As men hit their 50s, they start developing prostate problems and are at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, which one of the common life threatening health conditions that affect millions of men around the world.
A proper medical diagnosis along with a healthy diet and exercise are therefore important when it comes to dealing with prostate problems in men, and when this routine is supplemented by herbs, it gets even better.
Some herbs are blessed with a natural ability to enhance the health of the prostate gland, and if you’re looking for some good herbs, here we’ve listed down some of them.
Stinging nettle is a popular herb and has been in use since centuries when it comes to dealing with conditions that affect the immune system including asthma and rheumatism. Recent studies have now confirmed the efficiency of this herb in dealing with prostate problems.
It is believed that saw palmetto works by increasing the flow of urine and bringing more blood to the prostate gland, thereby improving its health. It is also believed that the extracts of this herb may be useful in dealing with and preventing BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
African plum tree is thought to contain some vital extracts in its bark, which is the most effective natural treatment against bladder disorders. Many studies have also confirmed the efficiency of this herb in dealing with the symptoms associated with BPH.
It is also believed that the extracts of this herb contains anti-inflammatory agents and compounds that increase urine output and balance cholesterol levels in the blood, thereby preventing it from getting accumulated in the prostate gland.
Saw palmetto is yet another herb found to be effective in dealing with disorders associated with the male reproductive system. The extracts of this herb are an effective natural remedy for mild to moderate BPH and is thought to be useful in curbing problems associated with the urinary system as well. Saw palmetto extracts are also found to contain certain substances that convert the hormone testosterone into its more active form, which in turn, improve prostate health and even prevent abnormal enlargement of the prostate gland.
Vitex is a popular herbal remedy for many conditions associated with the endocrine system. It is believed that the extracts of this herb could prevent excessive production of estrogen in the body, and may also manage testosterone levels.
It is important that the extracts of this herb be taken in the recommended dose only, so as to prevent certain complications associated with its overuse.
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This Tibetan herb is believed to be extremely useful in handling common colds and cough. Traditionally, this herb was also used to deal with arthritic pain thanks to its valuable anti-inflammatory properties.
Recent studies have revealed how the extracts of this herb could interfere with the growth factors that lead to progression of prostate cancer, thereby delaying its spread and maybe even preventing it.
Wild basil is yet another effective herbal remedy against prostate cancer- one of the most dangerous forms of prostate disorders. The extracts of this herb are also thought to prevent parasitic infections of the reproductive system which in turn, cause deterioration of prostate health. Recent studies have also found that the extracts of this herb could stop the progression of liver cancer too, thanks to its ability to beat alcohol and its effects on the body, particularly the liver.
It may sound surprising, but this rich, red yummy fruit that you add to most of your food preparations can actually improve prostate health. Tomatoes are a rich natural source of lycopene that plays a vital role in stopping the progression of prostate cancer cells.
Some research has also found that regular consumption of tomatoes could trigger apoptosis, which is basically cell suicide, in the cancerous cells, thereby driving them to self-destruction.
Phellodendron is a Chinese herb and is being used since over 2000 years as a natural remedy for various health conditions, including prostate health. Recent studies have found the extracts of this herb to be effective in dealing with sexual problems associated with prostate cancer and other prostate problems.