By Dr. Isaac Eliaz
Maintaining prostate health can be challenging. Located deep in the pelvis, surrounded by muscles and nerves, the prostate can be difficult to reach surgically. In addition, its close proximity to the urethra, bladder and important nerves increases the chance of collateral damage from biopsy, surgery or radiation. To complicate matters, prostate conditions can be indistinct and difficult to diagnose. Signs are often vague and their significance may vary between individuals. Furthermore, the prostate is influenced by a number of shifting factors such as hormonal profiles, toxic body burden, heavy metal exposure and nutritional imbalances, among others.
Maximum Intervention, Naturally
One of the principles of my approach to prostate health is “maximum diagnosis and minimum intervention.” However, this axiom is most appropriate when discussing conventional diagnostic procedures and treatments, such as biopsy, hormone deprivation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. My approach takes a much broader look at the individual. I want to find out what is going in the internal environment of the person that can be influencing the health of their prostate.
After gathering and considering all of the relevant information, my second principle is “maximum natural intervention.” This is a highly proactive approach on the part of the individual, rather than “watch and wait,” which has been the more conventional directive. Strategic application of natural therapies that enhance health while simultaneously addressing the prostate specifically is an important long-term complementary strategy.
New Findings on Superfoods
Results from a groundbreaking six-month clinical trial in Great Britain show that a supplement containing pomegranate, turmeric, broccoli and green tea extract reduced PSA levels (a protein indicator of prostate health) by 63 % compared to controls. These superfoods are known for their abilities to balance hormones, promote detoxification and support overall wellness, particularly for prostate health. This research confirms that foods and herbs rich in compounds such as polyphenols can be successful in addressing prostate health directly.
Other Supplement Research
In addition to the study from Great Britain, research over the past several years has demonstrated that a number of herbal and botanical ingredients, such as saw palmetto berry, grape skin, quercetin, pumpkin seed, pygeum bark and medicinal mushrooms, can have a positive impact on prostate health through multiple mechanisms of action.
Published studies showed that ecoNugenics ProstaCaid® formula, which contains 33 natural ingredients to promote prostate health, may offer significant benefits.*
- A 2010 in vitro study demonstrated that ProstaCaid actively supported prostate cellular health
- A 2011 in vitro study also demonstrated ProstaCaid’s benefits for prostate cellular health
- A 2012 in vivo study found similar results with ProstaCaid, including increased expression of genes that support prostate cellular health
- A 2012 in vitro study showed that when combined with PectaSol-C® Modified Citrus Pectin, the benefits of ProstaCaid were synergistically increased by up to 40%.
A diet emphasizing plant foods, and high in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and kale, may be the best dietary approach for prostate health. Cruciferous vegetables contain indole-3-carbinol, a natural substance that converts to the active DIM (3, 3’-Diindolylmethane), helping to metabolize hormones and address prostate health via additional mechanisms.
Use Every Tool
One of the guiding principles of integrative prostate care is to incorporate strategies from a range of clinical approaches. The goal is to help balance hormones, support immunity, detoxify the body and actively promote prostate health via multiple mechanisms — while simultaneously promoting the person’s overall health. Finally, it’s important to include the use of mind-body exercises for issues such as stress and fatigue. By adopting such a multifaceted, integrative approach, we can address the underlying factors in prostate health and work strategically — using leading advancements in the field to effectively promote long-term wellness and vitality.