What are the best supplements to help prevent BPH/prostate cancer?
There are so many opinions out there on the web about which is the best supplement to help prevent BPH/prostate cancer. What are the key ingredients to look for? Thank you
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@cfbauer, you might be interested in this related discussion:
– Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer: Helpful or harmful?…..: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/fish-oil-and-prostate-cancer/
Also see these articles from Mayo Clinic:
– Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prostate-cancer/in-depth/prostate-cancer-prevention/art-20045641
– Enlarged prostate: Does diet play a role? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/expert-answers/enlarged-prostate-and-diet/faq-20322773
Wouldn't it be great if prevention for health conditions came in a pill? The best way to reduce your risk of cancer and enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), remains healthy living, a good diet and activity.
Thank you so much! I'll check out the articles and continue living a healthy life.
I have no prostate issues. Just trying to be proactive. Again, thank you.
Another friend with Prostate cancer (3+3 Gleason scale, PSA .5 low) is trying out a drug called Vitagenix which is supposed alleviate the swelling of the prostate enlargement. Has anyone in this group tried it? He hasn't told his doctors yet he is taking it and he is still in the wait and see what the next PSA test and exam shows……
My prostate is enlarged at 57 yrs old, its a size of a golf ball, don't know if that's good or bad, it is affecting my bladder, I do have issues urinating, painful, drip drip drip issues, not emptying bladder, goin 5, 6 times in an HR, what would b the best way to get prostate smaller, away from bladder, do,t want surgery, too many side effects, complications after surgery, I also was diagnosed with Herpes 2, was told that could b my urinateing issues..where to turn…
Almost all of these herbal supplements have tons of SAW PALMETTO as one of the ingredients. My urologist, says…" If believe they work, take them….surely no harm" Also stated there is no known scientific study that show large doses of Saw Palmetto actually reduce the prostrate swelling.
I have been using Ultra Prostate supplement from Life Extension for several years now and have also recommended it to numerous other friends who have found it to be highly effective for BPH. This is after having tried many others but none had the effect this product did. I highly recommend it. They will also ship it if you so desire.
Colleen has given the best advice in clean living, good diet and exercise. I am someone who has had BPH for about 8 years now and have been trying everything to avoid a “procedure.”
From my experience supplements have given me some improvement, not enough to discontinue Tamsulosin. I looked at the ingredients of Chuckiepoo’s Ultra Prostate supplement and it includes much of what I take such as Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle Root, and Pygeum Bark Extract. I eat pumpkin seeds for the zinc and a daily avocado for the beta sitosterol. My diet is mostly vegan but I will eat an egg and fish twice a week. At 70 y/o my exercise regimen is not much different than 40 years ago. Not sitting more than one hour at a time helps tremendously. Also, keeping good bowel habits is a plus.
It’s definitely a battle, but don’t give up, you’ll find what works for you, just stay positive and keep doing your research and follow all the good discussions you will find right here.
@dedehans, as with all supplements, I advice caution and research. It is best to inform the care team about the ingredients in any supplements that your friend is taking. They can inform your friend if the ingredients are helpful, harmless (but may not help) or if they actually interfere with the effectiveness of treatment, which some supplements do.
I had an acute urinary retention episode resulting in hydronephrosis. This was found during an ultrasound procedure suspecting stones. They saw what was happening, maybe for some time, since June this year. Before I went to the ultrasound, I was asked to drink a full liter of water and HOLD it in for an hour & a half- who does this normally?
I normally don't drink this much water in that time span and deliberately hold it. Because I have BPH, it makes it even more difficult to void, even with a 2nd void. They passed the ultrasound over, which is when they saw the kidney problem, asked me to urinate, which I did, seated. Returning to ultrasound, I had retained u. I was also extremely nervous.
I was told to go to urology emergency that same night. I was catheterized with an indwelling Foley urethral.
The word surgery was mentioned regarding a 99cc prostate, another was "urodynamics." Putting the catheter in caused me to scream while they were screaming back at me to "relax." Finally it went in, eliminating 500cc. I've had it since August 5, 2022. My next appointment at urology will be this October. I don't use a bag in the daytime. Only at night.
I understand the reason why a flow test and possible urodynamics to understand if there are any other failed mechanics of the bladder. Holding this quantity, or any quantity of liquid for this long can make it very difficult to pass and most men with BPH already know this. Next question is, can hydronephrosis be brought on suddenly? If I had not held in a liter of water, could I have avoided being catheterized? Do men with or without BPH without a catheter, normally drink a whole liter of water in 30 minutes and hold it for another hour or more, and not have any trouble?
It sounds like I may need a nephrologist.