Prostate, Enlarged

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a swelling of the prostate gland that results in urethral obstruction impeding urination.  The prostate is a walnut-sized, doughnut-shaped gland that lies below the bladder and surrounds the male urethra.  It secretes a milky, alkaline fluid that increases sperm motility and lubricates the urethra to prevent infection.  Enlargement of the prostate is common, especially after middle age.  Symptoms of BPH include:  frequent need to urinate, reduced force and speed of urination, difficulty urinating (starting, burning), urinate more than twice during the night, unable to empty bladder completely, back pains associated with urinary difficulties, lost or diminished sex drive, and/or discomfort or dull aching in the perineal area (between scrotum and anus).  WarningIf you have any of the above symptoms, get a medical diagnosis.  Prostate cancer, the second leading cause of death in men, has similar symptoms.

BPH affects over 50% of men during their lifetime.  Its frequency increases with age, from under 10% at age 30 to over 90% in men over 85 years of age.  If left untreated, BPH will eventually result in complete retention of urine and kidney damage.  Fortunately, nutritional methods are successful at reversing this condition, which is caused by a lack of specific nutrients that the prostate gland requires for its health and optimal functioning.

The prostate gland has the highest concentration of zinc of any organ or tissue in the body.  It also has very high requirements for three amino acids:  glycine, alanine and glutamic acid.

Note:  Only part of the cause of BPH is nutritional; the other is muscular.  The prostate muscles need to be exercised, and this can be done by applying gentle finger pressure to the perineum (point midway between scrotum and anus).  Hold for two seconds, relax, then repeat five or six times more.  Do this twice daily.

See also the chapter, “Prostate Enlargement”, in NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR 88 CONDITIONS:

Example of prostate support formula




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