Statistics on the Prosvent infomercial are, to be honest … astounding, astonishing, and startling.
Are Prosvent’s claims true or is this just another clever advertising campaign?
You can find out, by reading this post which will look at a selection of Prosvent reviews …
According to the Prosvent data, 30 million men suffer from frequent urination that interrupts every aspect of life, including sex.
This can result in:
- always feeling tired and irritable
- feelings of self consciousness and embarrassment
- poorer performance at work
- extreme frustration
At some point, 1/2 of all men will suffer from these challenging problems, that result from an unhealthy prostate.
We’ll take a look at the literature to find out if Prosvent really can help.
Reviewing Prosvent The Company
There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the company Prosvent LLC, especially surrounding their location.
Is it in Reno?
It had a post office box listed at one time but now its in Sherman Oaks, California!
Wherever it is, it does have a Better Business Bureau listing.
It has recieved 10 complaints, 5 for product problems and 4 from billing or collections.
Only one was out of the company’s control — package delivery. Yet, there are no reviews on the Better Business Bureau site.
Turning to the Amazon reviews, it turns out it has a solid 80 reviews, with the average being 4 out of 5 stars.
No Studies Found
It is surprising then that no one, not even Prosvent itself, supplies any actual studies proving its effectiveness.
Yet, scouring the Prosvent website even under its “Studies” link tab reveals no such studies.
Doing a cursory search of Prosvent within the National Library of Medicine turned up no studies.
Its a supplement, therefore, cannot be regulated by the FDA. Only pharmaceuticals or chemical concoctions are capable of being approved.
To pass FDA regulatory the product must have three clinical studies that prove the effectiveness of the product. From there, the FDA regulates what claims to effectiveness can be made.
Prosvent is not kept to those standards because it is a supplement that’s made of natural ingredients and the FDA does not regulate supplements.
You can still get a good view of Prosvent’s effectiveness by reading other Prosvent reviews.
Still, some people claim it works and continue to buy the product years after it was first brought into market.
As for me, it’s inconclusive because there are no official studies but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it doesn’t work!
Ten Prosvent Ingredients
Prosvent does list out it’s ingredients, which include:
- saw palmetto
- black pepper
- nettle root extracts
- pygeum africanum
- vitamins E and D
- pumpkin seed oil
While the website does not include the breakdown of ingredients by amount, the bottle does.
The bottle and its ingredients are available on sites that sell Prosvent.
Whilst studies on the effectiveness of Prosvent are non-existent, the ingredients that make up Prosvent have been researched to test their effectiveness.
This may give us some idea at the effectiveness of Prosvent.
Saw Palmetto (Serena repens)
Several studies have indicated that Serena serens improves prostate hyperplasia or an enlarged prostate.
Studies have shown that saw palmetto reduces the frequency of urination, reduces hesitant urination, and stops the ineffective urge to urinate.
Saw palmetto has not been proven to reduce PSA levels.
A 2011 study published in JAMA compared a placebo against saw palmetto, with participants experiencing the same results whether they were taking the sugar pill, placebo, or saw palmetto.
A 2006 study echoed the results, finding that saw palmetto was altogether ineffective. They ran the study for 3 years and participants ingested 320 mg of saw palmetto daily.
Nettle Root Extract (Urtica dioica)
There aren’t any results that prove any positive effect of taking nettle root extract. In general, studies will usually pair nettle extract with saw palmetto.
It might be helpful to see studies that can prove that the stinging nettle itself is effective in reducing an enlarged prostate, but so far that has not happened.
Pygeum Africanum (Prunus africana)
Pygeum Africanum is not well studied, but does seem to improve BPH symptoms. The tree bark appears to be where the active ingredients are found.
If you do take a supplement, make sure it contains the tree bark for maximum effectiveness.
Lycopene is often used as a supplement for men.
Its important to make a significant distinction between the supplement and foods containing lycopene. Lycopene supplements help BPH symptoms while eatng lycopene-rich foods can help with prostate cancer.
Black Pepper Extract (Piper nigrum)
Black pepper extract goes by many names, all of which have been tested thoroughly.
Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita pepo)
I found two studies in support of pumpkin seed oil to reduce an enlarged prostate. In one study, there were 2,245 men and the other study contained 53.
Both studies lasted 3 months. There was also one rat study proving that pumpkin seed oil did improve prostate health.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and may be used as a preservative for Prosvent. Vitamin E is typically added to supplements to act as a preservative.
There was one study that connected Vitamin E shortages to BPH.
While this does not necessarily link BPH to low vitamin E levels, it may pay to wait for further studies that are more conclusive.
Vitamin D and Zinc
Some evidence does exist to link the lack of sun exposure to prostate cancer.
Then again, there are studies that contradict, and say that there is nothing in Vitamin D that is connected to prostate growth.
Yet Vitamin D is a vital nutrient, it may have little to do with the prostate.
You may be better off talking with your urologist about effective treatments rather than leaving it to chance with inconclusive studies and vitamins.
Zinc has conflicting study results. Some say it has the potential to reduce prostate cancer whilst others say it actually increases risk.
Prosvent does not contain a tremendous amount of zinc.
The study involving selenium combines it with saw palmetto and lycopene.
It showed that it helped BPH more than saw palmetto by itself. Other studies found that saw palmetto was ineffective, or as effective as a placebo. Prostate problems have also been connected to low selenium levels.
For a good source of selenium, consume fish and chicken.
Does Prosvent Improve Prostate Cancer?
Prosvent is marketed to solely manage symptoms of an enlarged prostate. There is nothing in the studies or in the product literature that suggests that it can help with prostate cancer.
What Does It Cost?
At the time of writing, Prosvent costs $34.95 along with $9.95 in shipping and handling. You may try the product free for 30 days. The only caveat is that you have to pay the $9.95 shipping fee.
If you choose the $9.95 route the first month you will be subscribed to receive the 30-day trial and automatically billed $39.95 monthly thereafter. You will have to cancel if you do not want it.
When Does It Start Working?
Dr. May reports in the infomercial that it may take from 2 weeks up to 30 days to work.
What Are The Side Effects?
Three reports exist that link saw palmetto to pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas.
The pancreas makes insulin and may impact the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar if the pancreas becomes damaged. I
The three cases of pancreatitis demonstrate that people may already have had pre-existing organ issues beforehand.
In 2006 a 55-year-old man (a recovering alcoholic) developed pancreatitis.
In 2010, another 65-year-old diabetic also developed this problem. The third case was concerning a 61-year-old man.
Saw palmetto can thin the blood. Make sure you get your doctor’s permission if you’re already taking blood thinners.
Does Prosvent Work?
The ingredients in Prosvent may be effective as a whole, which makes sense based upon the individual studies we reviewed beforehand.
Saw Palmetto has been present in all three cases of pancreatitis. Although one of the three already had diabetes and the other had a history of heavy drinking.
The best way to tell if Prosvent is effective is to actually try it. Dr. May said it himself that Prosvent should start showing improvement within 30 days, so it maybe worth testing it for that time.
If you do not see results make sure you’re not enrolled into their monthly subscription package.