The prostate is a small gland located in the male pelvis. It is the subject of much health discussion because it is a prime site for cancer in men, however very few men actually know what it is, or what it does. The prostate helps to produce seminal fluid for the ejaculate, as well as has smooth muscle to help expel semen during ejaculation. The prostate is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra just below the bladder. There are two main problems that will be seen with the prostate and it is important to get them checked out as they look the same. The two problems are prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (also known as an enlarged prostate or BPH). In both cases a man may experience the following symptoms: weak urine stream, stopping and starting with urination, frequent urination, hesitancy to urinate, pain with urination, and/or erectile dysfunction.
If you have symptoms it is important to have the cause investigated. If it is prostate cancer then you will need to consult your healthcare practitioner to determine a treatment plan. If the problem is BPH, then many options exist. There are medications that can be used but many people choose to avoid them as they are associated with a large number of adverse effects, most notably, erectile dysfunction and inability to ejaculate. Many people choose herbal approaches to the condition as they can be just as effective without causing adverse effects.
Saw palmetto is probably the most well known of all herbs for the prostate. This herb has been shown to be as effective as finasteride (the most common drug for BPH) without having the side effects associated with the drug. Saw palmetto will reduce the frequency of urination, improve the strength of urine flow, and help to completely void the bladder. Saw palmetto should be standardized to 85-95% fatty acids to ensure that the product you are using is going to be effective. To improve the effectiveness of saw palmetto, it is often combined with pygeum africans. The addition of pygeum africans can speed up the effectiveness of saw palmetto. When combined it can improve urine flow by 23% and reduce nocturia by 20%. To complete the herbal picture that goes with saw palmetto and pygeum africans, one suffering from BPH symptoms should look to include stinging nettle root. Stinging nettle has been shown to help reduce the size of the prostate, a key step in the long term control of the condition.
BPH is often caused by imbalances in hormone levels in men. These hormone imbalances can be related to some very basic nutrient deficiencies. Lack of vitamin B6 and zinc can result in low levels of testosterone and elevations in estrogen. This imbalance in hormones is a nightmare for the prostate and results in poor prostate function and increased prostate volume. Taking a product that contains both zinc and B6 is a good idea as they will repair the deficiency and correct the hormonal upheaval that is contributing to the prostate problems.
All of these items can be found in Prost Force by Prairie Naturals. It is formulated to have therapeutic levels of all the above discussed nutrients, in a base of pumpkin seed oil. Pumpkin seed oil has also been shown to be beneficial for prostate health, making Prost Force your complete prostate formula in an easy to swallow softgel.