Prostatitis occurs when the prostate and surrounding tissue becomes swollen, tender, and inflamed.
It is different from having just an enlarged prostate. Symptoms can be characterized by urinary problems such as burning or painful urination, urgency, and trouble voiding; difficult or painful ejaculation; and sometimes pain in the perineum or lower back.
Basically, men have a 16-50% chance of getting prostatitis in their lifetime. Men with positive bacterial prostate tissue cultures also have higher PSA values. So keep that in mind if your PSA level comes back high the next time your doctor checks it.
When prostatitis occurs, 5% to 10% of cases are caused by a sudden or chronic bacterial infection. However, yeast infections, parasites, injury or immune disorders can be underlying causes and sometimes an exact cause is never identified. Acute prostatitis is often caused by the same bacteria that cause urinary tract infections or sexually transmitted diseases.
According to a study published in the 2017 International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine approximately 20% of all human cancers in adults are attributable to chronic inflammation and/or chronic inflammatory conditions caused by infectious agents or other environmental factors. The researcher’s findings indicate that prostatitis is associated with a significant increase in the risk of prostate cancer in the overall testing group and almost all of the subgroups.
A study published in the April 18, 2014 issue of the Journal “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention” from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, men who demonstrate evidence of chronic inflammation from chronic prostatitis may have close to twice the risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those without inflammation. About one man in nine will be diagnosed with it during his lifetime, but only one in 39 will die of this disease. About 80% of men who reach age 80 have cancer cells in their prostate.
Research also suggests high dietary fat may be linked to prostate cancer. The disease is much more common in countries where meat and dairy products make up a lot of the diet, compared to those where the basic diet consists of rice, soybean products, and vegetables.
Fortunately, there are many options to prevent &/or treat prostatitis.
The first step is to eliminate as much as possible inflammatory foods such as sugars, bad fats and wheat from your daily diet. Also drink plenty of water, green tea and ginger tea is great too.
Next is to improve your immune system function and help the prostate become healthier. Then depending on the cause of the prostatitis provide nutrients to eliminate infection/ pathogens, toxins, and decrease inflammation. These are some of the supplements we use in our practice for prostatitis:
KYOLIC Prostalogic Formula (Kyolic) contains Aged Garlic extract (AGE) which has been the subject of more than 700 medical studies. AGE has been shown in preclinical and clinical studies to enhance the immune response, mitigate infectious diseases, and kill cancer cells. AGE intake has been shown to increase the phagocytic (cell-killing) activity of macrophages, the activity of the T lymphocytes and increase the number and action of natural killer cells and antitumor action. Aged Garlic Extract also was found to inhibit the allergy-causing histamine release and have anti-inflammatory effects, suppressing prostaglandins and enhancing interferon. Numerous studies have shown that AGE contains powerful antioxidant compounds, such as carboxylic acid and L-arginine, which play important roles in combating oxidant-induced conditions and provides critical nutrients used by the body to produce its own antioxidants for protecting itself from radiation, neutralizing chemicals, and clearing out toxins. KYOLIC Prostalogic also contains Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, Pumpkin Seed Oil Extract, Lycopene and Zinc which are all nutrients essential for healthy prostate function.
KYOLIC Curcumin (Kyolic) contains AGE and Curcumin with Meriva. Studies show that curcumin, a derivative of turmeric, can be helpful for men with bacterial prostatitis and nonbacterial chronic prostatitis because of its ability to reduce inflammation.
According to a study published in the January 24 2017 Journal of Pathology Microbiology and Immunology, curcumin inhibited the survival and metastasis of prostate cancer cells via the Notch‐1 signaling pathway.
Dr. Liji Thomas, M.D. has stated, “Curcumin has been shown to have antiproliferative, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic effects. Curcumin reduces the expression of androgen receptors and also inhibits binding of androgen receptors to the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) gene to decrease PSA expression in hormone-dependent cells. This could inhibit tumor progression to hormone-independent status. Curcumin also targets cancer stem cells which are responsible for the initial growth of the tumor and for treatment failure. Additionally, it acts against miRNAs which target both the tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes, preventing tumor initiation. Curcumin reduces the expression of some matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) which are important in facilitating tumor invasion and spread. Curcumin also suppresses the crosstalk between prostate cancer cells and surrounding stromal or osteoblasts in bone to prevent metastasis.”
Using turmeric as a spice is a good however, taking its derivative curcumin as an herbal supplement will produce a more profound medicinal effect. A modified version called Meriva curcumin has been shown to have up to a 20-fold increase in bioavailability over standard turmeric extracts.
Natural Antibiotics include Goldenseal Root, Vermicyde GRD (Barlow Herbal) and Oil of Oregano (Natural Factors) Any one of these can be utilized to help eliminate potential bacterial infections.
As with any serious health concerns it is suggested to schedule an appointment with a Holistic Practitioner to address your specific health needs. Don’t forget to tune into Holistic Healthline Radio every Saturday 8-10 am. Check our station listing on Holistichealthline.com. You can also listen live or to podcast shows on your computer at newsradiori.com or tune in on IHeartRadio.
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Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center
Host Holistic Healthline Radio
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