The prostate gland and lower urinary tract symptoms
It’s estimated that on average, around 50% of males over the age of 50 will experience lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and the incidence of LUTS increases by 10% with each decade of life.
The prostate gland is a walnut sized gland located between the penis and bladder. It functions to secrete a protective fluid that helps support and maintain healthy sperm and semen. The urethra, a narrow tube that runs through the middle of the prostate gland, serves to remove semen and urine from the body.
As men age, hormonal changes may impact the conversion of testosterone, the main male sex hormone, to a more potent form known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), due to increased activity of an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase.
LUTS include changes to:
- Emptying of the bladder
- Urinary frequency
- Urinary urgency
- Urinary output
- Urinary intermittency
Herbs and nutrients for prostate health
Flowens™ is a unique, proprietary Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) whole fruit powder that has a distinctive full spectrum of phytochemicals that support prostate and urinary tract health in men. Flowens™ supports healthy urine output and relieves urinary frequency in males.
A six month, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 124 male volunteers evaluated the effect of 250mg/day or 500mg/day of Flowens™ on LUTS. Administration of Flowens resulted in a clinically relevant, dose-dependent, significant reduction in LUTS in men over the age of 45 years. See Prostate Pro.
- Phytopin® is a pure beta-sitosterol extract containing high-quality phytosterols, produced from Pinus pinaster tree oil. Phytopin® supports and maintains prostate and urinary tract health, and healthy urine output in males. Phytopin® also relieves urinary frequency in males. See Prostate Pro.
- Zinc plays a role in supporting reproductive system health and prostate health in males. The concentration of zinc in the prostate is higher than that in any other soft tissue in the body. Zinc acts as a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor or DHT blocker and provides antioxidant activity to reduce free radicals formed in the body. See Ultra Zinc +.
- Selenium supports reproductive system health in males and helps maintain testosterone production. Selenium is also an antioxidant that reduces free radicals in the body. See Selenium 150 MAX.