You can have a trouble free prostate. And if you have issues with your prostate, do something about it. Did you know that by the age of 80, 9 out of 10 men will suffer from symptoms of incontinence, disrupted sleep, impotence, and even death? Not so promising – ED Risk Factors.
The culprit is your prostate. And Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate is the number one medical diagnosis for men over 55 in America. 80% of American men will experience some problems associated with their prostates.
Though the symptoms seem inevitable, you can choose not to have these problems. But you’ll need to first understand that there is a flaw in mainstream medical thinking regarding prostate trouble.
Contrary to popular belief, BPH is not caused by natural testosterone. Rather, it’s caused by unnatural pollutants in our environment that overwhelm normal testosterone metabolism.
These pollutants are growth stimulating hormones like DHT and estradiol. They signal the prostate to grow. Because the mainstream belief in cause is wrong, the common treatments are flawed as well. Current solutions are surgery, radiation, and drugs. But none of these address the underlying cause and they can produce terrible side effects.
You can have a trouble free prostate without drugs or surgery. Please see My Prostate Cancer Diagnosis at 54 for some insight on the real risk of not screening for this disease.
The Real Cause of Prostate Problems
So how did we discover the real cause of modern prostate problems? Studies from about 15 years ago showed men with both BPH and prostate disease actually had low levels of testosterone.
In addition, tests on men of certain races living in undeveloped countries, showed increased incidence of prostate problems compared to men of the same race living in the US or other developed countries.
In another study, men with a deficiency of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, had extremely low rates of prostate disease. This enzyme is responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
DHT is much more powerful than testosterone at causing prostate growth. It has the effect of binding with receptors in prostate tissue causing growth. While levels of testosterone decline as we get older, DHT increases, truly impacting a trouble free prostate.
Measure Your DHT
Your doctor can measure DHT from your blood. And if yours is in the upper half of normal, take action to lower it. Since “normal” represents the middle 95% of the male population and 80% of American men will eventually develop an enlarged prostate, normal is not optimal.
You can also check your testosterone level at home with a kit. A kit such as Everly measures average testosterone levels from saliva samples.
So what are the benefits of testing your hormones? Well, you can then see if you actually have low or high testosterone and get to know your personal reference levels.
Keep in mind, high testosterone has not been shown to cause prostate cancer, but it can make existing prostate cancer cells grow.
Lower DHT Naturally For a Trouble Free Prostate
Doctors often prescribe Proscar, a prescription drug that inhibits DHT production. But it’s not without side effects – for example, impotence, man boobs, and decreased sex drive. Natural alternatives have been shown to work just as well but without side effects.
Natural Plant Derivatives for Prostate
Plant products typically used in medicines from other parts of the world besides the US, inhibit the actions of DHT. Saw palmetto has been shown in studies to be equally effective as Proscar, improving symptoms of urinary flow and urinary tract discomfort. It may be that saw palmetto competes with DHT for certain receptors, effectively crowding out the ability of DHT to bind within the prostate. It can also block estrogen receptors – See Estrogen’s Role In BPH.
Proscar has only been shown to keep DHT levels low, not to reduce the binding of DHT.
Stinging nettle root, saw palmetto, pumpkin seed extract, and Pygeum bark, all contain an active ingredient proven to block DHT. It’s called beta-sitosterol.
Other studies have shown that bee pollen can reduce DHT as well. Bee pollen may relax the muscles lining your urinary tract, improving urination. It’s probably the newest form of natural help and shows great promise.
Additionally, the mineral boron can keep your prostate healthy. Modern farming has effectively depleted boron from the soil and from the food we eat that’s grown in the soil. Studies have shown boron can safeguard your prostate from substances that can enlarge it.
How To Keep a Trouble Free Prostate
To keep your prostate gland healthy-sized and with normal function and trouble free, here’s an action plan with recommended prostate nutrients to head off prostate problems or reduce current symptoms. Read more in Better Body After 50.
* Bee Pollen – 1000mg, 2 times per day
* Boron – 3 to 6mg, once per day
* Saw Palmetto – 160mg, 2 times per day.
* Stinging Nettle Root – 300mg, once a day (make sure this is nettle “root” not nettle “leaf” as they have different effects)
* Pumpkin Seed Extract – 200mg, 2 times per day
* Pygeum Africanum – 25mg, once per day
Estrogen’s Role in BPH
So natural alternatives such as Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, and Nettle are available to relieve symptoms of BPH. But why are DHT levels rising so rapidly in developed countries while testosterone is dropping? And how does this impact a trouble free prostate?
The answer is estrogen. Or more specifically, xenoestrogens (manmade substances that act like estrogen). Modern industry produces these by the millions of tons. It appears that hormonal abnormalities started to show up in our population not long after industries began dumping these chemicals into the environment.
Every day estrogen makes its way into your body. Sometimes it’s food. For example, animals are injected with estrogen to fatten them up. You’re likely getting some of this estrogen when you eat these animals.
Sometimes it’s personal care products. For example, shampoo, antiperspirant, and perfume can all contain estrogen-like substances. These are absorbed through your skin.
Other times it may be chemicals that mimic estrogen. Once absorbed or ingested, these estrogen-like chemicals can bind with hormone receptors in your body and deliver messages to cells that produce negative results for men.
Many studies have shown prostate disease is linked to an imbalance in the estrogen to free testosterone ratio.
How To Reduce Estrogen
First, have your estrogen measured – Have a test taken to measure total estrogen in your blood. This is needed to measure the critical ratio of estrogen to testosterone. A ratio of 8 parts testosterone to 1 part estrogen is needed for maximum “manpower”. In athletes, it should be 10 to 1. Total estrogen should be less than 100. After determining your estrogen, here’s how to eliminate the problem.
1. Reduce or cut out alcohol
2. Eat hormone-free and free range meat
3. Cut the fat off your meat before cooking since the fat is where chemicals and hormones collect
4. Drink purified water to eliminate the pesticides that can be found in public water supplies
5. Wash vegetables and fruits before eating them
6. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates like pasta and bread. These can spike your insulin leading to fat storage and excess estrogen
7. Eat more estrogen inhibiting foods like high fiber vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower
8. Take 2 natural supplements known to reduce estrogen – DIM (diindolylmethane) and I3C (indole-3-carbinol)
DIM & I3C Reduce Estrogen
DIM is a naturally occurring plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables. It’s know to break down estrogen into less damaging compounds.
I3C is the precursor to DIM. It’s also found in cruciferous vegetables. I3C blocks receptor cells that estrogen has an affinity for.
DIM and I3C in combination are very effective and have been used in the bodybuilding community for some time to counteract the increase in estrogen due to artificially boosting testosterone.
Dosage: Take 200 – 400mg of DIM and 200mg of I3C once per day
Cycling: As with any supplement, you should “cycle” its usage to keep it effective and to avoid altering your bodies natural mechanisms. Take these supplements 5 days then stop for 2 days. Continue this for 3 months, then take a complete month off.
Eat Your Cruciferous Vegetables
With the right supplements you can metabolize estrogen naturally and restore your testosterone to estrogen ratio. DIM is a naturally occurring plant compound found in broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and cabbage. It breaks down estrogen into safer compounds making it less damaging. (One study actually showed DIM slowed prostate cancer cell growth by 70%.)
I3C is also found in cruciferous vegetables. It’s the precursor to DIM. I3C protects cells from cancer and mutation. It interferes with receptors for estradiols, effectively taking away estrogen’s effects. Though DIM is recommended over I3C, the two in combination are very effective.
Note: Bodybuilders who artificially raise their testosterone levels know that the body’s ability to process extra testosterone will be overloaded. The result is excess estrogen and the feminizing effects that come with it – such as enlarged breasts. They’ve used these supplements for years to offset the estrogen increasing effects that boosting testosterone causes.
Final Note on Prostate Health
Please don’t think prostate problems are something you’re going to avoid. The odds are stacked against you. And almost without exception, every man needs some type of prostate health plan to maintain a trouble free prostate. Learn more about optimizing your hormones at Your Best Body In Your 50s. Read about 7 ED risk factors and a natural cure.
Don’t put off something that will affect your future and your quality of life. Start today.