Cranberry juice isn’t just for women anymore.
A study found that cranberries also help men improve their prostate and urinary function.
For the study, Czech researchers recruited 42 men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
Lower urinary track symptoms affect 40% of seniors
LUTS is a common problem that affects about 40 percent of older men. Symptoms include slow flow, dribbling, hesitancy, and incomplete voiding.
The men in the study also had benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH), elevated PSA levels, and non-bacterial prostatitis.
The researchers wanted to see if taking a cranberry extract would improve urinary function in men with these pre-existing conditions. So they gave half of the men 1,500 mg per day of dried cranberry extract for six months.
The other men received a placebo during the same timeframe.
According to published research, the men taking the cranberry supplement showed significant improvements in six different areas:
- Healthier scores on the International Prostate Symptom test
- Increased urinary flow
- Decrease in the amount of urine left in bladder after voiding
- Increase in total volume of urine
- Reduced PSA levels
- Overall improvement in quality of life
In addition, the men taking the cranberry extract reported zero side effects. (That’s an important factor, when you consider the serious side effects associated with most prescription drugs used to treat BPH.) On the other hand, the men taking the placebo experienced no improvements in urinary or prostate function.
7 simple steps to a healthier prostate
I’ve written before about the six steps to follow to help you manage your prostate size and have a healthier prostate.
Here’s a refresher…
1. Drop the extra pounds. Whittling down your waistline can slash your risk of BPH by 50 percent!
2. Do your best to dodge antihistamines, decongestants, alcohol, and caffeine. Each of them can make your BPH worse.
3. Drink whenever you’re thirsty and and urinate frequently during the day. Try not to hold it too long if you can help it.
4. Sitting in a warm or hot bath every day (hydrotherapy) can help ease symptoms and increase circulation to your prostate region.
5. Eat raw pumpkin seeds every day. They’re rich in zinc, a mineral shown to help reduce the size of the prostate gland.
6. Look for a high-quality prostate support formula that contains saw palmetto, pumpkin seed oil, nettle root, vitamin E, selenium, pygeum africanum bark extract, and zinc.
And based on the results of the Czech research, you may want to consider adding a seventh step…
7. Take some cranberry extract every day… especially if you’re over 50 and suffer from BPH or urinary problems.
Dried cranberry extract is pretty easy to find. It comes in capsule form.
Just make sure to give it some time before you expect to see any results. It may even take six months of steady supplementation before you experience any improvements in urinary flow. Remember patience is a virtue!
Dr. Allan Spreen
Nationally acclaimed as America’s “Nutrition Physician,” Dr. Spreen has been helping people stay healthy and disease-free as a private doctor, published author, and noted researcher.
In addition to his role as a Senior Member of the prestigious Health Sciences Institute Advisory Panel in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Spreen also coaches diving at the international and Olympic levels. NorthStar Nutritionals is proud to have Dr. Spreen as their Chief Research Advisor.
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