SHOP TALK NOTES·WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
Prostate TLC is an innovative supplement that combines many of the best natural substances known to man for promoting prostate health, including an innovative blend of Saw Palmetto and Astaxanthin.
During a man’s lifetime, the prostate undergoes changes that can eventually lead to health challenges. For instance, prostate enlargement is a common condition that can cause urination problems and other discomforts, particularly in men over age 40. Fortunately, medical scientists have demonstrated that the prostate is responsive to nutritional substances.
The National Cancer Institute has reported that DHT (dihydro‐testosterone), a form of testosterone, plays a role in prostate enlargement and is believed to be involved in the development of other prostate problems. Scientists believe prostate enlargement may be controlled by regulating levels of DHT.
Unicity’s Prostate TLC contains several remarkable ingredients that support prostate health. AlphastatTM is a patented compound that combines two ingredients (Saw Palmetto and Astaxanthin) currently being studied for their effects on male prostate health, including DHT regulation. Other important ingredients in this formulation include Lycopene, Stinging Nettle Root, Selenium, and Pumpkin Seed Oil.
Selenium is an essential trace mineral and it plays a fundamental part in our health. Mostly,
it is found in the kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen and the lymph nodes so a large range of bodily functions can be affected by the levels of selenium we ingest. Selenium works as a powerful antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants are substances that slow or prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals.
Selenium protects against free radicals and oxidative stress. It’s an active immunomodulator and a more potent antioxidant than vitamins A, C, or E. Selenium combines with other proteins to create selenoproteins such as glutathione peroxidases and thioredoxin reductases. These proteins act as antioxidants to support health at the cellular level.
Selenium is critical for both male and female reproductive health. It enables sperm locomotion and a selenium deficiency can lead to male infertility. Especially, it keeps the testes and seminal vesicles healthy and promotes the production of sperm and its motility. Men therefore have a greater need for this compound. With a deficiency in selenium. this could lead to infertility in males.
Saw Palmetto extract is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens. It is rich in fatty acids and
phytosterols. It has been used in traditional, eclectic, and alternative medicine to treat a variety of conditions, in particular benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Reviews of clinical trials, including those conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found the extract to be no more effective than placebo for BPH.
Saw Palmetto is used for treating certain types of prostate infections. It is also sometimes used, in combination with other herbs, to treat prostate cancer. It is also used to increase urine flow (as a diuretic), to promote relaxation (as a sedative), and to enhance sexual drive (as an aphrodisiac).However, its most pronounced effects appear to be those exerted upon the urino-genital tracts of both male and female, and upon all the organs concerned in reproduction. It is said to enlarge wasted organs, such as the testicles, while the paradoxical claim is also made that it reduces hypertrophy of the prostate. Possibly this may be explained by claiming that it tends toward the production of a normal condition, reducing parts when unhealthily enlarged, and increasing them when atrophied.
Astaxanthin is used for treating Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, “brainattack” (stroke), high cholesterol, and an eye condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also used for preventing cancer.
Up until now, this super-nutrient has not received a lot of attention or notoriety.
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Lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables a red color. It is one of a number of pigments called carotenoids. Lycopene is found in watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. It is found in particularly high amounts in tomatoes and tomato products.
Processing raw tomatoes using heat (in the making of tomato juice, tomato paste or ketchup, for example) actually changes the lycopene in the raw product into a form that is easier for the body to use. The lycopene in supplements is about as easy for the body to use as lycopene found in food.
People take lycopene for preventing heart disease, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis); and cancer of the prostate, breast, lung, bladder, ovaries, colon, andpancreas. Lycopene is also used for treating human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, which is a major cause of uterine cancer. Some people also use lycopene for cataractsand asthma.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic (to rid the body of excess water) and to treat joint pain.
Stinging nettle has fine hairs on the leaves and stems that contain irritating chemicals, which
are released when the plant comes in contact with the skin. The hairs, or spines, of the stinging nettle are normally very painful to the touch. When they come into contact with a painful area of the body, however, they can actually decrease the original pain. Scientists think nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body, and by interfering with the way the body transmits pain signals.
Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia.
Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate (called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is also used for urinary tract infections, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Stinging nettle root is used widely in Europe to treat BPH. Studies in people suggest that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate.
These symptoms are caused by the enlarged prostate gland pressing on the urethra (the tube
that empties urine from the bladder). Some studies suggest that stinging nettle is comparable to finasteride (a medication commonly prescribed for BPH) in slowing the growth of certain prostate cells.
However, unlike finasteride, the herb does not decrease prostate size. Scientists aren’t sure why nettle root reduces symptoms. It may be because it contains chemicals that affect hormones (including testosterone and estrogen), or because it acts directly on prostate cells. It is important to work with a doctor to treat BPH, and to make sure you have a proper diagnosis to rule out prostate cancer.
Stinging nettle products are usually made from the leaves and stems, and sometimes the roots. Root preparations are used to relieve symptoms of BPH.
Numerous individuals over the age of 40 experience an ever growing problem regarding the weakening of the bladder and the sphincter muscle that controls the release of urine. This condition often relates to an increased urgency to urinate and/or the inability to control urination.1 Even though weak bladder control affects both genders, there are twice as many women who suffer from it as men.
The various problems associated with weak bladder control are:
- Urinary frequency or nocturia (frequent night-time urination): Approximately 50% of the adult population (over age 60) experiences a frequency in night-time urination leading to disturbed sleep patterns. The percentage of individuals affected by nocturia continues to increase with age.
- Urinary incontinence or involuntary loss of urine: according to recent research, 48% of women and 17% of men over age 70 suffer urinary incontinence.
- Overactive bladder: is defined as having an urgent need to empty the bladder. This condition affects one in six adults over age 40 and leads to a frequent need to use the washroom, incontinence, stress and depression.
Pumpkin Seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it
is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Research suggests that both pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health.
Research shows that water-soluble pumpkin seed extract is able to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles of the bladder by:
- Allowing more testosterone to become available to the pelvic muscles
- Binding to the pelvic-floor androgen receptors, further strengthening the pelvic muscles
- Helping to allow the bladder to relax (by increasing nitric oxide)
- Helping to prevent and reverse prostate enlargement in men
- Pumpkin is used for treating bladder irritation, kidney infections, intestinal worms, and trouble urinating due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Author: Darlene Long
Recipes for initial use… I suggest a person beginning on this product who is experiencing some difficulty to take 3 X the dose to start until they hit ‘breakthrough’ which means they get relief by having a free and complete flow of urine….then move down slowly to the daily recommended dose…