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Do you wake a number of times in the night to urinate? Do you find
that sometimes you don’t quite make it there in time? If you are a man
and you answer yes to both those questions you might be suffering
from prostatic hypertrophy. Don’t be embarrassed. You are certainly
not alone. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information
Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), a National Institute of Health body, explains
that in 2000 there were 4.5 million visits to doctors throughout the
United Stated as a result of prostatic hypertrophy. So what can you do
to relieve the condition? Can natural remedies and lifestyle changes
help?


What is Prostatic Hypertrophy?



The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
explains that prostatic hypertrophy is a condition in which the gland of
the prostate, the male reproductive gland that produces the fluid
carrying sperm during ejaculation, becomes enlarged causing problems
with urination. These include incontinence, a weak stream of urine and
sometimes even the inability to urinate.



This body explains that while some of the symptoms of prostate
hypertrophy are similar to that of prostate cancer,
hypertrophy is
neither a precursor to nor a cause of
prostate cancer. For this reason
hypertrophy is often called benign prostatic hypertrophy (or BHP).



Benign prostatic hypertrophy is also called "benign prostatic
hyperplasia".



Causes of Prostatic Hypertrophy



A 2009 study carried out by the University of North Carolina Division of
Urologic Surgery associates the enlarged prostate of hypertrophy with
ageing men since the prostate continually expands over the course of
lifetime.



However, this is not to simplify the condition. Most researches of
prostatic hypertrophy agree that much work needs to be done as
regards research into its causes. Nevertheless, some interesting studies
have shed light on some of its possible triggers.



A 2008 Israeli study carried out at Weizmann Institute of Science,
found that almost all cases of hypertrophy were caused by a
dysfunction in spermatic veins of the male reproductive system or a
kind of varicocele (vascular disease). This manifests itself as high blood
pressure in these veins, sometimes 6 times greater than the normal
rate. This increased pressure in the veins causes the vessels in the area
to enlarge and as a result a strange occurrence takes place: retrograde
blood flow through the veins from the higher pressure in the testicular
venous drainage system to the low pressure in the prostatic drainage
system directly to the prostate.



The study suggested that a high level of testosterone is a necessary
factor in the development of prostatic hypertrophy although this does
not mean that it is necessarily a cause of the condition.



A 2008 study at the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center also revealed that a high fat diet and high consumption of red
meat can also lead to the development of the prostatic hypertrophy.



Top 10 Natural Remedies for Prostatic Hypertrophy

























So what can we do to help ourselves? Studies show some natural
remedies can help. Here we bring you some of them. However, as
tempting as they might sound, please consult your healthcare provider
before incorporating them into your lifestyle.



1.
Saw Palmetto



A 2000 study carried out at University of Chicago Pritzker School of
Medicine found that Saw Palmetto extract from the Serenoa repens
fruit which is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols, can have a significant
positive effect on urinary flow rates and urinary tract infections in men
compared to placebos. However, the study notes that most
investigations into the issue are limited by methodological flaws, small
patient numbers and brief patient intervals.



2.
Sting Nettle Helps Symptoms of Prostatic Hypertrophy



A 2007 Germany study carried out at the University of Freiberg set out
that a proprietary methanolic extract found in sting nettle is effective in
improving the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy.



3.
Pygeum Reduces Cholesterol Build Up In Your Prostate



Pygeum, an extract from the bark of the African tree was found to
reduce symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy in numerous studies,
among them a 1999 French study carried out at Pitié-Salpétrière
Hospital, Paris. Pygeum contains three elements that promote prostate
health: pentacyclic triterpenoids, which have a diuretic action;
phytosterols or anti-inflammatory agents and ferulic esters, which help
evacuate the prostate’s cholesterol build up that result from benign
prostatic hypertrophy.



4.
Pumpkin Seed Oil



A 200 study carried out across Germany on 2245 participants by
researchers for SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare found that
pumpkin seed oil reduced the symptoms of benign prostatic
hypertrophy particularly in the early stages.



5.
Vitamin F

A 1941 study carried out at Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin found that Vitamin F or the combination of alpha-
linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6
fatty acid) improved the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy. In
each of the 19 participants in the trial, the amount of retained urine
was reduced. Leaking was eliminated in 18 of the 19 men. Furthermore,
participants reported improved libido and a decrease in the size of the
enlarged prostate.



6.
Rye Pollen Extract



Numerous Japanese studies carried out at Kyushu University Hospital in
the early 1980’s found that rye pollen extract could reduce the
symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy. Twenty patients with
benign prostatic hypertrophy were treated with 6 tablets a day for an
average of 13.2 weeks. Results included the improvement of sense of
residual urine (92%), retardation (86%), night frequency (85%),
strain on urination (56%), protraction (53%) and forceless urinary
stream (53%). Night frequency, residual urine volume and tidal urine
volume were reduced significantly. Overall effectiveness was set at
80%.



7.
Garlic Reduces Swollen Prostate



A 2003 Turkish study undertaken at Ankara University School of
Medicine revealed a link between a particular aged garlic extract and a
reduction in size of a swollen prostate gland as well as urinary
symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy.



8.
Beta-Sitosterol



A 1995 German study undertaken by researchers at Ruhr-University,
Bochum, Germany found that beta-sitosterol, a plant-based compound
significantly reduced the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy in
200 patients. The decrease in urinary flow was particularly evident.



9.
Zinc, lycopene and Vitamin D Supplements

A 2008 study carried out at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,
Seattle, found that there was evidence, albeit small, that supplements
like lycopene, zinc, and  Vitamin D could reduce the risk of benign
prostatic hypertrophy in patients. (Read more about
zinc's surprising
ability to increase testosterone levels)



10.
Low Fat Diet



The same 2008 study at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,
Seattle, set out that a diet low in fat and red meat and high in protein
and vegetables could also reduce the risk of symptomatic benign
prostatic hypertrophy.



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