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by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

It amazes me how many men I meet don’t know much about their prostate. It seems that the only men who do are those who have a problem with it. Iwould also guess that themajority of people don’t knowhowto spell it either (most spell it “prostrate”, which is a position to be in – not the gland found in men.) Then let’s say that you are good at spelling and know what it does, many don’t know where it is located. Don’t be upset or embarrassed if you fall into any of these groups–you are in the minority if you know the info above.

Prostate 101

The prostate gland is a small, walnut-shaped organ that lies just below aman's bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine fromthe bladder out of the body through the penis. The prostate gland produces most of the fluid in semen. There are three basic conditions that can occur with regard to prostate health: BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), prostatitis and prostate cancer. Let’s take a quick look at each condition.


BPH is also known as an enlarged prostate. If the prostate gland grows too much, it can block or compress the urethra and make it difficult to urinate. This enlargement can trigger symptoms such as:

• Frequent urination
• Difficulty getting a urine stream started
• Feeling of incomplete urination

As we age, the incidence of BPH increases:

• 31-40yrs 1 in 12
• 51-60yrs 1 in 2
• Over 80yrs over 80 percent

Currently, there is no known link between having BPH and developing prostate cancer.


Prostatitis is defined as an inflammation of the prostate. This inflammation is often caused by bacteria, and is hardly ever considered a serious infection. It typically occurs in young to middle aged men, and only about 10 percent of men will experience prostatitis in their lifetime. Many men confuse this condition with BPH due to some overlap in the symptoms, which include:

• Fever
• Pelvic pain
• Cloudy urine
• Pain while urinating or ejaculating

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, but usually goes unnoticed because it often has no symptoms. Currently it is estimated that one out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Just like BPH, thechance of developing prostate cancer increases with age. Race and heredity also play a role in your risk for developing prostate cancer: African Americans are more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasians, and having a family history of prostate cancer increases your chances of
developing it.

How do I address my prostate health?

This is a great question. Whether you already have a prostate problem or are trying to prevent one, I believe the approach should be the same: address the root cause(s) and the body will fix itself. The three main “causes” of prostate health problems are:

• Hormone imbalances
• Free radical damage
• Inflammation

Start with diet

Dietary changes can have a huge impact on your overall prostate health. I recommend the following:

• Decrease the consumption of red meat
• Increase the amount of fish you eat
• Eat less animal fat (buy leaner cuts if you decide to eat meat)
• Increase your consumption of cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts
• Eat more tomatoes
• Eat more fermented soy (not soy milk)

In combination with these adjustments to your
eating habits, add supplements to promote
hormonal balance, fight free radicals and reduce

Hormonal support

Probably the most popular supplement for prostate health is saw palmetto. There is a ton of research on this amazing herb, proving its effectiveness at helping reduce the symptoms of BPH. One of the main benefits of saw palmetto is that it inhibits the formation of DHT, a powerful hormone linked to stimulating the growth of prostate cells. Saw palmetto also blocks DHT from binding to prostate cells, and relaxes themuscles of the prostate and bladder. This relaxation effect helps improve urine flow. Research shows us that men should use 320mg of saw palmetto extract daily to achieve the desired results. Combining this fantastic herb with other supplements like pumpkin seed oil and stinging nettle root can help improve your results.

Beta-sitosterol is another outstanding supplement for prostate health support. It has shown to improve urinary flow and suppress some of the symptoms associated with BPH. Taking between 60mg and 130mg per day will often do the trick in three to six months for most men. Rye pollen extract is an additional supplement that is often overlooked. It not only has properties that help with BPH, but can also be helpful for those with prostatitis or cancer concerns. Don’t confuse this ingredient with bee pollen. Rye pollen is harvested from the plant itself and then washed thoroughly to remove the hard exterior of the pollen molecule. This then releases the inner nutrients to be utilized by the body. You will usually find rye pollen used in combination with other ingredients. Antioxidant support

Free radical damage is linked to most of the major health challenges we face. Free radicals come from the environment (air, water, foods) and are manufactured by the body as a part of normal metabolism. Unless we take active steps to neutralize free radicals, we increase our chances of developing a number of conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, and prostate health issues. Here is a list of the more popular antioxidant supplements that support prostate health:

• Lycopene
• Green Tea
• Quercetin
• Zinc
• Vitamin E
• Selenium
• CoQ10
• Vitamin C

Even if you don’t suffer from prostate health issues, once you are a male over the age of 40, you should use an antioxidant that contains at least a few of these key nutrients. I use Antioxidant Cocktail II (Vitamin Shoppe Brand) and just recently realized that I had myself covered (I am 44).

Inflammation support

If inflammation is your issue (inflammation is an underlying cause of all three major prostate conditions) then it is a good idea to look for a supplement that fights inflammation. Some of the nutrients already mentioned may help with this situation either directly or indirectly. If you feel like you need to go a step further, and then look at supplements that contain any one or a combination of these nutrients:

• Nettle
• Willow
• Ginger
• Turmeric
• Boswellia
• Bromelain
• Green Tea
• Flower Pollen Extract
• EPA (an omega-3 fatty acid)

Lastly, if you are on a limited budget or would just like to simplify things, do what I recently started doing and use Prostate 5LX by New Chapter. In my humble opinion, this is the closest you can come to a “catch all” supplement for prostate health concerns. It takes a multifaceted approach to prostate health by hitting all three areas of concern: Hormonal, Antioxidant and Inflammation.

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