Q. Dear Terry, “My older brother is 61 years of age and recently found out that he has two nodules in his prostate. What natural products would you recommend to help with the nodules? Thank you so much.” – Pauline H., Ana, CA
A. Dear Pauline, There are many reasons that nodules may form in the prostate: chronic inflammation, cancer, infection, stones, and others. To determine if the nodules are benign (harmless) or cancerous, I encourage your brother to consult with his healthcare practitioner. With that being said, there are many natural ingredients that can help support the prostate.
The ingredient that comes to mind first is curcumin. What I find most fascinating about curcumin is that it can stop the multitude of conditions that lead to prostate diseases: inflammation, oxidation, DNA damage, and the cell-signaling that promotes nodules, tumor formation, and metastasis. Of course, not all curcumin is created equal, and the type of curcumin you use makes a difference. I recommend a clinically studied curcumin that is blended with turmeric essential oil for better absorption, plus enhanced benefits from the turmerones in the extract.
Another powerful ingredient to consider is pomegranate. Scientific studies have shown that pomegranate juice can significantly decrease PSA levels (often used as a marker of prostate inflammation). Many pomegranate extracts lack one of the most beneficial compounds, omega-5 fatty acid, also called punicic acid, which is found in the seed oil. Current research finds that omega-5 from pomegranate inhibits PSA and stops the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors. I would look for a pomegranate extract that contains both seed and pulp oil for more enhanced benefits.
Scientific studies on grape seed extract show that it can also be very useful for prostate disease prevention by stopping the inflammatory pathways that set them up to become cancerous. Like any nutrient, the key compounds need to be absorbed before you will see any difference. I recommend a French grape seed extract that is tannin-free and provides only low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs).
Many people are familiar with milk thistle for liver health; one of the key compounds – silybin – also has amazing abilities as a powerful medicine for the prostate.
Lastly, vitamin D3 is crucial for optimal health, especially for the prostate. In a Harvard Medical School clinical study, 14 percent of the participants (all of European descent) had genes associated with less efficient use of vitamin D, and as a result were more susceptible to prostate cancer. In fact, the combination of low vitamin D levels and a slight genetic difference associated with poorer use of vitamin D meant they were more than twice as likely (2.5 times) to develop aggressive prostate cancer.
I would take 1,500 IU of vitamin D3 and 710 mg of curcumin, pomegranate seed oil, and French grape seed extract, and silybin combined – twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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