Herbs are so much part of our everyday lives we probably don’t realise how much we use them. Equally, we don’t realise how much they can help us so we wanted to give you more information on these valuable plants.
Herbal medicine is ancient wisdom that has been used throughout the world over centuries. Herbal preparations are made directly from the plant, and use different parts from leaves, flowers, seeds, rhizomes through to roots. Depending on the herb they can come in tincture, paste, tablets or teas.
Our everyday use of herbs includes
Like all medicine herbs do require specialist knowledge to ensure they are used correctly. We are providing you with an overview of the more commonly known herbs. Our blog will identify the traditional associations relating to each herb. EFSA do not issue any supported claims for herbs.
This herb is produced from the extract of Sabal Serrulata berries. The plant is part of the palm family. Unlike some of the herbs we have discussed this one has a specific purpose and that is to support the heath of men’s prostate and balance their testosterone levels.
BPH – Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
You are more likely to recognise BPH as an enlarged prostate. This is a condition that is uncomfortable, inconvenient and at times embarrassing for any man suffering from it.
You will know you have an enlarged prostate if
- You are getting up during the night to urinate – probably more than once a night.
- Control of your urine can be a problem and urgency can find you desperate to find a toilet or convenient bush NOW!
- Frequency of urination can be all the time not just at night.
- The need to urinate is there but you just can’t get it to flow, it dribbles out and you never feel you have emptied out. This is a particularly unpleasant symptom because any retained urine is likely to cause an infection.
Why have you got an enlarged prostate?
As ever there are always multiple reasons for a condition to occur. In this case:
- It can be a genetic condition passed down through families.
- Diet plays a part particularly consumption of red meat and dairy.
- Stress – the old favourite affects your prostate health along with many other health issues.
- Hormone imbalance – men with high levels of testosterone are prone to enlarges prostate symptoms. This also ties into hair loss.
How can I help myself?
- Find out your family history.
- Eat less red meat. Daily consumption of red meat can increase your risk factor by 38%
- Eat less dairy – it has inflammatory associations.
- Eat more vegetables – we don’t repeat this message for nothing. In this case consuming more than 4 servings of vegetables a day can reduce your risk by 32%. Makes it a no brainer doesn’t it?
- Reduce yours stress – we have written numerous blogs on different aspects of stress.
- Talk to your GP if you are concerned. The attitude of your GP towards herbal preparations will be important. To help you with GP’s who are not familiar with herbal products A.Vogel have prepared a Healthcare information pack that you can present to your GP.
A. Vogel Prostasan is a product I have recommended to many men and it has had a beneficial effect for all of them. One friend whose father had the condition was terrified of needing an operation. Unsurprisingly the stress of worrying may have accentuated his worries. He ended up with significant control issues and being mortified by it all. Once he was taking this product all his issues went away and he still has not had the operation some 10 years later!
Alongside Saw Palmetto there are other useful nutrients to support your prostate
- Zinc – as you will recall from previous blogs Zinc is an important mineral and EFSA recognise its contribution to
- Normal fertility and reproduction
- Maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood
- Protection of cells from oxidative stress
- Make sure you include either a zinc supplement or
- Pumpkin seeds
- Brazil nuts
- Wheat germ / bran
- Wholegrain products
- High protein diets
- Brewer’s yeast
- Egg yolks
- Oysters in your diet
- Both stinging nettle root and beta sitosterol are recognised to have a positive impact on prostate health.
- Pumpkin seeds have already been highlighted but deserve another mention. These fabulous seeds have been identified by Reviews in Urology for their anti-inflammatory properties relating to the prostate
- Lycopene is also identified as being supportive to prostate health. Start eating all the red fruits and vegetables guys!
Do not take this product if you have not yet had a diagnosis of enlarged prostate.
Check with your GP if you are already taking medication for an enlarge prostate.
The diagnosis is important. The symptoms can look like more serious conditions so please check it out!