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Cathy Wong, ND

Beta-Sitosterol for Better Prostate Health?

By April 10, 2012

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Found naturally in foods like flaxseed and soy, beta-sitosterol is often touted as a natural remedy for prostate troubles. Indeed, some studies suggest that beta-sitosterol may help relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A common condition also known as "enlarged prostate," BPH tends to trigger symptoms like pain during urination and a frequent need to urinate.

While beta-sitosterol is also purported to prevent prostate cancer, there's currently a lack of scientific support for the claim that beta-sitosterol supplements can keep you prostate-cancer-free. However, preliminary research indicates that beta-sitosterol shows promise for protection against other forms of cancer (including breast cancer and colon cancer).

To increase your defense against prostate cancer, make sure to follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, limit your alcohol intake, and get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. There's some evidence that sipping green tea, loading up on lycopene, and maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D may also aid in prostate cancer prevention....Read the article: Beta-Sitosterol - What You Need to Know

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