pine bark extract improves benign prostatic hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, will affect more than half of all men in their lifetime and 90% of all men over 85. Here’s a new herb that can help you not to become one of them.

Pine bark extract is well known as a powerful antioxidant. It is not usually thought of as a men’s herb generally or as a prostate herb specifically. But when researchers tried giving it to men with early stage BPH, all of that changed.

The 75 men in the study were divided into three groups: a control group only followed “standard management” of cutting back on sugar, salt and caffeine and exercised regularly (interestingly, there are several way more important lifestyle changes that the researchers did not include); the second group was given either or both of the pharmaceutical drugs dutasteride and finasteride; the third took 150mg of pine bark extract a day for eight weeks.

BPH symptoms, including emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak flow, straining and night time urinating, all improved significantly more on the pine bark extract than in the lifestyle or drug groups. The need to wake up at night to urinate went down by 31% in the pine bark group, but by only 18% in the lifestyle group and by an even worse 9% in the drug group.

After this study, pine bark extract joins other recently discovered and surprising natural solutions as well as the extensively studied and better known solutions for BPH like stinging nettle root and, especially, saw palmetto berry.


Minerva Med 2018;109(4):280-284


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For much more on treating and preventing benign prostatic hyperplasia, see our book The Family Naturopathic Encyclopedia and Vol. 20, No. 8 of The Natural Path

For comprehensive help with BPH, make an appointment to see Linda Woolven now.


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