Best Herbs for Men’s Health
Although there are multitudes of prescription medications available today, many men prefer to take the natural route. The natural route is more appealing because there is no visit to your physician and these herbal remedies can be purchased at most department stores. Below is a list of ailments that men commonly contend with along with the herbs that are recommended to replace the prescription medication.
The Three Herbs Used in Conjunction to Treat an Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
1. Saw Palmetto a.k.a. Serenoa serulata/repens
The berries from this herb are very commonly prescribed for the treatment of BPH. Studies are continuously showing that this herb increases the urinary flow rate and decreases the prostate symptoms. There are much fewer adverse effects using this herb as opposed to the synthetic medications available. Saw palmetto inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which is believed to be responsible for the swelling that occurs in the prostate. With regular use, over time, urinary frequency and urgency will both decrease. (Softgels and tea)
*It can also be used to treat male pattern baldness.
2. Stinging Nettle a.k.a. Urtica dioica
This herb’s root is an ingredient used in herbal remedies for an enlarged prostate. It offers a two-fold action. It slows the growth of certain prostate cells and eases symptoms related to incomplete bladder emptying, frequent urination and a reduced urinary flow. (Capsules and tea)
3. Pygeum a.k.a. Pygeum africanum
This herb comes from the bark of an evergreen tree that is found in Africa. It contains phytosterols, which act as an anti-inflammatory and reduce the sensitivity of the bladder when you need to urinate. This herb also inhibits the proliferation of cells responsible for inducing BPH, which in turn reduces the size of the prostate. Best when used in conjunction with stinging nettle and saw palmetto. (Softgels)
Seven Herbs that May be Helpful in Male Infertility Issues
1. Ashwagandha a.k.a. Withania somnifera
This root is actually a sexual tonic that was used by Indians for infertility. (Liquid, standardized extract and caplets)
2. Pygeum a.k.a. Pygeum Africanum
An extract found in the bark of this tree is helpful concerning infertility cases due to lower prostatic secretions. This herb will increase the secretions from the prostate. Pygeium also supports the testes health and seminal vesicles, which are responsible for producing and then housing the sperm. (Softgels)
3. Fo-ti a.k.a. Polygonum multiforum
This herb is another herb that potentially boosts testosterone levels. This boost in testosterone increases the sperm count and the strength of the sperm. (Capsules)
4. Dong Quai a.k.a. Angelica sinesis
Dong Quai has been shown to be beneficial to males and females when it comes to fertility issues. This herb assists with maintaining a healthy blood flow to one’s reproductive organs. (Capsules)
*It can also be used to treat fatigue, high blood pressure and mild anemia.
*It is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic and has sedative qualities.
5. Sarsaparilla a.k.a. Smilax regelii
This herb supports production of the anabolic hormones including testosterone. It also helps support nerve tissue, which can sometimes be an issue concerning fertility. (Liquid and capsules)
*It was a popular treatment for Syphilis in Europe. It was also registered in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1910 as a treatment for the disease.
*It can be used for the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, herpes, arthritis and leprosy; however, there is no research available for any of these claims.
6. Tongkat Ali a.k.a. Eurycoma longifolia
This herb has modern scientific support. It was previously used as an aphrodisiac and is now being used to treat male infertility issues. This herb increases testosterone production, which increases libido and boosts the sperm count. (Capsules)
*It can also be used as an antimalarial, anti-diabetic, fever reducer and antimicrobial.
7. Saw palmetto a.k.a. Serenoa repens
This herb supports the prostate so it will release more testosterone. (Softgels and tea)
For Decreased Energy Levels
Guarana seed extract a.k.a. Paullinia cupana
This elixir does contain caffeine; however, another one of its active ingredients is theophylline. In a study that was published in the Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness Journal, theophylline actually increased the length of time it took for healthy men that were fiercely pedaling bikes to reach their exhaustion level. (Caplets)
5-HTP a.k.a. Griffonia simplifica
The chemical 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is converted by tryptophan to boost your serotonin, which is the hormone that makes us tired. Tryptophan has difficulty crossing our blood-brain barrier, but 5-HTP does not. For almost 50 years, 5-HTP has been used to treat people with insomnia. (Capsules and tablets)
*Studies show this herb is also useful for Friedreich’s ataxia, anxiety, primary fibromyalgia syndrome, depression; binge eating that is associated with obesity.
You shouldn’t need to take ALL these herbs, just select one or several that seem best suited to your particular lifestyle issues and take it from there. And please let us know how you get on.
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