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Old Russian Secret May Solve Your Prostate Problems

Is This Russian “Peasant” Secret the Answer to Your Prostate Problems?

A couple of years ago, I ran across an obscure article on prostate health. Doctors in Latvia – working with Finnish scientists – had shown that men who ate rye bread lowered their risk of prostate trouble.1

For most of my life, I’ve heard stories that “Russian peasant bread” was the healthiest bread on Earth. More commonly known as pumpernickel, it’s made with coarsely ground rye flour. And its secret ingredient may be the answer to your prostate problems.

So what is this secret ingredient, anyway?

Necessity is the Mother of… Good Health

Across much of northern Europe, the soil is poor, summer is short, and the weather is unpredictable. The conditions aren’t good for growing wheat.

But rye is tough. This hardy grain thrives in poor soil and tolerates cold remarkably well. Out of necessity, rye became the grain of choice across much of northern Europe.

Rye is more than tough, though. It’s also remarkably healthy for a grain. It’s high in fiber – even for a whole grain. Rye also contains high levels of lignans – which may discourage the development of abnormal cells. Plus, rye is loaded with the indigestible fibers “friendly” gut bacteria thrive on.

Not to mention rye has a remarkably good amino acid content for a grain. Overall, it’s not only one of the most flavorful of grains, it’s also one of the most nutritious.

What does all this have to do with your prostate gland? Well, let’s take a look.

Early Studies Show Promise of Prostate Relief

Rye is a relative newcomer to the prostate defense game. But the early returns were truly remarkable. Let’s look at a couple of the early studies…

• A small 1989 study published in the British Journal of Urology, showed 13 of 15 men found complete relief or “marked improvement” taking rye pollen extract.2

• The “placebo effect” says a certain percentage of people will get relief just because they think they should. But in a 1990 study, rye pollen extract beat the placebo by an amazing 230% for prostate relief.3

• In 1996, doctors tested rye pollen against the active ingredient in Pygeum Africanum. They found rye pollen was 41% more effective.4

There was clearly something happening here. What was it about rye that made it so tough against prostate problems?

Well, it turned out to be something that made rye tough overall. Because rye had to be scrappy to survive at all. And it was passing those benefits on to men who took rye extracts.

Rye KOs Prostate Problems at Their Source

In 1995, doctors in Scotland and Switzerland teamed up to investigate the rye mystery. Why was it proving so effective against prostate trouble?

These scientists broke rye pollen extract down into as many individual substances as they could. They discovered one – which they called FV-7 – had a remarkable ability to halt the growth of prostate cells. In fact, just 5 micrograms per milliliter was enough to cut the most virulent growth in half.

What was this “FV-7”? Eventually, it was identified as a defensive chemical naturally produced by rye. Rye apparently uses FV-7 to discourage the growth of weeds nearby. And to keep plant-eating animals from developing a taste for rye.

But it also discourages the growth of unhealthy prostate cells.5 “FV-7” cuts right to the chase and blocks the cell growth that leads to so many prostate problems.

And – boy – does it work well!

Newer Research Confirms Early Results

Sometimes the results of early studies don’t pan out. For example, animal studies may yield promising results… but human trials don’t work out. Or early researchers overlook a variable that changes the numbers.

But in the case of rye pollen extract we haven’t seen this. More recent studies are getting the same -and sometimes better – results than the early trials.

• In 2007, Russian doctors reported on 93 men with swollen, irritated prostate glands. 31 took rye pollen extract (RPE) for 3 months. 32 took RPE plus an antibacterial. And 30 took just an antibacterial. Both RPE groups improved, but the RPE-only group fared best. Their stream strengthened, their bladders emptied more completely, and their PSA levels – a sign of bladder problems – dropped by more than 20%.6

• Later that same year, a study in the journal Urologiia followed 72 men with the same prostate issues as above. The researchers found RPE was safe, effective, with few – and only minor – side effects.7

• In a 2009 German study, 139 men took either RPE or a placebo for 12 weeks. Prostate issues in 70.6% of the RPE group improved by at least 25% in that time. The placebo group didn’t fare nearly as well.8

For men who’ve gotten mediocre results with other herbal prostate boosters, this is good news. And there’s one more piece of good news from a 1995 study…

RPE May Be Even More Effective in the Long Term

Japanese doctors gave RPE to a group of men with prostate problems. They ranged in age from 62 to 89.

Most of the men took part in a 12-week trial, which yielded very good results. Their urine stream strengthened, their bladders emptied more fully, and their overall situation improved. 85% of the men had at least satisfactory results.

The doctors continued to follow 28 men who stuck with RPE for a full year. At the end of the year, the doctors discovered something unexpected. All 28 men had smaller prostates than when the study began. Over the course of the year, their swollen prostates had shrunk!9

You may have heard that some herbal prostate boosters get less effective over time. That doesn’t appear to be the case with RPE. In this study, men who stuck with it for the long term got a bonus.

Why Haven’t You Heard More About RPE?

Rye pollen extract is very popular in Europe and Japan. But the word hasn’t spread so well in the U.S.

This may be partly due to the fact traditional herbs – like saw palmetto and Pygeum – do an adequate job for many men. And saw palmetto grows along the southern U.S. coast, so it’s inexpensive and easy to get.

But some traditional herbs don’t work well – or eventually lose their effectiveness – for a fair number of men. And they may be looking for more than “adequate” results.

RPE used to be hard to find in the U.S. But not anymore. Prosta-Rye from Best Life Herbals delivers pure rye pollen extract now sourced right here in the U.S.A. The supplier grows their own rye in the upper Midwest – where the climate is perfect for this hardy grain.

If saw palmetto hasn’t worked well for you… if it’s not working as well as you’d like… or if you’re just ready for maximum prostate relief… you should give Prosta-Rye a try. Find out what all the buzz is about at

Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

1 “Research on the influence of rye bread on prostate cancer progression,” Riga Stradins University. Jun 6, 2014.

2 Buck, A.C., et AL, “Treatment of chronic prostatitis and prostatodynia with pollen extract,” Br J Urol. Nov 1989; 64(5): 496-499.

3 Buck, A.C., et al, “Treatment of outflow tract obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia with the pollen extract, cernilton. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study,” Br J Urol. Oct 1990; 66(4): 398-404.

4 Dutkiewicz, S., “Usefulness of Cernilton in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia,” Int Urol Nephrol. 1996; 28(1): 49-53.

5 Habib, F.K., et al, “Identification of a prostate inhibitory substance in a pollen extract,” The Prostate. Mar 1995; 26(3): 133-139.

6 Aslamazov, E.G., et al, “Cernilton in the treatment of prostatic adenoma and chronic prostatitis,” Urologiia. Jan-Feb 2007; (1): 52, 54-56.

7 Shaplygin, L.V. and Sivakov, A.A., “Use of cernilton in the therapy of prostatic adenoma and chronic prostatitis,” Urologiia. May-Jun 2007; (3): 35-37, 39.

8 Wagenlehner, F.M., et L, “A pollen extract (Cernilton) in patients with inflammatory chronic prostatitis-chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a multicentre, randomised, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study,” Eur Urol. Sep 2009; 56(3): 544-551.

9 Yasumoto R., et al, “Clinical evaluation of long-term treatment using cernitin pollen extract in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia,” Clin Ther. Jan-Feb 1995; 17(1): 82-87.

The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and disease.

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