The Best Herb for Prostate Heatlh

Surprise, men — it's not saw palmetto.

SAW PALMETTO (SER enoa repens) may be the best-known herb for prostate health, but a new review of research shows red clover (Trifolium pratense) may work even better. Researchers found that red clover treats the urinary problems associated with an enlarged prostate more effectively than saw palmetto and four other commonly recommended prostate herbs. If you suffer from prostate problems like frequent urination and difficulty urinating, consult your doctor before taking red clover. If he approves of its use, take 40 mg of the liquid extract or 500 mg in capsule form daily. You should see improvement within three months.

PHOTO (COLOR): This herb outshines the rest when it comes to improving prostate health.

Red Clover for Prostate Cancer

It is becoming increasingly clear that a diet high in phytoestrogens and low in meat, animal fats and dairy products is protective against prostate cancer. Phyto-estrogens consist of two major groups -- isoflavonoids found in soy and legumes and lignans found in nuts, cereals, fruits, berries and vegetables. Now Professor Frederick Stephens of the University of Sydney reports on a case where a 66-year-old physician with prostate cancer took a concentrated phyto-estrogen based on red clover for just one week and thereby caused his tumor to regress.

The patient was scheduled for a radical (suprapubic) prostatectomy and, on his own initiative, decided to take a daily dose of 160 mg of a phyto-estrogen product based on red clover for the seven days preceding his operation. After the operation the biopsy tissue and the tumor tissue were compared. It was clear that the tumor tissue showed a high degree of cell death resembling the effect of high-dose estrogen therapy and consistent with tumor regression. Professor Stephens concludes that this case history provides further evidence that phyto-estrogens may prevent prostate cancer. He also points out that there were no adverse effects of the phyto-estrogen treatment.

-- Medical Journal of Australia, August 4, 1997

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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