Supplements That Support Prostate Health
By Kevin Agrawal
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be 25% cases of prostate cancer
in the United States in 2008. This is good reason for American men to become more aware of common prostrate disorders, and how they can keep good prostrate health to possibly avoid these disorders.Prostate Glands and its Functions
The prostate gland
is a part of the male reproductive system. It is situated just under the bladder and encloses the urethra. The prostate gland
consists of many small glands enclosed in fibrous tissue. This tissue is called the prostatic capsule. The main function of the prostate glands is to produce part of, store, and help in the secretion of semen, the solution that carries sperm.Overview of Prostate Disorders:
- Prostatis. Inflammation or irritation of the prostate gland. This can be caused by bacteria, kidney stones, cancer or by other non-bacterial causes.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia. The prostate gland enlarges to such an extent that urination becomes difficult. Prostate cells in the middle of the prostate gland begin to multiply rapidly when men reach their mid-40s. This results in the enlargement of the prostate. This enlargement begins to put pressure on the urethra. This condition is called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). It is estimated that 50% of the men over 60 and 90% of men in their 70’s and 80’s have BPH.
- Prostate cancer. This is one of the most common cancers affecting older men (usually above 50) and a significant cause of their deaths. Prostate cancer has been the second leading cause of cancer death among the American men. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 10% of the total cancer deaths in the United States will be due to prostate cancer in 2008. This figure was 9% since 2007.
Treatment differs from individual to individual. It can include medicine, surgery or non-surgical methods.Causes of Prostate Disorders:
Role of Beta-Sitosterol
- Age. Men above 50 are usually diagnosed with prostate disorders. More than 80% of the diagnosed cases are more than 65.
- Race/Nationality. Prostate disorders occur more in African-American men than in men of other races. It is also more common in men in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia, and on Caribbean islands.
- Diet. The diet consumed in America can be a contributing factor for developing prostate disorders. Men who eat red meat, and pay no attention to vegetables and fruit in their diet appear to be more at risk.
- Hereditary Factors. Although this is not a major cause, the risk of getting prostate cancer is higher if you have a father or brother who has had it.
- DNA mutations. There are certain genes that promote cell growth and division. These are called oncogenes. There are other genes that slow down cell division or cause cells to die at the right time. These are called tumor suppressor genes. Changes in the DNA (mutations) can turn on oncogenes or turn off tumor suppressor genes, leading to cancer. At this stage of research, results are not yet clear as to what causes these disorders. Doctors, however, recommend a low-fat diet, high in fiber with plenty of fruits and vegetables. You may be able to reduce your risk of prostate cancer by changing the way you eat. Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon which contain antioxidants called lycopenes have shown potential in lowering the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopenes antioxidants help prevent damage to DNA. Researchers at the Christie Hospital in Manchester concluded that the intake of omega-3 fats (found in fatty fish) may inhibit the prostate cancer cells.
Beta-sitosterol, one of several phytosterols, helps support prostate health
. It has been used in easing symptoms of BPH with good results. Natural sources are found in pecans, pumpkin seed, cashew fruit, rice bran, wheat germ, corn oils, soybeans, sea-buckthorn, and wolfberries. Supplements like Prost-A-Plex
and saw palmetto
will help you get the ensured dosage your body needs for good prostate health
. Please consult your doctor for its advantage for you and recommended dosage.
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