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Top Supplements for Men's Health*

Every man, regardless of age, should be aware of the importance of a well-functioning prostate and how to help keep it that way. Unfortunately, many men wait until symptoms appear before they take steps to attend to their prostate health. The supplements listed here are the more important natural substances men can take to not only support a healthy prostate, but also to help prevent and manage conditions that can affect it, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, and prostate cancer. Here is our list of the top supplements for prostate and general men’s health.


1. Beta-sitosterol

 

Beta-sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol is a cholesterol-like substance derived from plants (phytosterol) that does not act like cholesterol. Instead, it acts like the prescription drug finasteride (Proscar), which inhibits the activity of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase and is used to manage symptoms associated with BPH, such as urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and flow problems. Some men, however, take beta-sitosterol for to reduce symptoms of prostatitis. Beta-sitosterol has also demonstrated some limited benefit in prostate cancer by inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer cells. (Jourdain 2006) A typical dose of beta-sitosterol is 60 to 135 mg daily, and it usually takes about four weeks before symptoms improve. Potential side effects include diarrhea, gas, and nausea. Read more on Beta-sitosterol

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See also

Top Supplements for BPH

Top Supplements for Prostatitis

Top Supplements for Prostate Cancer

Top Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction

Top Supplements for ED and Sexual Health

Supplements to Avoid

*Medical Disclaimer

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Reference

Jourdain C et al. In-vitro effects of polyphenols from cocoa and beta-sitosterol on the growth of human prostate cancer and normal cells. Eur J Cancer Prev 2006 Aug; 15(4): 353-61

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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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