Dear Health-conscious Friend,
Ancient Prostate Remedy Still Works Today
In my last pumpkin seed article, you discovered how pumpkin seeds promote bladder health. And the health of your urinary tract in general. This ancient Native American remedy is remarkably effective.
Even for problems Native Americans couldn’t begin to understand.
Don’t get me wrong here. These remarkable people are amongst the most resourceful and observant the world has ever known.
For example, they understood that combining crops could produce a greater yield. In pre-colonial America, you could often find fields of corn planted with beans and pumpkin. The corn stalks provided a natural support for bean runners… the pumpkin plants provided huge leaves that shaded delicate corn roots… and the beans added nitrogen to the soil, ensuring a better yield of corn and pumpkin.
The same skills also led Native American healers to use pumpkin seeds to ease prostate problems… even though they didn’t understand the prostate gland at all. Modern evidence clearly shows they were on to something.
A man’s prostate gland naturally begins a 2nd cycle of growth in his mid-20’s. The 1st cycle begins at puberty… when his sexual apparatus matures.
The problem with this 2nd growth cycle is it doesn’t stop. For some men – about 1 in 10 – the 2nd growth cycle never becomes a problem. For the other 90%, though, it’s a different story.
Your prostate gland is surrounded by an inflexible sheath. So, as the gland begins to grow, it can quickly reach the limit of outward expansion. And that means inward is the only way to go.
The problem here is inward expansion means choking off the urethra – the tube that carries urine and semen out of your penis – which your prostate surrounds. It’s sort of like the hole in a donut slowly, but surely, closing. Eventually, you won’t even be able to urinate.
Imagine what this little problem could do to your love life!
That’s where pumpkin seeds come in. Loaded with nutrients that promote prostate health, they can literally help salvage a love life that’s headed for extinction.
Take, for example, a study done back in 1990. Swedish doctors gave a pumpkin seed extract to men with prostate problems. Over 3 months, their urine flow increased… they retained less urine in their bladders… they held less excess urine in their bladders… and – perhaps most important – they also felt better.1
Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seed contain substances that slow prostate growth.
A team at the University of the West Indies tested pumpkin seed oil against corn oil. The corn oil group didn’t see any changes. But the prostates of the group given pumpkin seed oil grew more slowly.2
German doctors took the long-term view in a recent study on prostate problems. They worked with 1,431 men, aged 50 – 80 years. And they tested pumpkin seeds against an inactive placebo. After 12 months, men taking pumpkin seed showed significant improvement over the placebo group.3
The bottom line here is that pumpkin seeds appear to inhibit the sex- (and life-) slowing effects of prostate growth. This makes pumpkin seed a natural choice for men’s nutritional supplements.
But that’s not all. There are other reasons men should consider including pumpkin seeds in their health plans. We’ll explore some of the most compelling in our next installment.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Carbin, B.E., et al, “Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia with phytosterols,” Br J Urol. Dec 1990; 66(6): 639-641.
2 Gossell-Williams, M., et al, “Inhibition of testosterone-induced hyperplasia of the prostate of sprague- dawley rats by pumpkin seed oil,” J Med Food. Summer 2006; 9(2): 284-286.
3 Vahlensieck, W., et al, “Effects of Pumpkin Seed in Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms due to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in the One-Year, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled GRANU Study,” Urol Int. Sep 5 2014. [Epub ahead of print].
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