Natural Prostate Health and Sexual Function

Filed Under: Men's Health
Last Reviewed 01/22/2015

Natural Prostate Health and Sexual Function

Your natural prostate health and a satisfying sex life are in many ways interconnected and dependent on each other. By taking steps now, you can maintain proper prostate function, and reignite your sexual desire and performance.

Here's why: The prostate, a walnut-sized gland under the bladder, produces a large portion of a man's seminal fluid. It also provides power to expel seminal fluid and works in the bladder to control the flow of urine. You can see why maintaining natural prostate health is so important—not only for normal urinary function, but also for your sex life.

Herbs and Nutrients for Natural Prostate Health

Most people, and especially most men, don’t recognize the role diet plays in prostate health. For example, caffeine coming from coffee, tea, and chocolate can have an adverse effect on the prostate. The same is true for alcohol. Why is this so?  There is an enzyme called aromatase in the body that converts testosterone into estradiol. Aromatase increases with aging, zinc deficiency, as well as liver dysfunction.  When there is more aromatase in the body, more testosterone is converted to estradiol which is not a good hormone for the male prostate. Caffeine and alcohol will increase the action of aromatase as well thus converting more testosterone into estradiol.

So the perfect storm in an aging male over age 60 which leads to prostate enlargement and dysfunction, is the following: excess caffeine and alcohol in a person with liver dysfunction (which may occur from alcohol) and zinc deficiency.  There are many men walking on the planet unknowingly having liver dysfunction and zinc deficiency who ingest large quantities of caffeine and alcohol which leads to prostate pathology. The trick is to keep aromatase at bay which will cut down on the amount of estradiol in the body. Omitting caffeine, using minimal alcohol, taking 25 to 50 mg of zinc daily, and keeping your liver healthy is the "secret sauce" for prostate health.

Thankfully, nature provides us with certain herbs and nutrients that are known to maintain natural prostate health. Saw palmetto, widely used in Europe and studies there for decades, inhibits conversion of testosterone to unhealthy dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes prostate growth. Pygeum contains natural compounds called sterols; the most effective for natural prostate health is betasitosterol. These herbs, along with others like pumpkinseed extract, nourish your prostate to promote healthy sexual and urinary function as well as normal prostate size.

DISCLAIMER: The content of is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

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