HOW TO NATURALLY PROTECT THIS MALE ORGAN.
Before we examine two possible natural remedies for prostate, let’s try and explain the function of this organ
and its importance for the well-being of man. We frequently hear about it, but not always in a clear way, even if many countries are now participating in the so-called ” Movember “, an event created to raise funds and spread awareness about prostate-related problems,
In short, the term prostate is referred to a specific gland of the male genitalia , which has the following characteristics:
- located below the bladder and above the urogenital diaphragm;
- small in childhood, it develops during puberty with a shape and size similar to a chestnut;
- mainly appointed to produce that part of the seminal fluid (which is about its 20%) that nourishes and carries sperm content in semen.
THE POSSIBLE PROSTATE PROBLEMS: THE SYMPTOMS THAT HELP TO RECOGNIZE THEM
The prostate may be subject to certain ailments but mostly tends to swell with each passing year.
This problem, widespread enough after a certain age, is called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and it has to do with the inner body part, the one in contact with the neck of the bladder.
Benign prostatic hypertrophy is then responsible for inconvenience such as, for example:
- slow and reduced urine flow;
- a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder;
- a frequent need for urination etc.
Another problem, much more serious, is prostate cancer, which concerns the external part of the gland. According to estimates of the Italian Ministry of Health , this cancer is a the one with the highest incidence: In the US, about 221,800 men get diagnosed every year yet only about 27,500 die each year from the disease; in the Italian male population it appears in 36,000 cases in 2012 alone, Unfortunately, the conventional treatment for prostate cancer leaves much to be desired.
But relax, while prostate cancer is common, it does have a close to a 90 percent survival rate after being diagnosed. Of the 221,800 American men diagnosed each year, only 27,500 die from the disease. There was even a study done in England recently, showing that if you do absolutely nothing about prostate cancer, you will live just as long as if you did conventional treatment (surgery, drugs, or radiation).
But there’s a lot of controversy about the PSA test. The PSA is just an indicator of inflammation, and inflammation is just an indicator of health problems besides cancer, prostatitis, or BPH. So PSA is by no means a definitive test, and it should not be the sole reason for the decision to do a biopsy, as the biopsy itself can cause real damage. An annual digital rectal exam may be a better choice.
Also do not forget that patients die from the conventional treatment of prostate cancer which is treated in the US with Lupron or Casodex, medicines which are basically the equivalent chemical castration and which will cause a heart attack.
Fortunately, a number of safe and all-natural strategies have been shown effective against prostate cancer, including exercise and supplements.And very recently, researchers discovered a bioactive compound in the neem plant
(Azadirachta indica)a plant used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years which seems to have potent ability to quell prostate cancer.
The neem tree is referred to in the Vedas as a tree “capable of curing every illness.
In the early stages this disease is unfortunately almost always asymptomatic; as a result of the progressive increase in tumor size, the following symptoms may show up:
- blood in the urine or the semen ;
- painful urination ;
- frequent need to urinate or, on the contrary, difficulty in doing so.
In addition to these disorders, an inflammatory phenomenon may occur the so-called prostatitis (acute or chronic), that may have bacterial causes (infectious) and not. An example of non-infectious prostatitis is caused by repetitive microtrauma typical also of young sportsmen, such as cyclists.
7 RULES FOR A “HEALTHY PROSTATE
The prostate health , at any age, can also be protected by following some simple rules. Adhering to these “rules” is even more important for the “at-risk patients” and for all men above 50 years. Let’s look together.
1) REGULAR CHECKS WITH YOUR UROLOGIST
Who has close relatives in the family who have health prostate problems, and is therefore more “at risk”, should take a check with the urologist at least once a year . The same applies to all other men, from age 50 years.
2) TAKE A PSA TEST AFTER AGE 50
When a digital rectal exam (DRE) reveals an area of concern, the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) could be taken. the PSA is an enzyme produced by the prostate, whose levels should be kept under control starting at the age of 50 . To do this, a simple a blood test is sufficient. Too high values of this enzyme may indicate the presence of a tumor as well as a less serious problems prostate (inflammation, swelling etc.) therefore allowing an early diagnosis and, consequently, a more effective treatment .
3) ENGAGE IN REGULAR SEXUAL ACTIVITY
According to experts, a sexual activity practiced regularly (and safely)may have beneficial effects on the prostate gland .
On the contrary, a prolonged abstinence can promote the stagnation of secretions in the prostate and, consequently, expose to infections.
According to some, in addition, also the habit of practicing “coitus interruptus” would have negative effects on the well-being of the prostate: the urge to ‘ ejaculation should not be interrupted in order, to avoid congestion of the gland.
4) EXERCISE CONSISTENTLY
A regular exercise, even just a walk briskly for one hour every day, promotes circulation even in the pelvis area , and therefore it can help to maintain the well-being of the prostate gland.
5) MAINTAIN INTESTINAL REGULARITY
The bowel regularity is also very important for prostate health. Constipation , diarrhea as well as the opposite, in fact, can cause irritation of bowel and prostate infections or favor infections as a result of the proliferation of bacteria.
6) BECYCLE CAUTIOUSLY
Fans of the sport of “two wheels” should pay special attention and avoid abuse of bicycles or scooters, to prevent perineal microtrauma, which often causes prostate inflammation . Those who practice sports like cycling should at least protect themselves with special padded shorts.
7) DRINK LOTS OF WATER
It is advisable to drink at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day, in order to “dilute” the urine by reducing its specific weight. This will prevent infection, common in prostate patients.
THE DIET FOR THE PROSTATE: EAT WELL AVOIDING FOOD BACTERIA
For a ” healthy prostate “, it is necessary to adopt a correct diet the excessive consumption of certain foods can promote inflammatory conditions keeping alive the bacteria and supporting their proliferation .
In particular, it should be possibly eliminated, or at least limited, the intake of certain foods that are to be considered enemies of the prostate, such as:,
- liquor and beer;
- spices and pepper;
- coffee and caffeine-containing substances;
- meats and saturated fats in general.
Not only that but a poorly balanced diet can heavily burden down the work of the kidneys and cause intestinal problems: as we have seen above, also an incorrect bowel function is able to cause an irritation of the gland .
Instead, we should give space to the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and precious minerals such as selenium, zinc – a substance present in semen, vitamin D, vitamin K2, and foods rich in omega-3 fats.
And the best natural remedies for prostate health are: EPILOBIO and SERENOA
EPILOBIO AND SERENOA, AMONG THE MOST EFFECTIVE NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PROSTATE
There are several plants indicated for problems of the male urinary tract . Two in particular,, are the most effective and used in phytotherapy:
The willowherb (Epilobium parviflorum),is a weed with a therapeutic potential of great interest, tho which “analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-proliferative that may be useful in the treatment of diseases linked to prostate (prostatitis and BPH ) have been recognized “
FROM ITS NAME “’EPILOBIO” REVEALS ITS SHAPE
Epilobio, colloquially also known as wild carnation is a plant that grows commonly in moist soil , and you can easily find it in fields or pastures . It is sometimes also referred to by the name of fireweed (“grass fire”), used to indicate its tendency to grow in the woodlands after a fire .
Once again, in the name of a plant it is hidden its history, its evolution and its characteristics, even the most impressive.
In fact, the “dell’Epilobio flowers seem to grow on the seed pod and from here originates its name, which derives from the Greek words epi , meaning” above “, and lobos or pod. The Epilobio seeds are covered with a hair that is used as a wick in the candle.
2 – SERENOA REPENS
Serenoa repens, also known as “saw palmetto” or dwarf palm , is used in the formulation of supplements that promote prostate function ; in particular, the palmetto extracts have proved useful in “reducing the symptoms and disorders linked to ‘ prostatic hypertrophy ” ,and in the treatment of chronic prostatitis for their shown anti-edema effect.
Saw Palmetto is a palm-like plant with berries that were a staple food and medicine for the Native Americans of the southeastern United States where this plant grows.
Saw Palmetto can help raise testosterone by inhibiting up-conversion to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by as much as 40 percent. The risk of prostate cancer appears more strongly correlated to the testosterone breakdown product DHT.
When choosing a saw palmetto supplement, be sure to look for an organic CO2 extract of saw palmetto oil, which is dark green in color. Taking it with a small amount of healthy fat, such as coconut oil, MCT oil, avocado or eggs, will enhance the absorption of its nutrients because saw palmetto is a fat-soluble supplement
Extracts of both these plants can be taken alone or in synergy with other herbs or nutrients, such as nettle, selenium or zinc (useful minerals to keep the male genitalia functionality). If taken in the recommended dosages, these plants have also no specific side effects and can be considered absolutely safe.
New research shows that taking astaxanthin in combination with saw palmetto can provide great synergistic benefits. An optimal dose of saw palmetto and astaxanthin decreased both DHT and estrogen while simultaneously increasing testosterone.
Epilobio and Serenoa, therefore, can be considered in all respects excellent natural allies of prostate health.
Until next time.