Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on Prostate Supplements:

Q: How long does it take for a top prostate supplement to work?

Everyone reacts differently, but with a well-formulated prostate supplement containing at least 160 mg of pure beta-sitosterol, clinical studies indicate you should start feeling significant benefits anywhere in about 30 to 45 days. That’s what the studies show. The great news is that the longer you take a top prostate supplement the better you are able to support and maintain your prostate health.

Look at what the Klipple study said about the use of beta-sitosterol.

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. The ingredients have a long history of being extremely safe.

Q: How much should I expect to pay?

Based on how and where you make your purchase, you could pay anywhere from $20 (mostly made with filler or Saw Palmetto, AVOID THESE) to over $100 from third party retail stores. The typical one-month supply if a top product runs from $39 to $49 on average.

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Q: Does Saw Palmetto work?

No. That’s a myth. It is virtually worthless. There were some very misleading studies done on Saw Palmetto years ago that showed it helped reduce prostate problems, and unscrupulous marketers have misrepresented these studies for years. If you have ever taken Saw Palmetto you know it didn’t work. Just ask one of your friends who have taken Saw Palmetto – guarantee they say it was garbage. It’s junk science. Try it if you want, but you’ll see it doesn’t work.

Dr. Mark Moyad is considered the number one expert in America on dietary supplements. His credentials are impeccable. Prevention magazine called him the world's leading medical expert on dietary supplements. He is certainly in my top three, along with Roger Mason and Dan Kenner. Dr. Moyad is a urologist. He is the Jenkins/Pokempner Director of Preventative and Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center-Department of Urology. He has written several fantastic books, most notably - The Supplement Handbook: A Trusted Expert's Guide to What Works & What's Worthless for More Than 100 Conditions. In this 502 page book he talks about supplements for helping your prostate. Not surprisingly, he states that the number one natural compound for helping your prostate is of course Beta-Sitosterol. And he specifically states that high doses of Beta-sitosterol are exactly what men need. This is the secret that makes ProstaGenix, the number one rated product, so effective.

Dr. Moyad also has a section in this chapter, on page 102, of herbs that are "worthless" for your prostate. And sure enough, the number one most worthless herb is saw palmetto. I said that to Larry King. Here is the exact excerpt from his book on how worthless saw palmetto is:

WHAT'S WORTHLESS - More From Dr. Moyad's Great Book

Saw palmetto. I'm rejecting the most popular dietary supplement for BPH in the world? Yes! I'm not a fan because of two very well-done US government-funded trials: STEP (Saw Palmetto for Treatment of Enlarged Prostates) and CAMUS (Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Urological Symptoms). Plus, patients I've worked with over the years tend to see minimal or reduced efficacy over time, which suggests more of a placebo effect. Anyhow, back to the research. The STEP trial was one of the better herbal studies ever completed. It was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. A total of 225 men with moderate to severe BPH symptoms were randomized to saw palmetto extract at a dosage of 160 milligrams twice a day (320 milligrams total) or a placebo. After 12 months of treatment, there was no difference between saw palmetto and the placebo. (The herbal extract used in this trial was one of the best.)

The CAMUS trial was a double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled randomized study conducted at 11 North American clinics with 369 patients. The CAMUS researchers found that low (320 milligrams), moderate (640 milligrams), and high doses (960 milligrams) of saw palmetto given over 72 weeks did not work better than a placebo for BPH or LUTS. Again, the saw palmetto used was outstanding quality. By the way, these big trials were originally designed to compare supplements to standard prescription drugs, but no companies offered up their drugs for testing! Makes you wonder.

Prostate Expert Roger Mason Also Believes Saw Palmetto is Worthless!

Roger Mason

And look what The Great Roger Mason has to say about Saw Palmetto. Roger is a prostate supplement superstar. He is widely regarded as the most knowledgeable person on the planet on natural prostate supplements. His book, The Natural Prostate Cure, is the Mona Lisa of prostate health. Not only is Roger a great guy who has helped millions of people, but he is a prolific researcher. Here is a section of one of his writings explaining why Saw Palmetto is basically worthless - the exact same conclusion Dr. Moyad came to.

THE TRUTH ABOUT PLANT STEROL SUPPLEMENTS

Traditionally, herbs such as saw palmetto, Pygeum africanum, nettles, and star grass have been used to treat prostate problems. The trouble with using these herbs is that they contain only a tiny amount (one part per three thousand) of the sterol complex. A typical analysis of saw palmetto, for example, shows that it contains a variety of fatty acids (capric, eicosenoic, lauric, myristic, palmitic, and others), but only minute- and therefore biologically insignificant- traces of sterols and other plant chemicals. These herbal formulas just do not contain any effective amounts of the active ingredients. You would have to eat a pound of saw palmetto berries in order to obtain a basic dose of 300 mg of phytosterols. Even if you take “10x” extracts of these herbs (with ten times the normal amount sterols), you would still have to eat about two hundred 500 mg capsules, in order to get 300 mg of sterols! Analyses published in Biochemistry, Gazzetta Chimica Italia, Journal of High Resolution Chromatography, Journal of Pharmacy Science, and the Indian Journal of Chemistry have shown that sterols make up less than 1 percent of these herbs. It is obvious that saw palmetto and other such herbs are ineffective, despite their continual promotion by the so-called natural health industry. Even when the product label reads “85 percent fatty acids and sterols,” it usually means “nearly all fatty acids and almost no sterols.” Choosing the best Beta-Sitosterol supplement can be tricky, especially with so many ineffective products on the market, so always read the product label carefully before you try a new supplement.

Q: I have read that Lycopene is very good for your prostate. Does it work?

Like Saw Palmetto, Lycopene is another overly-hyped ingredient that is not as fantastic as its reputation. It’s basically useless. Companies that sing its 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.)

A major study done at Harvard Medical School tells you everything you need to know about what a fraud Lycopene is. In this study published in a journal called - Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Preview in 1996, Harvard doctors found 50% MORE lycopene in actual prostate cancer tissue than in healthy prostates. Again, they found more More lycopene – not less. This would make Lycopene cancer promoting!

And in the biggest study of all on Lycopene, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, they tested the actual blood serum of 25,802 men and they found Lycopene had zero relevance on prostate health. And finally, one other study worth mentioning on Lycopene was done at Oxford University in England on 6,860 men from eight countries. They compared their blood serum levels and they found there was absolutely no relation with Lycopene and prostate health.

Lycopene is another prostate scam that many believe also has the pharmaceutical industry behind its promotion. A team of doctors from Ohio State University published a papers saying “The consumption of lycopene supplements is no recommended for prostate cancer prevention or therapy" … What an understatement that is.

Q: Why am I peeing so much? I am constantly going to the bathroom.

A: Generally speaking, as you start to enter your mid-forties, the size of your prostate starts to grow, and in theory your prostate can even continue to grow for the rest of your life! Because the prostate gland is located just under your bladder and around the urethra, an enlarged or swollen prostate compresses the urethra makes it difficult for urine to flow out. Kind of like stepping on a garden hose, so the water doesn't go out easily.

It’s really quite simple: if your bladder is always half full, then you really only have half a bladder to fill until you’ll get the urge to go to the bathroom again. Generally speaking, the greater your prostate problems, the less bladder capacity you have and the more trips to the bathroom you will need to take.

Q: What are the “Warning” signs of prostate trouble?

Here are the 5 Warning Signs of Prostate Trouble:

Q: I heard that several natural pills have been taken off the market because they were laced with dangerous drugs and, in some instances, have actually killed some men. Can you tell me which products these were?

There have been reports like this. The FDA took the herbal pill PC Specs off the market, because it was secretly laced with a prescription drug that could be deadly to some men on certain prescription drugs. Also, there have been numerous recalls by the FDA of herbal sex pills that have been secretly laced with dangerous chemicals and drugs. The products include: Zencore Tabs, Rize2, Aspire 36, and Blue Steel. There have been reports of many men being rushed to the hospital after taking these illegal and extremely dangerous pills. Be careful because some of the rouge operators are still selling these pills despite the FDA recall. And these pills could literally kill you. Don't buy pills at a gas station.

Q: The lab reports you have done are fantastic and opened my eyes. I must say I am a little disappointed that my local health food store hasn’t done this. Why don’t health food stores conduct lab tests on their products?

The answer is simple: money! It costs a lot of money to do High Performance Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry testing on multiple compounds in each product, as we have done. It would cost a health food storeowner half a million dollars to conduct this kind of testing on all the products on his shelves.

Q: What makes Beta-Sitosterol so special?

The clinical studies on Beta-Sitosterol blow all the other compounds out of the water. Scientific studies clearly demonstrate it is by far the best natural compound in the world to help improve and maintain prostate health. 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 260 mg 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.

One of the world’s leading experts 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: What is a good age to start taking a prostate supplement?

Nearly every man over 40 has less than optimal prostate health as he ages. Every man can benefit from promoting a healthy prostate and feeling his best. It is always a good idea to nutritionally support your prostate. Proper nutrition, moderate exercise, avoid smoking and heavy drinking... and it will go a long, long way to improve your health.

Q: I heard Grape Seed Extract is good for your prostate. Are there any studies on this?

Yes. In fact, A Massive Study of 35,239 Men Reveals Grape Seed Extract is Crucial For Your Long Term Prostate Health.

A famous large-scale study revealed how beneficial grape seed extract is for maintaining prostate health. Grape Seed Extract is derived from ground-up seeds of red wine grapes. So like grapes, it is rich in antioxidants, which soak up damaging free radicals in the body that can build up and promote cancer cell growth.

An epidemiological study in Washington State found that men who used Grape Seed Extract reduced their risk of developing prostate cancer by 41%. The participants were 35,239 males, 50–76 years of age, in a study called the “VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) cohort.”

This study was designed to investigate the associations of the use of vitamins, minerals, and specialty supplements with cancer risk. Grape Seed Extract was the only one of the supplements surveyed that showed a clear risk reduction for prostate cancer. No comparable risk reduction was noted from the use of other well-known supplements, including: Coenzyme Q-10, Fish Oil, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng or Saw Palmetto. So in other words, none of these other natural compounds studied worked, but Grape Seed Extract had remarkable success. 41% is huge.

Q: I see quercetin in some of these formulas. Is that any good?

Our research shows that only a handful of the prostate supplements contain Quercetin. They should all have it! Most waste their cap space on garbage like Saw Palmetto, Maca, Lycopene, and Ginseng. Quercetin is a potent and proven plant-derived antioxidant, (mostly from red onions and apples) but it is not yet well known to the general public. But I guarantee you will hear much more about this super effective supplement in the future because more and more studies are coming out confirming the prostate health benefits it provides. The “buzz” among the researchers I talk to is that Quercetin is far more valuable for prostate health than we imagined, but it hasn’t been the subject of hundreds of studies as Beta-Sitosterol has. However, there are a handful of studies and they do show great promise.

Studies in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry, Urology, and the Japanese journal Daizu Tanpakushitsu Kenkyukai Kaishi show that Quercetin can help promote prostate health. A study at the Mayo Clinic, published in Carcinogenesis, suggests that Quercetin may have real value in fighting against prostate cancer. Quercetin is a beneficial supplement for many other reasons in addition to being an excellent antioxidant.

Q: Can I take ProstaGenix with medications?

ProstaGenix is 100% natural; however, we recommend you talk with your doctor to see if there is any reason you can't take it. Dr. Dudley Danoff, of the famous Tower Urology Group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, now gives ProstaGenix to his patients. Many urologists do the same.

Q: I do not think I have a prostate health problem. Will I still get a benefit from Prostagenix or one of the other pills in the Top 5?

All men at some point have less than optimal prostate health, which has a significant impact on quality of life, sexual function, and general health. It is a serious issue and the problem is that most men do not deal with prostate health until it is too late.

Taking Prostagenix, or another one of the Top 5, as part of a daily health program is the best way to ensure maximum prostate support and nutritional support.

Q: How important are 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.

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.

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.