LMU 112 – Nurturing Prostate Health: Unveiling Natural Solutions for Enlarged Prostate Issues
Source: Journal Minerva Med August 2018
Lifestyle Medicine Update (November 17, 2018)
Aging is an inevitable journey marked by a myriad of changes in the body, some of which can bring about challenges that warrant our attention. For men, the spectre of prostate problems looms larger as the years pass. Enlarged prostate, a concern familiar to many, can significantly impact a man’s quality of life. Yet, delving into the intricacies of this issue reveals that age isn’t the sole factor at play. A deeper understanding of the mechanics behind prostate enlargement, coupled with insights into potent natural interventions, can potentially reshape the narrative for men navigating the later stages of life.
The Aging Prostate: A Precarious Pathway
As men advance in age, they find themselves traversing the terrain of prostate-related concerns with increasing frequency. At the core of this matter lies a biological phenomenon that gains prominence with age—prostate cell behavior alteration. Especially after reaching the age of 40, a pivotal transformation unfurls. Prostate cells undergo a shift that accelerates the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a potent androgen. Consequently, DHT accumulates within prostate cells, igniting an accelerated rate of cell division. This proliferation leads to an augmented population of prostate cells within the gland, culminating in prostate enlargement.
Prostate Enlargement’s Implications: Urinary Woes and Beyond
The consequences of prostate enlargement extend beyond the confines of physiological alterations; they trickle into the realm of everyday living. The expanding prostate imparts pressure on the urethra, the conduit that channels urine from the bladder. This pressure impedes the smooth flow of urine, transforming a basic bodily function into a formidable challenge. The repercussions encompass difficulties in urination, diminished urine stream, heightened frequency of daytime and nighttime urination, and even disturbances in normal sexual function.
Navigating Solutions: The Role of Medications and Supplements
While conventional medications are available to thwart the surge of DHT within the prostate, the spotlight increasingly shifts towards natural solutions that can potentially achieve the same objective. A pantheon of supplements has emerged, each bearing the potential to harness prostate health. The chorus of voices advocating for the incorporation of prostate support supplements into the lives of men over 40 grows louder. These supplements, when combined with appropriate dietary and lifestyle modifications, could potentially herald a proactive approach to preventing prostate enlargement.
The Synergy of Natural Elements: A Formidable Defence
In the realm of natural interventions, several elements have taken center stage due to their promising outcomes. Saw palmetto, Pygeum africanum, beta-sitosterol, soy isoflavones, and stinging nettle emerge as notable contenders in the pursuit of prostate health. Each of these components boasts a pedigree of success, backed by human clinical studies that illuminate their efficacy in safeguarding prostate well-being.
The Resurgence of French Maritime Pine Extract: A Noteworthy Study
Among these natural warriors, French Maritime Pine extract emerges as a standout candidate. A compelling study conducted in Italy during August 2018 unfurled intriguing results. This study hinged on a unique group of participants—75 men grappling with early-stage prostate enlargement, clinically referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The trial divided the participants into three groups: one group received standard dietary guidance, another group was administered conventional prostate medication, and the third group received standard dietary advice coupled with French Maritime Pine extract at a daily dosage of 150 mg. The results were resoundingly clear—the men who reaped the most substantial benefits were those who had been enriched with the French Maritime Pine extract.
Decoding the Mechanism: How Does it Work?
The question that invariably arises is, how does this extract wield its influence? Animal studies offer a clue. Like its counterparts—Saw palmetto extract, beta-sitosterol, and soy isoflavones—the active constituents within French Maritime Pine extract intervene in the conversion of testosterone into DHT. This inhibition is accompanied by attributes that include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. These combined actions potentially foster an environment conducive to prostate health, further cementing the extract’s position as a formidable ally in the fight against prostate enlargement.
The journey toward maintaining prostate health is a multifaceted endeavor that converges scientific inquiry, natural interventions, and individual empowerment. Aging may lay the groundwork for prostate concerns, but knowledge and action can reshape the trajectory of these challenges. As we forge ahead, the marriage of conventional wisdom and cutting-edge research illuminates a pathway towards embracing the golden years with vitality and well-being intact.
- Ledda A, Belcaro G, Feragalli B, Cronelli C, Dugal M et al. Benign prostatic hypertrophy: Pycnogenol ® supplementation improves prostate symptoms and residual bladder volume. Minerva Med August 2018 109(4): 280-284 [Read the study here](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29947491)
- Blocks Build-up of DHT [Read the study here](https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327958699_Inhibitory_effects_of_PycnogenolR_a_pine_bark_extract_in_a_rat_model_of_testosterone_propionate-induced_benign_prostatic_hyperplasia)
Dr. James Meschino
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP, is an educator, author, and researcher having lectured to thousands of healthcare professionals across North America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science with specialties in human nutrition and biology and is recognized as an expert in the field of nutrition, anti-aging, fitness, and wellness as well as the author of numerous books.