Prostate Support for Men: Natural Supplements That Keep the Prostate Healthy as You Age

Prostate Support for Men: Natural Supplements That Keep the Prostate Healthy as You Age

As men age, prostate health is a primary concern.

Up to 50% of men aged 51 and older have problems of prostate enlargement, but most if not all men will have enlarged prostate problems at some point between the ages of 60 to 80 years (1).

Disorders of the prostate include inflammatory disease (prostatitis), but the most common prostate health problem is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – known more simply as a non-cancerous enlarged prostate (2).

An enlarged prostate can cause frustrating, uncomfortable, and possibly painful, urinary and sexual difficulties.


Managing prostate health

An enlarged prostate occurs when cells in the prostate abnormally divide and multiply, causing the organ to increase in size (3).

There are a variety of treatment options available for prostate problems. Some treatments are more intensive – surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy – requiring the consultation of specialized medical professionals, but there are some simpler options like eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

Also, you can add a natural supplement formulated specifically to support men’s prostate health. Natural supplements are normally composed of a blend of herbs, along with vitamins and minerals; and in the case of a prostate supplement, these herbs normally provide ample antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to shrink the prostate.


Natural ingredients that may keep the prostate healthy

As you age, complications with the prostate are inevitable.

If you are having these issues already or are looking to delay them in the future, there are several natural, plant derived supplements out there that may help with that goal.


  • Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant compound and bioflavonoid, which has been shown to promote prostate health. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps support overall prostate health (4).

Quercetin is also considered more potent when in a supplement. This is because it is combined with other natural substances to enhance quercetin’s ability to be absorbed by the body.


  • Beta-Sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol is also a plant compound and phytochemical similar to cholesterol. Because of its chemical design, it may reduce cholesterol levels in the bloodstream (5).

It also assists in improving urine flow, and reducing the amount of urine left in the bladder after urination (3).

It’s found in several plants commonly found in men’s health supplements, including saw palmetto berry and pygeum bark extract.


  • Saw Palmetto Berry

Saw palmetto is a type of palm tree native to the southeastern United States. The berries of the plant are used to improve urinary function.

Its benefits make it a primary ingredient in many male health supplements, including balancing hormone levels and also in prostate health supplements (6).


  • Pumpkin Seed extract

Pumpkin seed oil is extracted from pepitas (aka: pumpkin seeds) and it provides several benefits to managing prostate health.

The phytochemicals, like beta-sitosterol, in this oil can block certain types of prostate growth and may help with excess production of dihydrotestosterone (a product of testosterone breakdown) in the prostate. It also contains ample amounts of zinc which is important for normal prostate function (7).

Pumpkin seed extract is also commonly used in combination with saw palmetto berry, amplifying its effects.


  • Pygeum bark extract

Pygeum bark extract is taken from the African plum or cherry tree and is a sought-after alternative remedy after research declared it effective at managing prostate health (8).

Pygeum contains a wide range of fatty acids, alcohols, and sterols such as beta-sitosterol that have an antioxidant effect on the urogenital tract (3).

These can help ease issues such as night urination, frequent urination, and incontinence (8).


  • Stinging Nettles extract

Stinging nettle is a plant and an ancient herbal medicine, dating back to the Egyptians and Romans. It contains a wide variety of nutrients – vitamins A, C, K, along with many others – contributing to its variety of medicinal uses as an antioxidant (1).

Stinging nettle extract can raise antioxidant levels in the blood. Much like pygeum bark extract and saw palmetto berry.

Stinging nettle is another extract used in combination with saw palmetto berry, amplifying its effects (3).


  • Lycopene

Lycopene is a naturally occurring pigment found in many red and dark pink fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, but examples include papaya, grapefruit, watermelon, guava, carrots, red bell peppers, apricots, and red cabbage (3).

Lycopene is also an antioxidant. It helps protect your cells against the effects of damaging free radicals, and reduces oxidation.



  • Boron

Boron is an aid being increasingly recognized for its ability to maintain prostate health. Specifically via its action on prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is the most abundant protein secreted by the prostate. PSA is also a well-established marker for prostate issues (10).


  • Antioxidant vitamins and minerals

Antioxidants are involved in boosting the immune system and fending off diseases. Both vitamins and minerals can both be antioxidants and the most effective for prostatic health is vitamin E, zinc, selenium, and copper.

All these substances are anti-inflammatory and play therapeutic role in combating and healing the damage caused by oxidative stress.


Is a natural prostate supplement right for you?

As stated above, complication with prostate health is inevitable as you age.

If you are looking to stave off these symptoms, taking a natural supplement full of plant-based ingredients proven to have a positive effect on prostate health.

As always, seek the advice of a trusted medical professional when considering taking a new supplement for your prostate health to ensure its right for you.


Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD