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Top Supplements for BPH (Enlarged Prostate)

Men who want to consider natural supplements to help relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may be uncertain about which ones are the best to choose. Our medical and scientific board have reviewed the top supplements that provide the most convincing evidence of effectiveness for prostate health benefits based on medical research and successful clinical trials.


Beta-Sitosterol*

 

Beta-Sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol has shown a number of health benefits for men with BPH looking to restore their prostate health. Beta-sitosterol is a plant-derived, cholesterol-like substance (a phytosterol) found in plants such as saw palmetto, soybeans, and pumpkin seeds, that does not act like cholesterol. In a study of 200 men with BPH who took either beta-sitosterol or placebo for six months, those in the treatment group had “significant improvements” in their BPH symptoms. (Berges 1995) A review of four studies of BPH and beta-sitosterol that included 519 men found that beta-sitosterol improved urinary symptom scores and urinary flow rates while also reducing the volume of residual urine. (Wilt 1999) No standard dose of beta-sitosterol has been established, but 60 to 135 mg daily is typically used to treat BPH symptoms. Read more on beta-sitosterol for BPH

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References

Berges RR et al. Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of  beta-sitosterol in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Lancet 1995; 345(8964): 1529-32.

Wilt TJ et al. A beta-sitosterol for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia: systematic review. BJU Int 1999 Jun; 83(9): 976-83

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About Dr. Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, CNS, RH (AHG)

Dr. Geo is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Chief Science Officer at Prostate Research Labs. Before joining NYU, Dr. Geo was a clinician, researcher and director of clinical trials at the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Registered Herbalist. Dr. Geo is an author of the naturopathic entry in 1000 Cures for 200 ailments, by Harper Collins; March 2007 and “Prostate Cancer – Nutrients that may slow its progression,” Food and Nutrients in Disease Management – Maryland: Cadmus Publishing, 2009. He also serves on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal.
 
Dr Geo is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools and conferences on Integrative Health, nutrition and natural treatments for prostate disease. More on Dr. Geo

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