Jim R. wrote to tell me that something I had written about helped him in a life-changing way.
I want to share Jim’s story because it could help you too.
You see, Jim hadn’t been able to sleep through the night in more than 30 years. For decades, his enlarged prostate had him getting up three to four times a night to use the toilet.
A “good” night was when he only had to get up once or twice…
Here’s what he told me:
“I have never written a testimonial to anyone for anything. That said, here goes my first attempt in 76 years.
“I have always had a higher than average PSA count. So, I’m always keeping a close watch on my prostate gland. For many years, I have tried numerous products that claim to help the prostate… None of them had any noticeable effect.
“Then I tried the nutrients that you recommend. I had immediate results and slept through the night without going to the toilet. I was amazed. And last night was the most amazing experience of all.
“I slept for 10 hours without going to the toilet. I haven’t done that since I was a very young man.”
The nutrients responsible for letting Jim sleep through the night were a combination of plant sterols known as phytosterols along with a little-known ingredient that enhances absorption almost 1,000%.1
Studies have shown phytosterols can significantly increase urinary flow and reduce the amount of residual urine remaining in the bladder in men with enlarged prostates.
One study also showed that phytosterols decreased prostate cancer cell growth by 24% and induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in prostate tumors by 400%.2
Your hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed more than 1,000 mg of phytosterols from their diet. Today, thanks to Big Agra’s industrial farming practices that strip the soil of nutrients, you’re lucky if you get 150 mg daily. It’s no wonder that prostrate problems have become epidemic.
One of the most potent phytosterols is beta-sitosterol.
In one review of many separate clinical trials involving more than 500 men, beta-sitosterol helped them improve urinary flow and volume and reduce their BPH symptoms in every study.3
A separate study found that it eliminated or reduced late night trips to the toilet by 54%.4
Good food sources of beta-sitosterol include the African potato (which is part of the lily family), avocados, pistachios and grape leaves.
But one of the best sources is saw palmetto. The native tribes living here in my home state of Florida recognized the benefit of consuming the berries of this palm tree-like plant. Today, we know that this plant nutrient blocks DHT, the male sex hormone that causes your prostate to swell. In one study of 33 men, those who got 320 mg a day of saw palmetto extract had a 50% reduction in DHT compared to the prostate drug flutamide.5
But what made the biggest difference in keeping Jim out of the bathroom and asleep in his bed was the addition of Brazil nut oil. This long-chain fatty acid boosts the absorption of beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto by as much as 1,000%.6
You see, beta-sitosterols aren’t easy for your body to take in. And people who supplement on a phytosterol alone are only absorbing about 10% of what they need.
Brazil nuts are also high in selenium. This trace mineral protects men from prostate cancer by as much as 50%.7 Just two nuts a day supply all the selenium you’ll need.
Protect Your Prostate and Sleep in a No-Pee Zone
Here are two more powerful prostate boosters that I recommend:
- Supplement with the meteorite mineral. Boron is a rare trace mineral that crashed into Earth billions of years ago. Today, we know that this rare mineral significantly reduces prostate swelling. An important study of more than 7,700 men found that those who supplemented with boron reduced their rate of prostate cancer by 64%.8
Most men only get about 10% of what they need. I suggest supplementing with 6 mg of boron daily.
- Add in bark from the African plum tree. Studies show that this extract — also known as Pygeum africanum — reduces late-night bathroom trips by improving urinary health. One review of 18 studies found that men reported better flow in just 60 days.
Most of the pygeum supplements out there are standardized at 13% total sterols. Look for supplements that are standardized at 14% or higher. I recommend 200 mg per day.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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2. von Holtz RL, et al. “Beta-sitosterol activates the sphingomyelin cycle and induces apoptosis in LNCaP human prostate cancer cells.” Nutr Cancer. 1998;32(1):8-12.
3. McNicholas T and Kirby R. “Benign prostatic hyperplasia and male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).” BMJ Clin Evid. 201126;2011.
4. Klippel KF, et al. “A multicentric, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of beta-sitosterol (phytosterol) for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. German BPH-Phyto Study group.” Br J Urol. 1997;80(3):427-432.
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7. Li H, et al. “A prospective study of plasma selenium levels and prostate cancer risk.” J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004;96(9):696-703.
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