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Thursday, 20-Dec-2012 00:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Natural Prostate Supplement Can Boost Prostate Health

Prostate problems end up affecting most men during their lifetimes. An estimated half of all men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 70s and 80s suffer from enlarged prostates. In addition, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in men. But there are ways to fight back, including taking a natural prostate supplement.

Age, of course, is the greatest risk factor for prostate health issues, but there are strategies men can use to prevent these problems from developing in the first place, and some of these strategies may actually help fight the conditions -- prostate enlargement and even prostate cancer -- after they have developed.

African Plum Tree Bark Extract

This extract from the bark of the tree known as pygeum africanum has been used both in Europe and the United States for the treatment of BPH, which can cause troublesome urinary symptoms when the prostate grows in size and clamps down on the urethra, disrupting the flow of urine.

A study done at the University of Missouri-Columbia found the plant extract had a beneficial effect on prostate cancer cells in experimental mice. It also was found to be effective against prostate cancer cells in vitro. The authors concluded it may be a useful supplement for people at high risk for prostate cancer. These would include those with a family history of the disease as well as African-American men.

Sang Huang Mushroom Extract

This extract of the mushroom phellinus linteus was found in a study done at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, to slow prostate tumor growth, cause tumor cell regression and increase the death rate of tumor cells in studies in mice with the disease. The findings caused the authors to conclude that the study suggests that the extract is not only able to attenuate tumor growth, but also to cause tumor regression by inducing tumor cell growth.

White Button Mushroom Extract

The extract of this mushroom known as agaricus bisporus was found in a study by the Beckman Research Institute to both reduce both prostate tumor size and proliferation as well as increasing the death rate of tumor cells both in vitro and in mice. The authors said they support the recommendation of white button mushroom as a dietary component that may aid in the prevention of prostate cancer in men.

Diet, Exercise and Natural Supplements

Most experts say that a healthy low-fat diet and regular exercise, avoiding tobacco and keeping alcohol consumption at a moderate level are all important to maintain good prostate health.

But it now appears that prostate supplements can have a beneficial effect on the prevention and perhaps even the treatment of prostate cancer, as well as of BPH or enlarged prostate.

Among the supplements or other natural products that frequently have been used for prostate health are the mineral selenium, the antioxidant lycopene, green tea, and saw palmetto, the extract of the fruit of a fan palm tree.

A Natural Product

A healthy diet and regular exercise can help boost prostate health, but many experts suggest that a natural prostate supplement may also be of benefit in the prevention and treatment of prostate enlargement (BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostate cancer. There is evidence in test tube and animal studies that some of these products can slow prostate tumor growth, cause tumor regression and kill prostate cancer cells.

Among these are a natural prostate supplement containing botanical extracts such as sang huang mushroom, white button mushroom and African plum tree bark. All three of these ingredients may be found in specially formulated nutraceuticals (health professionals recommend Prostate-PH) designed to support healthy prostate tissue.


Thursday, 16-Aug-2012 17:43 Email | Share | | Bookmark
PSA - What Does Rising Prostate Specific Antigen Mean

What is PSA

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by the prostate glands, and is commonly used as a marker for the presence and progression of prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society places prostate cancer as the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men, with about 1 man in 36 dying from the disease. Because of this more and more men are going to their physicians to have their PSA levels tested, in effort to screen for early stages of prostate cancer. PSA is not the most accurate measurement for the diagnosis of prostate cancer, however, and a high PSA test can cause considerable worry and anxiety in men.

Normal PSA

Healthy men produce PSA every single day, as PSA is a protein designed to support liquefaction of semen and the movement of sperm. In the 1990's scientists discovered that prostate cancer cells also produce PSA levels, and as prostate cancer cells grow and spread, PSA levels also rise to abnormally high levels in the body. From the prostate, where the proteins are produced, PSA moves to other fluids in the body, including semen, urine and blood. Serum blood PSA tests revealing between 4 and 10 ng/mL (nanograms per millilitre) are considered suspicious and possibly a sign of prostate cancer. But despite the widespread use of PSA testing for cancer, studies have shown that high PSA levels is not the most accurate sign of disease.

Problems with PSA Testing

According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, between 10-12% of men tested for prostate cancer using the PSA screening test return a false positive. This is because obesity, cancer, aging, race, prostatitis, benign prostate hyperplasia and recent ejaculation all increase PSA levels in the body and can confuse the diagnosis. In addition, up to 50% of men with prostate cancer fail to show clinically high PSA levels during screenings. All these factors combined have led physicians to rely on PSA testing less and less. If a man's blood test does reveal high PSA levels, it does not definitively mean that he has prostate cancer, but he should continue to explore the issue further with other types of tests.

Prostate Cancer

While many men die from prostate cancer each year, doctors still regard it as one of the slowest growing of all cancers. So much so, that in the majority of cases, men are completely asymptomatic and have no idea that they have the disease. Depending on the individual case, doctors may recommend that men with mild stages of prostate cancer do not undergo treatment. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy all come with a wide spectrum of negative side effects (loss of hair, poor libido, erectile dysfunction, reduced urinary control, etc), creating distress in men who would be otherwise symptom-free for many decades with just the cancer. Many men explore alternative treatments, such as medicinal Asian mushroom extracts and traditional herbal therapies. Following cancer treatment, levels of PSA should reduce to insignificant numbers. Physicians may recommend that following a curative treatment, men have a PSA test done each year to check for recurrence of prostate cancer.



Tuesday, 7-Aug-2012 13:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Low Prostate Cancer Rates in Asian Men – Here’s Why

Introduction

The American Cancer Society states that in 2012 about 28,170 men will die from prostate cancer. It is a difficult type of cancer to treat, and goes undiagnosed in many men until the late stages of the disease. If American men want to understand how to prevent the development of prostate cancer, they should look to men living in Asia and see what it is they are doing.

Asian men are among the least likely in the world to develop prostate tumors or die from prostate cancer, and recent research suggest that the inclusion of medicinal mushrooms in the diet may be an important factor in explaining these low prostate cancer rates. In particular, an ancient fungi known as Sang Huang mushroom (Phellinus linteus) is playing a lead role.

According to a recent Harvard Medical School study, Sang Huang Mushroom contains a range of bioactive substances which work together to achieve a strong anti-cancer effect. Active compounds include polysaccharides, which are common to many species of mushroom, as well as hisperin, furan derivatives and antioxidants. These substances are toxic specifically to prostate cancer cells, and leave healthy cells untouched. Sang Huang mushroom is also able to promote cellular immunity against cancer by stimulating the release of white blood cells, T-Cells and macrophages.

But this is no surprise to traditional Asian herbalists. Sang Huang mushroom has been used for hundreds of years in East Asian countries, including China, Japan and Korea. Herbal texts in China recommend Sang Huang for promoting circulation, improving digestion, cleansing the blood and protecting the liver. While other medicinal Asian mushrooms, such as shiitake and reishi, are more well known in the West for their therapeutic benefits, Sang Huang has a special role in the treatment of prostate cancer and maintaining prostate health.

Today Sang Huang mushroom is highly popular in Asia as a general tonic and as a nutritious food, and doctors have begun looking more closely at how it works in the body as several cases of cancer patients taking the mushroom extract achieved near miraculous improvements in their health. In particular, cases of prostate cancer.

In the Harvard Medical School study when extracts of sang huang mushroom were injected into the laboratory mice, researchers noted that the extract reduced the prostate cancer cell growth, and eventually triggered the cell death of prostate tumor cells. Researchers confirmed that sang huang and its chemical compounds may offer promising new developments in the future of anti-cancer drugs. While prescribed medications derived from sang huang are not yet on the market nutraceuticals containing sang huang are available. Nutraceuticals derived from extract of sang huang are safe and non-toxic and are available to consumers who want to test the health benefits of sang huang for themselves (Prostate-Ph is a nutraceutical made in U.S.A.).

Studies have so far confirmed that sang huang mushroom is safe and non-toxic to both animals and humans.



Thursday, 19-Jul-2012 00:52 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Research Reveals that Natural Supplements........

New Research Reveals that Natural Supplements May Benefit Prostate Health

According to recent statistics, 1 out of 6 men in the United States will develop prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death (behind lung cancer) in males. While medical experts do not know why some men are more likely than others to develop this life-threatening disease, and there appears to be a hereditary risk involved, a number of studies have revealed that certain nutrients may have a positive effect on men’s prostate health. More information on these studies can be found at www.ProstatePh.com.

Natural Supplements and Their Potential Link to Prostate Health:

Several university studies conducted by medical researchers have had some surprising results, revealing evidence that several common, naturally-occurring ingredients may be effective in reducing or eliminating prostate cancer cells. As a result, nutraceuticals containing these extracts may be indicated in supporting men’s prostate health.

African Plum Tree Bark Extract - The extract of the bark of the African plum tree (pygeum africanum)is currently used in the US and Europe in the treatment of enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). In a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, pygeum africanum was also shown to induce tumor cell apoptosis, and laboratory mice who were fed a preparation of the extract exhibited a reduced incidence of prostate cancer compared with control mice that were fed a casein formula.

White Button Mushroom Extract - The extract of this common edible mushroom, agaricus bisporus has been indicated as successfully inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer cells; in a study carried out at the Beckham research institute, tumor cells exposed in vitro and in vivo to the extract of the white button mushroom showed a significant decrease in tumor size and reduced rates of cancer cell growth.

Sang Huang Mushroom Extract (phellinus linteus) – According to researchers at the Harvard Medical School, a preparation of phellinus linteus was injected into laboratory mice who were affected by prostate cancer. The results showed that the extract played a role in reducing the rate of cancer cell growth, as well as causing a significant reduction in overall tumor size.

The American-made nutraceutical, Prostate-Ph, is an all-natural supplement containing these three ingredients (the extracts of Sang Huang, White Button Mushroom and Pygeum Africanum).

Preventing Prostate Cancer

Preventing prostate problems and other men’s health issues depends in part on making the right lifestyle choices. Practicing good dietary habits, getting plenty of physical exercise, avoiding the use of tobacco products, and keeping alcohol consumption to a moderate level can lead to overall good health and maximize the body’s ability to fight off diseases ranging from the common cold to cancer.


Thursday, 10-May-2012 11:34 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Prostate Cancer - Asian Mushroom Boon to Prostate Health

The incidence of prostate cancer in the United States is rising at an alarming rate; an estimated 241,000 men will develop the disease in 2012 alone, and over 28,000 will die. Overall, in the Western world, 1 man in 6 will be affected by prostate cancer in his lifetime. On the other hand, for men living in Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, the risk of developing a prostate tumor is less than 1 in 100. These noteworthy statistics have led medical researchers to look at various elements of Asian dietary and medicinal practices for answers.

Among the various botanicals that have proven anti-cancer and other disease-fighting properties, the Sang-Huang mushroom stands out for its efficacy in alleviating prostate issues, having been used in Asian countries for over a century in maintaining prostate health. In many Asian countries, dried and powdered Sang Huang mushrooms are frequently used in teas and other medicinal preparations formulated to promote men’s health and prevent the occurrence of common prostate problems, including prostate cancer. Formulas containing Sang Huang mushroom extract or powder are highly recommended by Asian health proponents for supporting immune function and are widely touted in Japan, in particular, for their cancer-fighting ability.

Anti-Cancer Properties of Sang Huang Mushroom Extract

With evidence that the Sang Huang mushroom may be used effectively in treating prostate issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (or enlarged prostate), a group of researchers from the Harvard Medical School recently conduced a study on prostate tumors in experimental mice in order to determine whether an extract of the Sang Huang mushroom, or phellinus linteus, as it is known scientifically, also had an effect on prostate cancer cells. Their findings indicate that an injection of phellinus linteus, which has known anti-oxidant properties, was able to successfully reduce prostate tumor growth rates and led to an overall reduction in tumor size. Their research supports the belief that the phytochemicals contained in extracts of the Sang Huang mushroom may be beneficial in promoting men’s prostate health.

Preventing prostate problems and other men’s health issues depends on many factors, including making healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, engaging in physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Avoiding the use of tobacco products and keeping the consumption of alcohol to moderate levels can also help to keep the body’s defenses working appropriately and minimize the risk of developing a life-threatening illness. In addition, the daily use of a dietary supplement containing phellinus linteus extract (health professionals recommend Prostate-pH), may provide additional prostate support. Men who are at risk for prostate issues due to family history or who are experiencing prostate problems should seek advice from a health care professional.

To read synopsis of university study on Sang Huang mushroom visit: http://www.prostateph.com/Harvard-medical-prostate-cancer-synopsis-on-phellinus-linteus/0512.php


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