Beta-Sitosterol for Prostate and Cholesterol
If you are a man and over the age 50, then you are likely to have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate. BPH is so common that it has been said all men will have an enlarged prostate — if they live long enough. Less than half of all men with BPH have symptoms – but if you have them, then you know about it! The most common symptoms include:
- Urinating two or more times per night
- Difficulty is starting to urinate
- A strong and sudden urge to urinate
- Or, a weak urine stream that prevents your bladder from emptying completely
For generations, many natural herbal remedies have been used to alleviate the symptoms, including:
- Saw palmetto
- Pygeum africanum
- Pumpkinseed oil
- Stinging nettles
There is a common denominator in all these remedies: plant sterols, particularly beta-sitosterol.
Here at Barton Publishing, we have discovered a delicious way to enjoy a highly concentrated source of beta-sitosterols – at levels that can not only help your BPH, but also significantly lower your cholesterol. We will tell you more about our discovery in a minute, but let’s review the evidence.
Dozens and dozens of high quality studies have shown that beta-sitosterol is a highly effective natural treatment for BPH.
Found in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol very similar to cholesterol.
Back in 1998, an article was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that reviewed 18 different trials involving a total of 2,939 men who were treated with strong extracts of saw palmetto containing beta-sitosterol. The authors conclude that this concentrated herb improved “urologic symptoms and flow measures.”
Another 1997 study, published in The British Journal of Urology, studied 177 men for 6 months who suffered from BPH. Half the men got a placebo and half got an extract containing 130mg of beta-sitosterol. They concluded that, “these results show that beta-sitosterol is an effective option in the treatment of BPH.”
In a year-long study, published in the British medical journal, Lancet, the researchers used pure beta-sitosterol. They also found “significant improvement in symptoms and urinary flow parameters.” This was back in 1995.
There are many more studies, but here is what is really interesting.
The benefits of plant sterols for BPH were eclipsed by the cholesterol lowering benefits of this natural solution.
Plant sterols are so effective for lowering cholesterol that organizations like the American College of Cardiologist, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (AHA) , the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic now recommend using plant sterols for cholesterol lowering. Dr. Oz does, too!
While the success of this herbal cure is undeniable, we still do not know exactly HOW beta-sitosterol helps treat an enlarged prostate. Nonetheless, researchers and scientists have ventured well-purported theories.
One hypothesis is that beta-sitosterol supplements inhibit the formation of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible for stimulating the growth of prostate cells. Prescription drugs work to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT, so it follows that beta-sitosterol may work in the same manner.
It is also proposed that the oils in beta-sitosterol have an anti-inflammatory effect that prevents swelling. Such a theory makes sense considering marathon runners often use this plant extract to decrease pain and swelling. Beta-sitosterol promotes prostate health by limiting the absorption of cholesterol, thereby thwarting enlargement.
Behind Closed Doors
Here at Barton, we have not forgotten about the BPH benefits. You can find lots of good prostate health supplements that contain beta-sitosterol, but we have found what we think is even a better source, Kardea’s natural nutrition bar. Here is why:
Each bar delivers 3-5 times more beta-sitosterol than many of the leading prostate supplements. In fact, the Kardea bars contain 2.5 times more plant sterols than required by the FDA to make a cholesterol lowering claim in food. Each bar contains 50% of the recommended daily levels made by the leading medical organizations, delivering 1000mg of plant sterols from 1700mg of plant sterols esters.
Are you sensing something odd? Health organizations like the NIH recommend 1000mg taken two times per day, but the FDA will claim foods and supplements can lower cholesterol with only 400mg? The answer is simple. Plant sterols are expensive. The food industry wants to add the smallest amount possible and still get the FDA blessing. You know what happens behind the closed doors in Washington!
Here is what makes this choice even better. These bars also taste delicious, satisfying snacking or dessert cravings. With 140 calories, 7 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, the Kardea bars helps you replace the foods that do you harm with a handful of health.
The Kardea bars were created for heart health, but here at Barton we discovered this new use – as a great solution for BPH. February is national heart month. Do yourself, your cholesterol and your prostate a favor!
Or, give Kardea Gourmet a call with their toll free number 1-877-287-8730 to order. Mention Barton Publishing to receive an additional 5% saving along with free shipping offer.
Rob is known as a food passionisto and life’s magic moments occur over meals with family and friends. He happily wanders the aisles of gourmet food stores, farmers’ markets and ethnic delicatessens, preferring to end the day with a good cookbook. Rob brings a career as an executive in food and nutrition to sharply reduce his cholesterol levels to the point where no medications are necessary. He wrote The Kardea Gourmet, Smart & Delicious Eating for a Healthy Heart, with Mayo Clinic-trained cardiologist, Dr. Richard Collins, also known as the Cooking Cardiologist. Rob is the founder of Kardea Nutrition. Kardea, which means heart in Greek, combines a love food with a deep knowledge on how to use the best natural solutions to support heart health. Kardea Nutrition offers a scrumptious offer on their raved snack bars packed full of nutrition: Kardea Gourmet Book & 4 Bar Sampler: Read the Kardea Gourmet, a taste-inspired journey to heart health, while sampling Kardea’s heart-healthy gourmet snack bars in four delicious flavors.