BPH... Enlarged prostate

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2011 at 4:46 AM


I am trying to find my dad an alternative way to reduce his "enlarged prostate" that caused his BPH and difficulty to urinate. He has been under close watch by his urologist and recently I convinced him to go semi-Paleo (he owns a bakery and has been in the industry forever so it makes it tough). He eats relatively healthy and all and I have him on Fish Oil, Natural Light Mens One multi.

Any suggestions that might be available to get him off his Toviaz etc using all natural methods would be appreciated!




on February 10, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Just to clarify, beta-sitosterol is thought to be one of the main active components of saw palmetto extract, though there is conflicting evidence about this.



on February 09, 2011
at 01:44 PM

BPH is caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT was the subject of a previous thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/6578/dht-and-nutrition#axzz1DQVoq65i

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Some of the latest thinking is that the estradiol to testosterone ratio, or estradiol itself, might be the root cause of BPH issues, and not DHT.





Maybe add lots of cruciferous vegetables to his diet (or take concentrates in capsule form) to reduce estradiol, as saw palmetto can have negative effects.


on November 22, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I'd definitely suggest he try Super Beta Prostate. The main ingredient, beta sitosterol, is derived from saw palmetto and is clinically proven to benefit those who have problems with urinary flow and functions because of an enlarged prostate. I've been using it myself and find a lot of relief. I used to rush to the bathroom 10 times in the night; could never go out anywhere - but now I go about two times in the night and recently enjoyed a picnic with my grandchildren.



on October 19, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Here are some studies. They are not linked directly to enlarged prostate, but they are linked to getting psa levels down. If my impression is correct, having enlarged prostate suggests a higher risk of cancer, and selenium appears to cut that risk down:




So, regardless of whether or not it helps directly with symptoms, I suspect selenium is a very important supplement for your dad to have. I take 200mcg everyday.


on February 09, 2011
at 10:20 PM

My father had great BPH-reducing results with beta-sitosterol, quercetin, zinc and selenium.



on February 10, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Just to clarify, beta-sitosterol is thought to be one of the main active components of saw palmetto extract, though there is conflicting evidence about this.


on February 09, 2011
at 02:38 PM

I agree with supplementing with Saw Palmetto. Now Foods makes a Prostate Support formula which contains several ingredients, including SP, to reduce prostate inflammation. It would probably also be helpful to supplement with Curcumin (high grade Turmeric) to help with overall inflammation. Antihistamines, Zyrtec, etc., can also cause swelling of the prostate and difficulty with urination.


on March 08, 2013
at 04:15 PM


Coconut oil reduces prostate growth in laboratory rats.


on March 08, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Have you read anything about other natural prostate supplements? Take a look at super beta prostate review when you can. I found that this brand had a large following and that’s because it works for patients with all kinds of prostate issues. The beta-sitosterol is contains is supposedly helping men to develop prostate health and without side-effects too!


on October 19, 2012
at 05:19 PM

I had bph and some problems urinating a few months ago. I took a glass of fresh pomegranate juice every day,some fresh rockrose pollen,pumpkin seeds,and a yellow onion from time to time(organic).I also took life extension ultra natural prostate, which has some ot these ingredients.The problem was fixed in ONE month.


on February 15, 2011
at 09:22 PM

More information on enlarged prostate, symptoms, therapies and treatments can be found at http://www.nafc.org. The National Association for Continence is the world’s largest and most prolific consumer advocacy organization dedicated to public education and awareness about bladder and bowel control problems, voiding dysfunction including retention, nocturia and bedwetting, and pelvic floor disorders such as prolapse. Check out our blog! http://nafcpowderroomtalk.blogspot.com/


on February 09, 2011
at 05:59 AM

I would recommend that your dad try Saw Palmetto as a supplement. My husband has had a lot of success with it, and my mother's boss swears by it. Double check that there are no drug interactions (just Google it and maybe double check with a pharmacist), and make sure that your supplement has "fatty acids" or similar listed in the ingredients. I forget why, I just remember reading that it's important.

My husband uses the Care One brand, which is a local store brand/generic, so you don't have to get the pricey ones for them to be effective, though your dad may need to experiment with different brands and potency to get the best effect.

My husband noticed a difference within 2 weeks, but it took months until the improvements were good enough that he didn't even notice that there was anything to improve. :-)


on February 18, 2011
at 06:59 AM


Prostate gland enlargement is a common condition as men get older. Also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Thank you...

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