The statistics on the infomercial are astounding, astonishing, and startling. According to the Prosvent data, 30 million men suffer from frequent urination that interrupts every aspect of life, including sex. At some point, 1/2 of all men will suffer from this problem, which results from an enlarged prostate. More than anything it can cause embarrassment and makes men feel less masculine, and out of control. (Discover how millions of American men are treating BPH naturally without any dangerous side effects).
In this edition, we look at the literature review to see how the studies about the ingredients in Prosvent have worked or failed for study participants.
The company, Prosvent LLC has a mystery surrounding its location. Is it in Reno? It had a post office box listed at one time and now is in Sherman Oaks, California. Wherever it is, it does have a Better Business Bureau listing. It has experienced 10 complaints, with 5 being 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 site even under its “Studies” link tab reveals no such studies. Doing a cursory search of the Prosvent Prostate and Prosvent within the National Library of Medicine turned up no studies.
It is a supplement, therefore, cannot be regulated by the FDA. Only pharmaceuticals or chemical concoctions are capable of being approved and medical devices are capable of being cleared for use. To pass through 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 made of natural ingredients, and FDA does not regulate supplements but you can still get a good view if its effectiveness by reading other Prosvent reviews. Still, some people claim it works and continue to buy the product fully one decade into its existence. As for me, it is inconclusive because there are no studies and yet it means it does not necessarily not work either. Let’s take a look at the ingredients, which are available on the Prosvent site. (Discover how millions of American men are treating BPH naturally without any dangerous side effects).
Ten Prosvent Ingredients
Prosvent does list out the ingredients, which include saw palmetto, black pepper and nettle root extracts, lycopene,selenium, Pygeum Africanum, vitamins E and D, pumpkin seed oil, and zinc.
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 carry Prosvent. Vitamin D3 is present in 100 international units, or IU while there is 5 mg of zinc, and 1 mg of black pepper extract. There is 355 mg of the proprietary blend, which is composed of the rest of the ingredients. Every soft gel cap dosage is 2 soft gels daily.
Whilst studies on the effectiveness of Prosvent on its own are non-existent, the ingredients that make up Prosvent have research as to their effectiveness. Together these may hint at the effectiveness of Prosvent.
Saw Palmetto (Serena repens)
Several studies indicate Serena serens improves prostate hyperplasia or enlarged prostate. Specifically, studies have shown that saw palmetto, therefore, 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, though.
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 also ineffective. They ran the study for 3 years and participants ingested 320 mg of saw palmetto daily.
Nettle Root Extract (Urtica dioica)
Nettle root has fewer results indicating that it does anything. In general, studies will usually pair the nettle extract with saw palmetto. It might be helpful to see studies that can prove that stinging nettle itself alone is effective in improving an enlarged prostate, but so far that has not happened. Except, of course, if the saw palmetto alone is ineffective and the studies pair nettle with saw palmetto, then the nettle must be the element that is in effect working.
Pygeum Africanum (Prunus africana)
Pygeum Africanum is not well studied, but thus far does seem to improve BPH symptoms. The tree bark appears to be where the active ingredients are found. Make sure if you do take a supplement that it contains the tree bark for maximum effectiveness. (Discover how millions of American men are treating BPH naturally without any dangerous side effects).
Lycopene is often used as a men’s supplement. Though, it is important to make a significant distinction between the supplement and foods containing lycopene. Lycopene supplements help BPH symptoms while eatng lycopene-rich foods helps with prostate cancer.
Black Pepper Extract (Piper nigrum)
This one black pepper extract goes by many names, which have all been searched thoroughly for study information. I looked for black pepper for prostate, BPH; piper nigrum prostate, and Piper nigrum BPH.
Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita pepo)
There were two studies in support of pumpkin seed oil to effect an enlarged prostate. In one study, there were 2,245 men and the other study 53 men. Both studies lasted 3 months. There was also one rat study proving that pumpkin seed oil improved prostate problems.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and may preserve Prosvent. Vitamin E is commonly added to supplements as a preservative. In addition, 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 and see if there are further studies that are more conclusive.
Vitamin D and Zinc
Some evidence does exist to link 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. In other words, you may be best off talking with your urologist about effective treatments rather than leaving it to chance and inconclusive studies, and up to vitamins.
Meanwhile, zinc is downright conflicting in study results over numerous studies. Some say that zinc has the potential to reduce prostate cancer and other say it increases its risk.
Prosvent does not contain a tremendous amount of zinc.
The selenium study combines it with saw palmetto, and lycopene. It showed that it helped BPH more than saw palmetto by itself. Because other studies found that saw palmetto was ineffective, or as effective as a placebo, it means that the other factors are effective. Furthermore, prostate problems are connected to low selenium levels. For a good source of selenium, eat fish and chicken. (Discover how millions of American men are treating BPH naturally without any dangerous side effects).
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 helps with prostate cancer.
What Does It Cost?
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 to go 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 2 weeks to 30 days to work.
What Are The Side Effects?
Remember that we had to look at the individual studies about the separate ingredients to know whether they were effective or not? The same holds true for understanding side effects. Three reports exist that link saw palmetto to pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas makes insulin, and may impact the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar if the pancreas becomes damaged. It’s best to weigh such risks before taking this.
The three cases of pancreatitis demonstrate that people who may have already had pre-existing organ issues may have issues with processing saw palmetto. In 2006 a 55-year-old man and recovering alcoholic developed pancreatitis. In 2010, another 65-year-old diabetic also developed this problem. The third case was in a 61-year-old man.
Saw palmetto thins the blood. Be aware and get your doctor’s permission if you are already taking blood thinners.
Does Prosvent Work?
It seems like the ingredients in Prosvent may be effective as a whole, which makes sense based upon the individual studies we reviewed in this review of the product’s ingredients. While saw palmetto would be the one ingredient most would guess is the most notable and most effective, it is perhaps the least effective. In addition, it has been present in three big cases of pancreatitis. Though one of the people already had diabetes and the other had a history of heavy drinking. The best way to tell if Prosvent is effective is to take it. Dr. May said it himself that Prosvent should start showing improvement within 30 days, it may be worth a trial period. Just be sure to cancel if you do not see results, or else be subscribed to pay the full price thereafter. (Discover how millions of American men are treating BPH naturally without any dangerous side effects).