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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Stack

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, also known as BPH, refers to the enlargment of the prostate gland caused by a benign overgrowth of chiefly glandular tissue. It occurs in some men over 50 year old and tends to obstruct urination by constricting the urethra. BPH causes a variety of urinary problems such as trouble getting a uring stream started and completely stopped, having the need to urinate more often, a weak urine stream, or a sense that your bladder is not completely empty after you urinate. What can you do to relieve prostate pressure? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

24 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
IGF-1 (aka Insulin-like growth factor-1)1 Zinc
Insulin Sensitivity1 Zinc, Garlic
Free Testosterone1 Zinc, Saw Palmetto
Leptin1 Zinc, Garlic
Cognition1 Zinc
HomocysteineNeutral Garlic
CortisolNeutral Garlic
White Blood Cell CountNeutral Garlic
Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular DiseaseNeutral Garlic
PneumoniaNeutral Zinc
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Zinc has been shown to reduce prostate size in some studies. If you are taking 30 mg or more of zinc per day, most doctors recommend adding 2 to 3 mg of copper to avoid deficiency.
0.00 ,,,,,,
If you are taking large amounts of zinc (such as 30 mg per day or more) for BHP, most doctors recommend supplementing with copper to avoid copper deficiency.
6 mgReishi ,,,,,,
6 mg per day for 8 weeks. A double-blind trial found that an extract of Ganoderma lucidum mushroom was significantly more effective than a placebo in improving urinary symptoms in men with BPH.
50 mg ,,,,,,
50 to 100 mg of an herbal extract standardized to contain 13% total sterols twice per day. Safe and effective for men with mild to moderate BPH, pygeum contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory activity and help rid the prostate of any cholesterol deposits.
1 mlGarlic ,,,,,,
1 ml aged extract per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight daily. A special garlic extract (Kastamonu Garlic) reduced prostate size and significantly improved urinary symptoms in one study.
160 mg ,,,,,,
160 mg twice per day of an extract standardized to contain approximately 80 to 95% fatty acids. Saw palmetto, the leading natural treatment for BPH, has been shown to help keep symptoms in check when used regularly.
120 mg ,,,,,,
120 mg of root extract (capsules or tablets) twice per day or 2 to 4 ml of tincture three times per day. A concentrated extract made from the roots of the nettle plant may increase urinary volume and flow rate in men with early-stage BPH.
60 mg ,,,,,,
60 to 130 mg daily. Men taking beta-sitosterol, a compound found in many edible plants, have reported improved BPH symptoms and urinary flow.

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Potential Interactions
Zinc competes for absorption with copper  and inhibits copper absorption. Copper deficiency can result in anemia, lower levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, neurological disorders, and cardiac arrhythmias. Copper intake should be increased if zinc supplementation continues for more than a few days (except for people with Wilson’s disease). Some sources recommend a 10:1 ratio of zinc to copper. Evidence suggests that no more that 2 mg of copper per day is needed to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency. Many zinc supplements include copper in the formulation to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency. Zinc-induced copper deficiency has been reported to cause reversible anemia and suppression of bone marrow. In addition, there are case reports of neurologic abnormalities due to copper deficiency occurring in people who had been using large amounts of certain widely available denture creams that contained high concentrations of zinc.
  • Dawson EB, Albers J, McGanity WJ. Serum zinc changes due to iron supplementation in teen-age pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;50:848-52.
  • Broun ER. Greist A, Tricot G, Hoffman R. Excessive zinc ingestion. A reversible cause of sideroblastic anemia and bone marrow depression. JAMA 1990;264:1441-3.
  • Reiser S, Powell A, Yang CY, Canary JJ. Effect of copper intake on blood cholesterol and its lipoprotein distribution in men. Nutr Rep Int 1987;36:641-9.
  • Sandstead HH. Requirements and toxicity of essential trace elements, illustrated by zinc and copper. Am J Clin Nutr 1995;61(suppl):621S-24S [review].
  • Fischer PWF, Giroux A, Labbe MR. Effect of zinc supplementation on copper status in adult man. Am J Clin Nutr 1984;40:743-6.
  • Nations SP, Boyer PJ, Love LA, et al. Denture cream. An unusual source of excess zinc, leading to hypocupremia and neurologic disease. Neurology 2008;71:639-43.

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