Question: When I told my urologist I’m having trouble urinating, he said it’s most likely due to prostate enlargement. I don’t have any other symptoms, so he wrote a prescription to help with urination. I’d like to know if there are any natural options before I try the drug.
Dr. Wright: The medication your urologist likely prescribed is called isosorbide dinatrate, which is a synthetic formulation that works by improving the production of nitric oxide, a substance that relaxes vascular and other smooth muscles. But there’s no need to use a space alien molecule when there’s a natural substance that does the exact same thing. It’s an amino acid called L-arginine.
I’ve written about L-arginine many times over the past few years. Admittedly, one of its more "attention-getting" benefits is that it improves erectile dysfunction (ED). But it’s also useful for all sorts of vascular diseases since it dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow.
There are two types of L-arginine — "time release" and "regular." Time-release is preferable for urinary problems because, although it has a lower peak, it lasts longer. For men having difficulty urinating, I generally recommend taking 3 g of L-arginine daily in addition to other nutrients and botanicals that help improve prostate health (such as zinc, essential fatty acids, and lycopene).
You can find regular L-arginine at most natural food stores. However, time-release L-arginine (sold as a product called Perfusia) is available primarily through compounding pharmacies. To find a compounding pharmacy near you, contact the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists at (800) 927-4227 or visit their website, www.iacprx.org.
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.
Thousands of doctors respect Dr. Wright as the author of the best-selling Book of Nutritional Therapy and Guide to Healing with Nutrition, as well as other classics in the field. Yet he regards all the above as secondary to his family medical practice. For more than 27 years, he has devoted his talents to helping heal many thousands of patients. Combining the most advanced new natural techniques with the best in traditional medicine, he takes a truly holistic approach.
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