picolinate) ||100 mcg ||133% |
|Potassium (as Potassium Citrate-Malate) ||90 mg ||2.5% |
|Boron (as Boron Picolinate) ||3 mg ||* |
|Choline Citrate ||100 mg ||* |
|Vanadium (as Vanadium Picolinate) ||100 mcg ||* |
|Saw Palmetto extract (fruit)(Serenoa repens)(85% fatty acids and sterols) ||160 mg ||* |
|English Hawthorne extract (top branch flowers)(Crataegus oxycantha) (1.8% vitexin-2-rhamnoside) ||50 mg ||* |
|L-Alanine ||100 mg ||* |
|Glycine ||100 mg ||* |
|Glutamic Acid ||100 mg ||* |
|Pure Betaine (Trimethylglycine) ||300 mg ||* |
|* Daily value (DV) not established || || |
If pregnant, consult your health care practitioner before using this product.