As men get older, often in their 50s, many start having those uncomfortable symptoms related to their prostate. As the prostate gland ages, it begins to swell and grow more than normal. The most common symptom you may hear from men is that they have to get up several times a night to go to the bathroom. This can be very frustrating, not to mention interfering with getting a good night’s sleep.
Unfortunately, there are a few other growing pains associated with an enlarged prostate gland, some of which are difficulty urinating, frequent urination or urgency, partial emptying of bladder, painful urination, lower back pain and urinary tract infections, to name a few.
is the prostate?
prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that is part of the male reproductive system.
The main function of the prostate is to make a fluid that goes into semen.
Prostate fluid is essential for a man’s fertility. The gland surrounds the
urethra at the neck of the bladder. (1)
is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH?
prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in men in which the prostate
gland is enlarged. BPH is also called benign prostatic hypertrophy or benign
prostatic obstruction. The prostate goes through a growth period from about the
age of 25 years and continuing on throughout most of a man’s life.
the prostate enlarges, the gland presses against and pinches the urethra. The
bladder wall becomes thicker. Eventually, the bladder may weaken and lose the
ability to empty completely. The narrowing of the urethra and urinary retention,
the inability to empty the bladder completely, cause many of the problems
associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia. (1)
Symptoms of BPH
Lower urinary tract symptoms that are suggestive of BPH are as follows:
- urinary frequency—urination eight or more times a day
- urinary urgency—the inability to delay urination
- trouble starting a urine stream
- a weak or an interrupted urine stream
- dribbling at the end of urination
- nocturia—frequent urination during periods of sleep
- urinary retention
- urinary incontinence—the accidental loss of urine
- pain after ejaculation or during urination
- urine that has an unusual color or smell
Symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia most often come from a blocked urethra or a bladder that is overworked from trying to pass urine through the blockage. The size of the prostate does not always determine the severity of the blockage or symptoms. Less than half of all men with benign prostatic hyperplasia have lower urinary tract symptoms. (1)
Natural Solution for Symptoms of BPH
So what can you do naturally to help relieve your symptoms? Dr. Hotze’s Prostate Pro
is physician-formulated to support overall prostate health. It does not contain any egg, GMO, gluten, or dairy. It contains 120 capsules per bottle.
Here is what research studies have to say about some of the ingredients that happen to be included in Dr. Hotze’s Prostate Pro
By now you may have heard of saw palmetto, also known as Serenoa repens or Sabal serrulatum, which is an herb that is most commonly used to treat problems related to BPH. The medicinal element of saw palmetto is taken from the partially dried ripe fruit of the American dwarf palm tree, which is indigenous to the coastal regions of the southern United States, from the Carolinas and Florida to California.
Saw palmetto is widely used in other countries; for example, it is used in 50 percent of treatments for BPH in Italy and in 90 percent of such treatments in Germany. The active part of the plant is the sterols and free fatty acids found in the berry. Historically, saw palmetto was administered with nettle root and pumpkin seeds, as is such in Dr. Hotze's Prostate Pro
In research studies, saw palmetto improved symptom scores, individual symptoms, and flow measures more than placebo. In the studies that reported nocturia (waking up during the night because you have to urinate), results showed that saw palmetto reduced nocturia by 25% compared with placebo.
Research shows that saw palmetto appears to be as effective as the medication finasteride and is better tolerated and less expensive. The bottom line is that saw palmetto is a safe herbal medicine that is effective for the treatment of BPH symptoms and studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of saw palmetto in reducing symptoms associated with BPH. (2)
Research results suggest that saw palmetto improves urologic symptoms and flow measures. Compared with finasteride, a pharmaceutical drug, saw palmetto produces similar improvement in urinary tract symptoms and urinary flow and was associated with fewer adverse treatment events. (3)
Stinging Nettle Root Extract
According to research results, stinging nettle had a better effect in relieving clinical symptoms in BPH patients compared to placebo. Herbal medicines such as stinging nettle have been used in many studies to treat prostate disease, and desirable results have been achieved.
In three clinical trials on BPH patients, stinging nettle had a better impact in reducing patients’ clinical symptoms than placebo. As a whole, stinging nettle is recommended to be used more in treatment of BPH patients, given its beneficial effects in reducing BPH patients’ symptoms and its safety in terms of its side effects and its being better accepted on the side of patients. (4)
Saw Palmetto and Pumpkin Seed Extract
Research results suggest that administrations of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto oil are clinically safe and may be effective as complementary and alternative medicine treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia. (5)
Pygeum Bark Extract
The use of plants and herbs for treatment of obstructive and irritative lower urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH has been growing steadily. The extract of the African prune tree, Pygeum africanum, or Pygeum Bark, is one of the several phytotherapeutic agents available for the treatment of BPH, and we use this in Dr. Hotze’s Prostate Pro
. Research shows that a standardized preparation of Pygeum africanum may be a useful treatment option for men with lower urinary symptoms consistent with benign prostatic hyperplasia. (6)
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