The prostate is a doughnut shaped gland located behind the pubic bone and below the bladder in males. It surrounds the neck of the bladder and the urethra, a small tubular structure that drains urine from the bladder to the penis. The prostate gland is a common site of disorders in the male genitourinary system.
As men age, their prostate gland often enlarges. This condition is referred to as Benign Prostate Hypertrophy or BPH. Over 50% of American men will develop an enlarged prostate in their lifetime. Dieta ry supplementation of nutrients essential for prostate health have been shown to be effective in the relief of BPH.
Cancer of the prostate is a common malignancy in American men, second only to skin cancer. In fact, nearly 200,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Dietary supplementation of the dietary nutrients IP-6, Quercetin and Lycopene have shown to be helpful when used for Prostate cancer.
Symptoms of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors may include: Difficulty or inability to pass urine Weak or interrupted flow of urine Frequency or passing urine more often than usual, especially at night. Pain with urination Blood in the urine
ProsPlex is a natural formulation containing nutrients essential for male prostate health. Included in this formula are Saw Palmetto Berry Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Pumpkin Seed, Pygeum Aficanam Extract, IP-6, Quercetin and Lycopene. Saw Palmetto has long been known for its effectiveness in the relief of prostate related disorders, such as BPH. The mechanism of action is related to the inhibition of DHT binding to cellular receptors, inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase and interfering with prostate estrogen receptors. Approximately 90% of men with mild to moderate BPH see some improvement in symptoms during the first few weeks of therapy.
IP-6 is a relatively new product on the nutraceutical market. IP-6 is a combination of inositol (a B vitamin) and inositol hexaphosphate. Based on recent research, many experts recognize this substance as a natural anti-cancer dietary supplement. All of the cells in our body require IP-6 for healthy function. The theory is that by increasing the amount of inositol phosphates in the cells, it will make each cell, as well as the entire immune system, stronger and more able to kill abnormal cells that potentially could be cancerous.
Quercetin is a potent bioflavonoid known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-tumor actions.
Lycopene is the natural pigment that gives tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon their distinctive color. It is the most highly carotenoid present in the body. Lycopene has demonstrated inhibitory effects on various cancers including prostate, endometrial and mammory cancer.
A study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute regarding the effects of carotenoids and prostate cancer. Over 47,000 men completed questionnaires regarding their dietary intake for one year. A followup was done involving all respondents. Researchers concluded that lycopene reduce prostate cancer risk over other carotenoids because the subjects with diets high in lycopenes had lower incidences of prostate cancer.
Pygeum Africanam has historically been used in the treatment of urinary tract disorders. Numerous clinical trials in over 600 patients have demonstrated the effectiveness of pygeum in the relief of the clinical signs and symptoms of BPH. Effectiveness is enhanced when combined with Saw Palmetto.
Zinc plays an important role in hormone metabolism and is a critical addition to an effective treatment plan related to disorders of the prostate. Pumpkin Seed is a rich, natural source of Zinc.