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How to Shrink Your Enlarged Prostate Naturally

By Andrew Alpin, 26 March

When cells in the prostate abnormally divide and multiply, it can cause the organ to increase in size resulting in the condition of benign prostate enlargement or BPE. It is also referred to as BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia. The condition is a frustrating one causing men discomfort mainly with physical intercourse and difficulty in urination. It may impact the quality of life but is not a serious threat to health and certainly isn’t cancer.

When you experience symptoms of enlarged prostate, see a doctor immediately

Although your prostate problem needs to be treated by a doctor immediately, natural remedies provide a support system to manage the disease. Here are 10 home remedies for enlarged prostate. The symptoms of benign enlarged prostate are

  • Pain, discomfort or burning sensation during urine
  • Constant urge to urinate
  • Sensation of incomplete voiding or urination
  • Urge to urinate at night
  • Weakened urine flow
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Straining to urinate

When you experience symptoms of enlarged prostate, see a doctor immediately

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1Pygeum (African plum extract)

Pygeum contains fatty acids, alcohols and sterols that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the urogenital tract. Studies have shown that taking two doses of 50 mg pygeum, extractor 100-200mg daily can help reduce symptoms of BPH.

Pygeum (African plum extract)

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2Saw palmetto

The extract of saw palmetto has been proved by several studies to help reduce BPH symptoms. Native Indians used the plant for its medicinal benefits while settlers in the early 20th century used the berries for treating urinary tract problems. Saw palmetto is believed to inhibit testosterone production and reduce the inner lining of the prostate. Various studies have not been able to prove that supplements of Saw palmetto had any impact on BPH although it is widely regarded to do so.

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3Zi-Shen Pill (ZSP)

A mixture of three plants, including Chinese cinnamon are part of the composition of the Zi Shen Pill. The formula is an ancient Chinese remedy that dates way back to the 13th century. Research has proved how the formula, when tested on mice, reduced BPH.

Zi-Shen Pill (ZSP)

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4Cernilton

Cernilton is the brand name of ryegrass pollen that is a herbal supplement used for treating symptoms of BPH like incomplete voiding and the excess urge to urinate at night. Although it can be found even in pharmaceutical supplements, scientific studies have not yet shown the ingredient to impact BPH on a large scale. But scientists do feel it can reduce prostate to some extent.

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5Orbignya Speciosa (babassu)

This is a species of palm tree found in Brazil. Amazonian tribes regularly use the ground kernels of the tree to treat urogenital problems.

Babassu nut oil has been shown to reduce testosterone production while certain parts of the nut contain compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Orbignya speciosa (babassu)

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6Stinging nettle

Stinging Nettle like saw palmetto also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is used often in combination with saw palmetto but research is yet to prove its impact on BH even though it is a popular natural remedy for the problem.

Stinging nettle

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7Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed)

Pumpkin seeds contain a compound called beta-sitosterol which is similar to cholesterol. New research has found that the ingredient can improve urine flow and reduce the quantity of urine left in the bladder after micturition. Various studies advise consuming 10g of pumpkin extract daily.

Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed)

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8Lycopene

Lycopene is an antioxidant found in several fruits and vegetables. One study has shown how it can retard the progression of BPH. The richest source of lycopenes is tomatoes and the pinker the fruit the more it will contain lycopene. Other sources of lycopene are carrots, guava, watermelon, pink grapefruit and papaya.

Lycopene

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9Zinc

Zinc deficiencies have been linked to risk of BPH and zinc supplements or dietary sources can help the symptoms of irregular urination associated with BPH. Rich sources of zinc are seafood, poultry, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds.

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10Green tea

Green tea has been proved time and again as a natural remedy for a number of problems because of catechins found in it. These are antioxidants that improve immunity and reduce the progress of prostate cancer. Green tea, however, contains caffeine that stimulates the bladder increasing the urge to urinate which can worsen the symptoms of BPH. You can look for decaffeinated green tea.

Green tea has a lot of antioxidants called catechins that have been shown to enhance the immune system and potentially slow the progression of cancer. It is important to keep in mind that green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine can stimulate the bladder and cause a sudden urge to urinate, potentially worsening BPH symptoms.

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Lifestyle tips for managing benign enlargement
  • Try to urinate before leaving home to avoid incontinence or leakage in public that can stress you out
  • Try to double void or urinate a second time after the first to drain your bladder
  • Double void by trying to urinate again a few minutes after urinating the first time, to drain the bladder as much as possible during bathroom visits.
  • Avoid drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime so that you won’t be sleeping with a full bladder.
  • Drink 2 liters water daily for hydration
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Perform de-stressing activities like walking, meditation or yoga
  • Avoid or at least limit products that increase dehydration like cold medication and decongestants
  • In problematic conditions one can use absorbent pants or pads that can absorb urine leaks
  • Urinary sheaths shaped like condoms can also be used when symptoms are more pronounced
  • Urethral massage is another remedy to perform after urinating. Using your fingers gently press upward starting at the base of the scrotum to try and squeeze out any urine left to prevent leakage.

Lifestyle tips for managing benign enlargement

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What causes enlarged prostate

There is no known cause as yet although it commonly affects people after 40 and older. Studies have linked hormonal changes to the condition that usually occur with age. Changes in the balance of testosterone, estrogen and the byproduct dihydrotestosterone (DHT) have been linked to the abnormal growth of cells.

  • Foods that help
  • There are certain foods that can reduce the condition of BPH and its symptoms, these are
  • Fiber: whole grains, beans, legumes and dark leafy green veggies.
  • Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants especially brightly colored like dark red, yellow or orange.
  • Foods rich in zinc like eggs, seafood and nuts
  • Foods that contain Phytoestrogens like chickpea, alfalfa, fava beans and soy
  • Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, nuts and seed,hemp and chia

What causes enlarged prostate

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Products to avoid or consume in moderation

  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Alcohol
  • Starch and refined foods
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Red meat

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Risk factors for an enlarged prostate

The main risks of enlarged factors are: Diabetes, age, obesity, family history of benign enlarged prostate, heart disease, people of Asian heritage or descent. Latest studies have shown how adherence to the whole Mediterranean diet could reduce risk of prostate cancer.

Risk factors for an enlarged prostate

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