An enlarged prostate is a condition that affects many men from the ages of 45 and over.
The swelling of the prostate gland can cause a lot of discomfort and frustration when urinating.
- Weak stream
- Difficulty starting and stopping urinating
- Dribbling after urination
Medications such as Alpha Blockers can help to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate but they do come with potential side-effects.
Dealing with urinary issues due to an enlarged prostate is more than enough to deal with without adding further complications on top.
It’s understandable why many men look for natural treatments to reduce prostate swelling.
There are many herbal remedies that can help that don’t require a medical prescription.
Because these herbal remedies are natural they cannot be regulated by the FDA or other governing bodies.
This can cause many people to avoid natural treatments.
It would make sense to take medications that are based on natural substances over those that are chemical based and made in the Lab.
The WebMD Archives highlight their concerns on herbal remedies:
However, researchers and doctors are cautious about advising patients to try herbal supplements. Because they are not FDA-regulated, there are concerns about a product’s quality from batch to batch, according to the NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements. Also, the safety of an herbal product depends on many things — the chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dosage.
Something else to consider: Like any drug, a herbal remedy can affect how other medications or treatments work, or interact dangerously with your other medications. They can also have side effects. And, the AUA points out, they have not been well-studied for effectiveness or safety.
Before trying any alternative treatment, learn as much as you can about it, the AUA says. Most importantly — talk to your doctor before you try an herbal remedy. Many doctors consider alternative therapies like saw palmetto to “have no effect on symptoms, except as expensive placebos,” Slawin tells WebMD.
Its always best to run your intentions past your Doctor but the fact that natural medicines are not FDA regulated doesn’t necessarily condemn them as unsafe.
More research is being conducted into the effects of a plant based diet in the fight against prostate disease.
Plant based nutrition seems to provide many positive benefits without any adverse affects.
Animal protein on the other hand is being linked to the most common killer diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Dairy, especially milk is being linked to increasing the likelihood of cancer in the glands such as the prostate and the breast.
Studies are further proving that going on a plant based diet can stop and even begin to reverse the effects of chronic disease in as little as 2 weeks!
Animal protein also puts an increased strain on the kidneys and can cause inflammation throughout the body.
Plant based protein on the other hand has no adverse effects on the kidneys and can actually reduce inflammation.
Flaxseed is also a great for prostate health and especially for reducing the risk of cancer.
The research data that’s showing the positive effects of plant based protein over animal protein is unfortunately not mainstream.
The research does exist on PubMed though, if you have access and know where to look.
Its pretty amazing to think that if no harmful substances are put into the body, the body can actually start to heal itself.