Studies indicate that men’s testosterone levels are falling and male reproductive health is in serious trouble. Thirty to fifty percent of American men have some type of erectile dysfunction. Sperm count in the average male is half what it was 70 years ago. Estimates indicate that 25-50% of men over the age of 40 are affected with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), with 90% of men over the age of 80 showing signs of prostate enlargement. One quarter of all men are affected severely enough to require medical attention, often involving surgery. About 32% of those undergoing surgery have complications such as incontinence, impotence, or enlargement of the breast tissue due to hormone imbalance.
To spot prostate trouble in its earliest stages, watch for prostate gland enlargement, which may diminish urinary force and increase frequency of urination (especially bothersome at night). This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Because this condition can be a sign of a more serious problem, prostate cancer, see a health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Men’s Formula is a blend that can be helpful for BPH and for enhancing male reproductive health in general. It can reduce swelling and enlargement of the prostate and improve urination. It may also have some protective effects against prostate cancer, but will not treat this condition. It relies on the following ingredients to produce these effects:
Pygeum Bark Extract (Prunus africana)
An extract from a South African evergreen tree known commercially in Europe as Tadenan, pygeum bark is used for reducing symptoms of BPH. Pygeum contains plant sterols and triterpenoids that help diminish swelling in the prostate. In addition, pygeum encourages the production of certain prostaglandins that fight inflammation. Pygeum is also used for prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland). It may help improve fertility, aid erectile dysfunction, and improve kidney function as well.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) berries
Clinical research has shown that saw palmetto helps to lower levels of dihydrotestosterone, a form of testosterone that encourages enlargement of the prostate. Saw palmetto has been used both as a preventive and corrective agent for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous swelling of the prostate that affects a large percentage of men over 40. It is also effective for bladder problems and urinary tract infections. Saw palmetto is also anti-inflammatory and may be helpful for orchitis.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) root
Stinging nettle is used for various urinary problems and helps to stop bleeding, while improving the circulatory system and urinary functions. It has also been used to treat kidney stones. Constituents in the root improve urinary output and inhibit the growth of prostate tissue in BPH. Like saw palmetto, stinging nettle root inhibits the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that encourages prostate enlargement.
Gotu kola (Hydrocotyle asiatica)
Highly recommended in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic for longevity, mental alertness, memory and slowing the effects of aging, gotu kola is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It has a diuretic action and is also useful for treating diseases of the skin.
Pumpkin Seeds (Cucurbita pepo)
Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of zinc, a mineral very important to male reproductive and prostate function. They are also rich in essential fatty acids that can reduce inflammation. They can be helpful for relieving BPH and kidney and bladder problems.
This well-known mineral is essential for proper immune system functioning, and helps inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, thereby reducing BPH. Zinc is lost with every ejaculation, making it an important trace mineral for male health.
A powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes that may help prevent prostate cancer. Research has shown that men who ate at least 10 servings of tomatoes per week have a 41% decrease in prostate cancer.
For severe problems use 6 capsules per day; 3 with breakfast and 3 with dinner. For maintenance and prevention, take 2 capsules per day with a meal. Taking Equolibrium™ with Men’s Formula will enhance its effectiveness.
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