The subject of men’s health tends to be a subject that many don’t talk about. As part of Modere Men’s Month, we want to start the conversation. We also have products specifically designed for the health concerns of men, including Prostate Health.

Prostate Health is very effective in relieving the symptoms of a disease affecting one in every seven Australian men aged over 40. Prostate enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition where enlargement of the prostate gland causes difficulty in urinating.

As the prostate is positioned around the urinary tract, the enlargement of the prostate makes the urinary tract narrow and puts pressure on the base of the bladder. Narrowing of the urinary tract can affect the passing of urine in a number of ways.

BPH is not a life-threatening condition, but if left untreated for a prolonged period of time, it has the potential to cause problems with the function of the bladder, and less commonly, the kidneys.

Prostate Health contains an ingenious combination of ingredients designed to address the symptoms of BPH and enhance prostate health, including beta-sitosterol, nettle root, lycopene from tomato, zinc amino acid chelate and selenium.

Beta-sitosterol has been the subject of several randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trials. The 2009 Cochrane Database review concludes that the evidence suggests “B-sitosterols improve urinary symptoms and flow measures.²

Nettle root extracts have been extensively studied in human clinical trials as a treatment for symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). These extracts have been shown to help relieve symptoms compared to placebo both by themselves and when combined with other herbal medicines.³

Lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant, has been shown to protect against oxidative damage in many epidemiological and experimental studies. In addition to its antioxidant activity in tomato consumptions, including fresh tomatoes, tomato sauces and purees, it’s also associated with healthy lower urinary tract function.₄

Zinc is an essential trace element, found in nearly 100 specific enzymes. There are 2-4 grams of zinc distributed throughout the human body, with the highest concentrations in the prostate. Semen is particularly rich in zinc, which is a key factor in prostate gland function and reproductive organ growth.

Selenium is an essential micronutrient with an inverse relationship to BPH. Higher circulating concentrations of selenium, also lycopene, vitamin E and carotene, have been measured in people with a reduced risk of BPH. 6BPH must be diagnosed by your doctor. It is important that you do not vary any prescribed medications you might be taking, and that you discuss your plans for complementary health care with your doctor before you begin.

The advice in this article is of a general nature and does not take into account individual conditions. Always seek advice from a qualified health professional. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

Check out our Prostate Health Fact Sheet and our handy Product Benefit Guide to assist you in forming a daily men’s health regimen.

¹Andrology Australia: Male reproductive health statistics.  https://www.andrologyaustralia.org/mens-health-statistics/

²Wilt TJ, Ishani A, MacDonald R, Stark G, Mulrow CD, Lau J. Beta-sitosterols for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 1999, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD001043. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001043

⁸Ghorbanibirgani A, Khalili A, Zamani L. The Efficacy of Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Randomized Double-Blind Study in 100 Patients. Iran Red Cres Med J. 2013; 15(1):9-10. DOI:10.5812/ircmj.2386

⁴Maria Stacewicz-Sapuntzakis, Phyllis E. Bowen, Role of lycopene and tomato products in prostate health, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Molecular Basis of Disease, Volume 1740, Issue 2, 30 May 2005, Pages 202-205, ISSN 0925-4439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbadis.2005.02.004.

⁵Whitney, Eleanor Noss, and Sharon Rady Rolfes. Understanding Nutrition. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005.

⁶Raheem, Omer A., and J. Kellogg Parsons. “Associations of obesity, physical activity and diet with benign prostatic hyperplasia and lower urinary tract symptoms.” Current opinion in urology 24.1 (2014): 10-14.