Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on Prostate Supplements:
Q: Why is a prostate supplement so important?
As you age, your prostate begins to swell, and this swelling can wreak havoc on your life. Being unable to fully empty your bladder, constantly having to go to the restroom, and being unable to sleep through the night are just some of the issues that a swollen prostate can create. An effective prostate supplement can help prevent and reduce prostate swelling, enabling you to live a life free of interruption and embarrassment.
Q: Are all prostate supplements the same?
No. There are huge differences in quality as the laboratory testing revealed. All the companies talk a good game in their advertising, but very few are actually intelligently formulated, and even fewer have the right amount of the key ingredients to really help you. That’s why so many men have tried prostate supplements that don’t work. The industry is filled with swindlers and fast-buck artists. But with our lab report results you now know who the good guys are.
Q: What about Saw Palmetto? Does it work?
If you saw the TV interview I did with Larry King he says “he has been hearing about how great saw palmetto is for 40 years.” And it never worked for him. Larry is not alone – it doesn’t work for anyone. Saw palmetto does not work. Again – let me say it – it does not work. It’s all hype. All those saw palmetto pills at your drugstore are a joke. Don’t waste your money. In a nutshell there is very little active ingredients in saw palmetto. The clinical studies always referenced by companies selling saw palmetto are very misleading.
Q: How Do I Take Them?
Simply take them with food, like you would any vitamin or supplement. Recommended dosages vary from company to company, so read the labels to find out how many to take per day. Some products will have you taking as many as 6 pills spaced throughout the day, making treating BPH as inconvenient as having it! If you have a powerful product, then 2 or 3 capsules once a day should be more than enough to get the job done. No need to have to take pills all throughout the day.
Q: How long does it take to work?
Everyone reacts differently, but with a quality prostate supplement you should start feeling the effects anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. The great news is that the longer you take them the more you benefit. Prostate health is so important you should think of your prostate supplement the same way you think of your daily vitamin. Take them forever. And if you are not taking a daily vitamin … go get some and take them every day – get Solgar or Young Again, or GNC brand – all three are excellent brands.
Q: Are there any side effects to prostate supplements?
At present, there are no known side effects to any of the top 20 products I recommend. However, since every product is different, I recommend you read each label to see for yourself what's in it, and do your research to find out if there's anything unsavory inside. Also, as with any change to your diet or exercise routine, I recommend talking to your doctor before using any supplements.
Q: How much should I expect to pay?
The cost of products varies, but price alone is not enough to determine value. Some supplements retail for as little as $20, but these usually have miniscule amounts of extracts, if they have any at all. Meanwhile, others can go as much as $60 for a one-month supply. As you will see from the lab results –a high price doesn’t always guarantee a great product. Some of the worst scores where for high-priced products. And cheap pills are always worthless as the lab reports revealed.
Q: Can I take a prostate supplement with my current medications?
The ingredients in most prostate supplements should be perfectly safe to use with most medications. However, certain antibiotics can diminish the effects of the supplement. Again, I urge you to discuss the matter with your doctor before you start taking any supplement. But prostate supplements have a long history of being incredibly safe. In fact, I have never heard or read of any man having any problems with prostate supplements and all the researchers and doctors I spoke to said they are 100% safe.
Q: What makes Beta-Sitosterol so special?
The clinical studies on Beta-sitosterol blow all the other compounds out of the water. There are some other excellent ingredients - Pomegranate, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin D, Quercetin, and Zinc and Selenium as leading examples – but Beta-sitosterol is king of the hill.
Here are just a few of the findings of published clinical trials on real men – not rats – like many studies – and these studies are double-blind, peer-reviewed and published. This is the gold standard of clinical studies.
Two different studies published in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet showed in two separate double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies of over 200 men that took either a placebo (a sugar pill) or 160mg of Beta-sitosterol. The men who took Beta-sitosterol saw their swollen prostate symptoms decrease by nearly 50%. Their urine flow increased by 35%. And their voiding time plummeted 32%. These are major, major improvements in urine flow. There have been over 50 published studies on the prostate health benefits of Beta-sitosterol, but these two are prime examples of how effective it is. Again, 50% decrease in symptoms is life-changing! Try it and you will see.
The world’s number one expert on natural prostate health author, PhD and chemist, Roger Mason wrote about Beta-sitosterol, "This is the most powerful nutritional supplement for prostate health known to science. This is also the most effective of all supplements for lowering your cholesterol and triglycerides." Bottom line: High-grade Beta-sitosterol is natures gift to your prostate!
Q: Why about Lycopene? I have heard that works?
Like saw palmetto, Lycopene is another overly-hyped ingredient that is not as fantastic as its reputation. It’s basically useless. Companies that sing it’s praise show they don’t know what they are talking about. All of the “studies” on Lycopene, when examined closely, reveal they are sponsored by someone related to the company or the industry that benefits from it. One study was such a joke it said that the more pizza men ate the better their prostate health. What a joke. (trust me I love pizza and would eat it 3 times a day if I could, but it won’t help your prostate.)
Men in Asia and Africa have the lowest rates of prostate disease in the world and they almost never include tomatoes in their diet.
Plus, John Hopkins University measured the blood serum levels of 25,802 men and matched them for nutrients and matched with their medical records. No relation was found with lycopene levels and prostate prostate health. There are many other studies I could cite including one at Harvard, and they all confirm, Lycopene is all hype and doesn’t help your prostate. Waste of money.
Q: How important is diet and food choices in promoting prostate health?
It is the most important thing you can do for long term prostate health. Diet is number one. Top supplements are extremely important and can help dramatically but getting your diet squared away is vital. (Make sure you sign up for my newsletter and get my complete report on diet and how you should eat. Diet can cure disease. There are TONS of studies and evidence that prove this.)
Q: What is the most important vitamin for men to take to help my prostate?
D3 is the single most important one. There are others you should take, but if you could only take one vitamin it's D3. Beta-sitosterol is not a vitamin by the way, but a natural ingredient found in all vegetables.
Q: Are there other natural ingredients you recommend that are not in the top supplements.
Yes, there are some other outstanding supplements you should take for your prostate health.
First the “All-Stars” ingredients are – Beta-sitosterol, grape seed extract, quercetin, green tea extract, pomegranate extract, Vitamin D3, Zinc and Selenium. These are the top ingredients for prostate health. Here is a list of additional natural compounds that are also helpful.
- Flaxseed oil - Is very good for prostate health and is the best known source of omega-3 fatty acids. 1 or 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids should be consumed daily.
- Soy Isoflavones - Are very good. Recent science has confirmed this. Get yourself a good brand that lists the amount of Genestein and daidzein on the label. Take about 40 mg of total isoflavones daily. Soy foods are generally an impractical source, especially refined foods such a tofu. Soy isoflavone supplements are a much more practical and realistic means of soy isoflavone intake.
- Vitamin D3 - This is in all the top brands – but it can’t be emphasized how important Vitamin D3 is for you. It's actually a hormone that is produced in our bodies by exposure to sunlight. You guys in the North where you don’t get much sunlight need to make sure you get your Vitamin D3. Studies show more incidents of prostate disease happen to men in cold weather locations that don’t get as much sunshine as warm weather states.
- Vitamin E - It is not only great for cardiovascular health but also prostate health.
- Garlic - The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did a study which showed how important garlic is for your prostate. Either get a good brand supplement or use garlic in your cooking often.
- Beta-carotene - This is a powerful and well-known antioxidant. Studies have shown a high correlation between the reduction of “serious” prostate problems and levels of beta-carotene. Numerous studies have shown similar results. 10,0000 IU is all you need each day.
- Coenzyme Q10 - This is a powerful enzyme. Studies show as we age the levels of Coenzyme Q10 fall off in our bodies. It has great value in reducing “serious” prostate problems, and it also helps serious “breast” problems in women. Get some.