| Serving Size 2 capsules |
|Amount per serving size|
|ALCOHOL FREE CONCENTRATED EXTRACT(S) OF|
Saw Palmetto Supercritical Extract (Serenoa repens)
Nettle Root - Certified Organic (Urtica dioica)
Pygeum Bark (Pygeum africanum)
Green Tea - Certified Organic (Camellia sinensis)
Pumpkinseed Oil (Cucurbita pepo)
Rosemary, Supercritical Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis)
|STANDARDIZED TO FULL SPECTRUM ACTIVITY PROFILE PER DOSE|
85% Fatty acids (from Saw Palmetto)
Myricitin (from Tomato Skins)
|†Each 2 capsules contain 5370 mg crude herb equivalent.|
|†Daily value not established|
| Other ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable cellulose (capsule) |
= Certified Organic Ingredient
= Gaia Herbs Farm Grown
DESCRIPTION OF FORMULA
Prostate Health provides an effective combination of wellresearched herbal extracts and nutritive components in scientifically supported dosages and forms that are designed to unction synergistically to maximize healthy prostate function.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits at the base of the bladder, astride the urethra. Forming part of the reproductive system, the prostate gland secretes fluid that helps to make up semen, and functions to energize and alkalize sperm. Medical scientists know little more about this gland's function. What scientists do know is that an unhealthy prostate can cause discomforting feelings associated with a decline in healthy urinary function and sexual performance. The herbs and nutrients found in Prostate Health contain scientifically substantiated compounds recognized for their ability to support the health and function of the prostate gland.
Saw palmetto is a native plant of North America. It is a member of the fan palm family and has characteristic sharp edges that can literally "saw" through clothing, hence its common name, saw- palm-etto. The plant produces a one seeded berry, dark brown to black in color, that is harvested and used in the preparation of phytomedicines. Traditionally used to support the healthy functioning of the prostate and maintain normal sexual drive in men, saw palmetto was appropriately referred to as "old man's friend." Research is now focused on the lipophilic physiologically active extracts of these berries, including betasitosterol, tri, di, and monoglycerides, and free fatty acids. These constituents maintain healthy urinary and prostate function by encouraging healthy testosterone levels and influencing fatty acid metabolism in favor of prostaglandins that maintain normal fluid levels in the body.
Nettle root is from a plant that has a particular affinity for nitrate-rich soil, found in most temperate regions of the world. It has a high lignan content which researchers believe may be responsible for the root’s ability to bind to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), a key to its ability to maintain prostate health. Androgens such as testosterone and estrogen bind to SHBG. And as men age, their SHBG levels increase, making them more susceptible to this binding. Nettle root has a strong affinity for SHBG, and promotes cell health by limiting the amount of testosterone and estrogen that can bind to it. Nettle root also modulates the effects of androgens by normalizing sodium- potassium ATPase and aromatase activity in prostate tissue.
Nettle root extract is a popular herbal preparation in Germany, and its widespread use spurred the onset of numerous clinical trials over the past 10 years. Collectively, these trials, which include double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on up to 5,000 patients, demonstrate the benefits of using nettle root for normalizing SHBG levels and maintaining healthy urinary function in men.
Pygeum bark contains phytosterols (including beta-sitosterol, beta-sitosterone and campesterol), ferulic esters of long chain fatty acids, and pentacyclic triterpenes that moderate prostaglandin and prolactin metabolism in the prostate and function to normalize cholesterol levels and protein kinase c activity. Collectively these actions support healthy prostate and bladder activity in men.
Green tea shows tremendous promise in maintaining the health of the prostate gland. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles reported that consumption of tea polyphenols, as found in green tea, for as little as five consecutive days, causes an increase in polyphenols in prostate tissue and a reduction in levels of polyamines, both actions supporting healthy prostate tissue. This data supports recent epidemiological and laboratory studies suggesting health-promoting actions of green tea on the prostate gland.
Lycopene from tomato skin is a well-researched carotenoid used to support prostate health. Compared to other known carotenoids, lycopene is considered by experts to be one of the most potent antioxidants, with its unsurpassed singlet-oxygen quenching capacity. An impressive number of clinical trials and epidemiological studies demonstrate the statistically significant association between consumption of lycopene-containing foods and prostate health.
Pumpkin seed oil is a valuable source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and zinc, which are both important to maintaining healthy prostate function.
Researchers have identified a direct correlation between healthy prostate function and normal EFA levels in the body. EFAs represent a group of essential fats that the body is incapable of manufacturing on its own. They include the omega 3 (linolenic) and omega 6 (linoleic) fatty acids. EFAs are required constituents of every membrane in the body, playing a crucial role in maintaining the health of every living cell in the body. They maintain the fluidity of cellular membranes, aid in producing and balancing hormones, and play an essential role in managing healthy fluid levels. The body metabolizes these fatty acids into a group of components known as prostaglandins. The word prostaglandin comes from the fact that these products of fatty acid metabolism were originally found in the prostate gland (prosta - gland - in). Prostaglandins regulate every organ system in the body.
A deficiency in zinc, blocks the essential rate-limiting enzyme Delta-6-desaturase in the transformation of EFA’s into the important prostaglandins. The prostate gland has a unique characteristic of storing high levels of zinc. In fact, healthy prostate tissue contains a higher concentration of zinc than all other tissue in the body. Not surprisingly, researchers have found that the level of zinc in the prostate gland declines dramatically when it is challenged, making pumpkin seed oil, with its high levels of both EFAs and zinc, an ideal source of fat for individuals interested in maintaining healthy prostate and urinary function.
Rosemary leaf is a natural antioxidant that helps reduce the free-radical damage that occurs with aging.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PROSTATE HEALTH
The American Cancer Society and the American Urological Association recommend that men begin testing to check for prostate cancer at age 50, and up to ten years earlier for individuals at higher risk (such as African Americans, individuals with a genetic predisposition to prostate disease and smokers). In addition, the National Institute on Aging recommends that men over age 40 receive a thorough prostate exam as a part of their annual physical.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.