Vitex Prostate 2X™
Advanced BPH & Cholesterol Formula for Men
Provides clinically proven relief for both BPH and high cholesterol in one safe natural formula that:
- Helps relieve the urologic symptoms (e.g. weak urine flow, incomplete voiding, frequent daytime and night time urination) associated with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperplasia. (BPH)
- Helps lower blood total and LDL cholesterol
- Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH)
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the term used to describe a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. The enlarged prostate may exert pressure on the urethra, resulting in difficulty urinating.
As men age, the tissue of the prostate grows and changes, resulting in enlargement (BPH). Men over the age of 40 may begin to experience the symptoms of having an enlarged prostate, and not recognize why these changes are happening, or that they can be treated. The cause of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is not known, although there are possible links to high-fat diets, family history and hormones. BPH is not cancer!
Not all men with BPH experience symptoms, but if the prostate enlargement presses on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body), it could result in:
- more frequent urination (day and night)
- inability to empty the bladder completely
- weak stream
- inability to delay urination
- difficulty stopping and starting
- incontinence (no control)
- painful or bloody urination
BETA SITOSTEROL (Glycine max seed) extracts that provide a mixture of phytosterols (marketed as beta-sitosterol) are often included in natural therapies for urinary symptoms related to BPH. In a six-month study of 200 men with symptomatic BPH, 60 mg/d of a beta-sitosterol preparation improved symptom scores, increased peak urinary flow, and decreased post-void residual urine volume compared to placebo. A follow-up study reported that these improvements were maintained for up to 18 months in the 38 participants who continued beta-sitosterol treatment.
Similarly, in a six-month study of 177 men with symptomatic BPH, 130 mg/d of a different beta-sitosterol preparation improved urinary symptom scores, increased peak urinary flow, and decreased post-void residual urine volume compared to placebo. A systematic review that combined the results of these and two other controlled clinical trials found that beta-sitosterol extracts increased peak urinary flow by an average of 3.9 ml/second and decreased post-void residual volume by an average of 29 ml.
SAW PALMETTO: (Serenoa repens) is a palm like plant with berries that were a staple food and medicine for the Native Americans of the southeastern United States. In the early 1900s, men used the berries to treat urinary tract problems, and even to increase sperm production and boost libido. Today, the primary use of Saw Palmetto is to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, but it also contains plant-based phytosterols including β Sitosterol and Stigmasterol which may be effective for BPH. Researchers think that Saw Palmetto may affect the level of testosterone in the body, and perhaps reduce the amount of an enzyme that promotes the growth of prostate cells.
Recent research shows that Saw Palmetto extract may reduce symptoms of BPH. An analysis of 2,939 men with symptomatic BPH found that those taking Saw Palmetto extract reported greater improvement of urinary tract symptoms and urinary flow measures compared to control subjects. The experimental group also saw a decrease in episodes of nocturia (nighttime urination) and an improvement in peak urinary flow.
Cholesterol is vital to human health and well being. It plays an important role in the structure, fluidity and permeability of the cell membrane, and helps synthesize vitamin D and various hormones. Two types of cholesterol exist: good and bad. 'Good' cholesterol is found in blood particles called high density lipoprotein (HDL); it helps prevent the narrowing of artery walls by removing and transporting any excess cholesterol to the liver for excretion. 'Bad' cholesterol is found in low density lipoprotein (LDL) particles. LDL carries the cholesterol from the liver through the entire body and leaves behind any excess on the walls of the arteries.
Consequently, 'bad' LDL cholesterol can lead to cardiovascular disease, increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and the necessity for heart bypass surgery. The total cholesterol level represents the amount of both HDL and LDL cholesterol. However, the total cholesterol / HDL cholesterol ratio is more indicative of cardiovascular disease.