Article extracted from USANA Magazine 2015.
DO YOU KNOW? Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) affects 8% of all men at the age of forty, 60% of men in their seventies, and 90% of men in their eighties.
As men advance to older age, many experience declining prostate health that significantly affects their lifestyle and well-being. One of the most common conditions threatening the prostate gland is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). The swelling of the prostate gland can lead to myriad symptoms such as increased urinary frequency, weak urinary stream, difficulty initiating urination, and increased cancer risk. In Malaysia, prostate cancer is ranked 6th among male cancer and expected to increase in the future. Very few prostate cancers occur in men under 50 years of age. The rate increases sharply with age and is highest in the oldest age group . The majority are Chinese (50.0%) followed by Malay (46.4%) and Indian (3.6%)2 . The low incidence rate could be related to limited public awareness, low health screening rate and low detection rate.
WHAT IS ENLARGED PROSTATE?
- Common issues in men age 50 and above
- The condition of compromised prostate health increases sharply with age
- A condition associated with ageing, genetic background, high fat diet and hormonal changes
- Prevention is better than cure
WHO IS AT RISK?
- Men with BMI (Body Mass Index) > 30
- High Fat Diet
A recent meta-analysis of eight studies finds that isoflavones consumption is associated with a reduction in risk of prostate cancer . Soy isoflavones exhibit potential properties in limiting the progression of prostate cancer. Supplementation of soy isoflavones appears to slow the rising serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) concentration associated with prostate tumor growth. Additionally, men who receive a high-phytoestrogen diet experience significant improvement in PSA concentrations compared to men who receive a low-phytoestrogen diet.
Extensive research supports saw palmetto’s benefits for prostate health. An analysis involving 2,939 men with symptomatic benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) shows that those taking saw palmetto extract reported greater improvement of urinary tract symptoms and urinary flow measures, there was also a decrease in episodes of nocturia (nighttime urination) and an improvement in peak urinary flow . Besides, saw palmetto exerts anti-inflammatory effects that also may have complementary effects on prostate health. Consumption of saw palmetto has resulted in improved quality of life, maximum urinary flow, decrease in prostate size and symptoms among men with prostate problem.
Lycopene is a carotenoid, a natural pigment made by plants and various fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, apricots, guavas, and watermelon. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that populations with high intake of dietary lycopene have lower risks of prostate cancer. Lycopene improves inflammation, prevents oxidative DNA damage, inhibits tumour growth as well as induces apoptosis (cell death). A substantial part of the lycopene effects can be explained by its antioxidant action. Men with the highest levels of serum lycopene have shown to be at 45% lower risk of cancer than those with the lowest levels of lycopene. Higher lycopene intake is inversely associated with total prostate cancer risk and higher lycopene intake results in significant reduction in serum PSA levels.
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It contains the above mentioned nutrients for men’s health:
- Saw Palmetto
- Soy Isoflavone
USANA Palmetto Plus™
- May improve urinary flow
- Supports urinary tract health
- Help to lower risk of prostate cancer
- Helps to reduce Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
- Improve PSA concentration
- Improve inflammation
- Helps reduce oxidative DNA damage
- Improve quality of life
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*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.