Prostate problems become more common as you grow older. Research shows that if every man lived to the age of 100, one hundred percent of them would have an enlarged prostate, known medically as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH.)
Unfortunately, medical treatments for prostate problems have a range of adverse side effects, including retrograde ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Thankfully, scientific research has shown the benefits of several natural ingredients that help treat prostate problems. One of these is beta-sitosterol, a type of phytosterol that is a cholesterol-like substance derived from plants. However, beta-sitosterol won’t raise your cholesterol and may, in fact, lower bad LDL (Low-density [lipo]proteins) cholesterol.
Beta-sitosterol is similar to the prescription drug Proscar, or finasteride, which is often prescribed for prostate problems but comes with side-effects including sexual issues and erectile dysfunction. By contrast, beta-sitosterol has minimal, if any side-effects.
Research into beta-sitosterol for prostate problems is clear: The effects of this natural substance are remarkable.
One randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of 200 men with BPH found that beta-sitosterol led to a 7.4-point decrease on the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS.) In the study, the test group was given 180 milligrams of beta-sitosterol each day. After six months, in addition to the 3.5-fold decrease on the IPSS, urine flow increased from an average of 9.9 milliliters per second to 15.2 milliliters per second.
Additionally, the residual urine in the bladder after urination decreased from 65.8 milliliters in the beta-sitosterol group to 30.4 milliliters, a 54 percent reduction, compared to a 16 percent reduction in the placebo group. A study that followed found that these beneficial effects were maintained during 18 months of follow-up observation.
Another study, published in the British Journal of Urology, involved 177 men with BPH who received 130 milligrams of beta-sitosterol daily for six months. The average urinary flow increased by 4.5 milliliters per second, and residual urine volumes decreased by 33.5 milliliters.
A review of existing beta-sitosterol studies on men with BPH also found a significant reduction in residual urine volume and significant increases in urinary flow rates.
In a study of men with prostate cancer, beta-sitosterol decreased the growth of cancer cells by 24 percent and led to a fourfold increase in induced apoptosis, or programmed cell death, as well as a 50 percent increase in ceramide production, which induces apoptosis. A similar study in mice found that beta-sitosterol inhibited the growth of PC-3 cells by 70 percent.
Clinical studies typically use dosages of at least 160 milligrams daily. It’s best to take beta-sitosterol in supplement form on an empty stomach to improve its absorption. Results are typically seen within two or three weeks. Once you notice improvements, you can reduce the dosage if the beta-sitosterol produces adverse side effects.
Prostavol’s Prostate Support contains 300 milligrams of a plant sterol complex containing 40 percent beta-sitosterol. Additional research-based ingredients include saw palmetto, green tea leaf, and stinging nettle powder, along with vitamins E and B6 to promote a healthy prostate and reduce symptoms of BPH without side-effects.
For the best possible prostate health, engage in a healthy lifestyle that includes nutritious food and plenty of exercise, and supplement with Prostavol Prostate Support each day. After a few weeks, you should notice a marked improvement in symptoms, including your urination frequency, ease, flow, and residual volume.
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