The best-studied, most commonly used supplements to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) are:

  • Beta-sitosterol
  • Pygeum
  • Rye grass
  • Saw palmetto

Beta-Sitosterol: This is a substance found in many plants. It doesn’t affect the size of the prostate, but it may help your bladder empty and give you a stronger urine flow. It may improve other BPH symptoms as well.

Pygeum:This comes from the bark of the African plum tree. It seems to help some men with BPH wake up less at night to pee, go fewer times during the day, have a stronger urine stream, and empty their bladders better.

Rye pollen extract: This substance may improve a number of BPH symptoms, such as:

  • Dribbling after you finish peeing
  • Having to pee often throughout the day
  • Painful urination
  • Weak urine stream
  • Urgent need to pee

Some research shows that it may also shrink the prostate, give you a better flow, and help you empty your bladder.

Saw Palmetto: This is a short tree that grows in North America. Some small studies have shown a benefit. However, several large studies do not show that saw palmetto reduces the size of the prostate or eases urinary symptoms. Men may try it hoping to relieve common BPH symptoms such as:

  • You have a hard time getting pee to start
  • You must go often throughout the day
  • A weak stream
  • An urgent need to urinate

It may also help with waking up at night to go to the bathroom and feeling like you still have to pee after you just went.

For men who’ve had success with saw palmetto or NATURESFIELD SAW PALMETTO, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to see results.

Other supplements include:

  • Aqueous garlic (garlic extract in water)
  • Flaxseed lignin extract
  • Milk thistle
  • Powdered, dried cranberry
  • Quercetin (found in apples, tea, and red grapes, for example)
  • Red clover

However, low level Selenium have been statistically correlated with prostate cancer; supplementation with Selenium in adult with high plasma Selenium also requires clinical monitoring to avoid an unnecessary growth in prostate size.

Selenium being an essential component of the antioxidant enzyme Glutathione Peroxidase helps protect cells from oxidative damage.



Culled from WebMD