Monday, January 4, 2016

Sunburst Saw Palmetto: Effectively Reduces Severity of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

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They say life begins at 40, and I have to say it's true since life becomes a little more complicated. The signs showing you're at your ripe age of 40 are very evident regardless if you've been really careful in maintaining your physical appearance. There will be signs like permanent loss of hair, or baldness, that aging men would experience. Sadly. there are a few more health problems to worry about such as enlargement of the prostate.

The prostate is a small organ about the size of a walnut, found only in men. It is located under the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum in the pelvic cavity. It produces some of the fluid in semen and is crucial to a man’s sex life. The fluid helps to nourish and protect the sperm during intercourse and forms the main bulk of ejaculate volume. The muscular fibres in the prostate plays a part in controlling urine flow by contracting to slow the flow of urine.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common prostate problem for men over 40. It is the enlargement of the prostate that cannot be cured as it is a natural part of aging in men. Although the prostate gland grows during much of a man’s life, urinary flow problems usually appear only after the age of 40 as a consequence of the final growth phase. Hormonal changes that take place as men age are responsible for BPH or enlargement of the prostate.

Most men who reach the age of 40, start to experience hormonal changes and this causes the start of the symptoms of enlargement of the prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Although BPH is not life threatening, it causes much discomfort and could lead to worse diseases like kidney and prostate cancer.

Sunburst Saw Palmetto
A number of conventional drugs are used in the treatment of BPH symptoms, most notable finasteride. Surgery is also an option. Drugs, surgery, and radiation treatments have a wide range of damaging side effects, including incontinence and impotence.

The use phytopharmaceuticals or herbal derived products like Sunburst Saw Palmetto can also be used to reduce the severity of the symptoms of BPH. The symptoms of BPH could be lessened. with the use of the product. Recommended daily dosage is 160 mg. twice a day after meal.

According to studies, Saw Palmetto is equally effective as the conventional drug in relieving symptoms of BPH while producing fewer side effects such as the decreased libido and impotence. It is also priced lower. Most men achieve some relief of symptoms within the first 30 days while others notice effects after 1 1/2 months. 

“This is an advantage over most currently available drugs which may take as long as 6-12 months” according to Dr. Johan Brackman of The Dept. of Urology. University of Brussels in Belgium.

Saw Palmetto plant
Grown in areas of southern Europe, Africa, and in coastal regions of the American southeast, the Saw Palmetto is a fruit used for medicinal purposes after being dried. Plant sterols and fatty acids are two of the compounds found in the plant.

Dr. J.B. Read of Savannah, Georgia introduced it to the medical profession. He published a paper on his clinical experience with the plant in the April, 1879 issue of the American Journal of Pharmacy.

The severity of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) can be reduced from mild to moderate cases making it better than finasteride, the most commonly prescribed medication for BPH in the U.S.

Why? Finasteride is a specific 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. While Saw Palmetto is not nearly as strong as 5-alpha-reductase-inhibitor as finasteride, in mild to moderate BPH this seems to be typical of herbal medicines.

Saw Palmetto appears to reduce prostate inflammation and swelling through at least 10 different ways.

  1. inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase
  2. inhibition of DHT binding to androgen receptors
  3. slowing of nuclear and cystol androgen receptors
  4. inhibition of 17-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase
  5. anti estrogenic activity
  6. reduction of growth-factor-induced prostatic growth
  7. reduction of prolactin-induced prostatic growth
  8. general anti-inflammatory activity
  9. spasmolytic effect on smooth muscle
  10. general reduction of edema

It can also be used to fight male pattern baldness, polycystic ovary disease and deep cystic acne.

Imported from the US, the Sunburst Saw Palmetto product has a standard retail price of 20 pesos per capsule, and is available at all Mercury Drug, Watson's and South Star Drugstores.

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