No matter how often the conversation happens, you can't talk about prostate health too many times. It’s one of the fastest growing health concerns of men today, and with good reason: Prostate enlargement, known as Benign Prostate Hypertrophy or BPH, affects most men over 60 years of age.
Current research on prostate health focuses on reducing dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a potent form of testosterone, and estrogen, a hormone that inhibits the removal of DHT from the prostate.
About Hormone Balance, DHT and Supplementation
There’s a lot of complicated info surrounding hormones, supplements and prostate health, so we’re breaking it down into bits:
• Beta Sitosterol is a phytosterol (a steroid compound that occurs in plants) that may help inhibit the action of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase.* A decrease in the action of 5-alpha reductase may reduce the production of DHT.*
• Green Tea seems to be able to influence serum concentrations of hormones by promoting higher levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which bind to testosterone to prevent testosterone from converting into DHT.*
• Zinc is found in the prostate gland, which has the highest concentration of zinc in the body, and requires 10 times more zinc than any other organ. Zinc supplementation also may help inhibit 5-alpha reductase.*
• Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (P5P) is the active form of Vitamin B6 and aids in the utilization of zinc.*
There are several other ingredients that can support prostate health and hormonal balance, as well. To learn more about these ingredients, click here.
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