If you’re a man over 50, then unfortunately you’re probably familiar with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate.
But here’s something you may not be as familiar with: There’s a rarely discussed condition that causes inflammation and swelling of the prostate gland that’s not BPH. It’s called prostatitis.
And unlike BPH, prostatitis can trigger symptoms like pain in the abdomen, groin, or lower back, painful ejaculation, a burning sensation while urinating, and many more.
But not every man with prostatitis will have these telltale symptoms, and that can make it difficult for doctors to tell the difference between BPH and prostatitis.
So before your doctor grabs that prescription pad for BPH, it’s important you know that prostatitis can be effectively treated without a single drug…
Simple lifestyle adjustments make a huge difference
Before I show you how to naturally treat prostatitis, let me explain the condition a bit more…
In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health, he lays out the two types of prostatitis:
The first type is called bacterial prostatitis. It’s an acute infection frequently caused by E. coli bacteria in the urinary tract.
The second type is called chronic prostatitis. We don’t know exactly what causes this condition, but we do know it’s not bacteria.
A simple blood test can confirm if you have bacterial prostatitis, and if you do it just requires antibiotics. But if there’s no infection, Dr. Micozzi strongly recommends avoiding drugs and starting with lifestyle modifications that can help relieve symptoms of chronic prostatitis, such as:
- Avoid prolonged sitting. This can irritate your prostate.
- Drink more water to stay hydrated. This helps flush bacteria out of your urinary tract. Dr. Micozzi recommends 75 ounces for women and 100 ounces for men, daily.
- Limit acidic foods. These may irritate your bladder.
- Practice mind-body therapies like biofeedback and acupuncture. These have been found to help relax the bladder muscles.
And in addition to these simple lifestyle changes, Dr. Micozzi also recommends two powerful supplements to combat prostatitis…
The secret hidden in a palm tree berry
In his protocol, Dr. Micozzi highlights two supplements that have been shown in studies to help relieve prostatitis symptoms:
- Saw palmetto
These short palm trees grow in thickets at the base of pine trees, mostly in Florida. Extracts of their berries have been shown to reduce inflammation and balance your body’s supply of androgen (male) hormones, such as testosterone.
Dr. Micozzi points out that saw palmetto is a “Tier 2” supplement for prostatitis. That means it has significant clinical studies and research behind it.
And he adds, “Studies show it works best for prostatitis when combined with other prostate supplements—such as stinging nettle root extract, quercetin, and curcumin.”
In a study published in the journal Urology International, men who took a saw palmetto extract experienced a 26 percent improvement in prostatitis symptoms. And more importantly, in that same study, men who took saw palmetto along with vitamin E and selenium experienced a stunning 52 percent decrease in symptoms.
Dr. Micozzi recommends taking 900 mg per day of saw palmetto for the treatment of chronic prostatitis. And he adds: “Make sure to choose a supplement that contains 100 mg of beta-sitosterol—one of the plant’s active ingredients.”
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many plants and foods like red grapes, red wine, apples, tea, berries, and onions. This natural anti-inflammatory can help relieve the symptoms of prostatitis and BPH.
“In fact,” Dr. Micozzi says, “it’s a Tier 1 Supplement for prostatitis, meaning it has many successful clinical studies and research that support its effectiveness.”
In a clinical trial published in the journal Urology, researchers gave 28 prostatitis patients 500 mg of quercetin twice a day for a month. The second group took a placebo.
Men in the quercetin group experienced a 38 percent improvement in scores on a standardized prostate symptom test. Those in the placebo group experienced only a 7 percent improvement in scores.
Overall, the researchers noted that quercetin “provides significant symptomatic improvement” in men who have chronic prostatitis.
Dr. Micozzi recommends 1,000 mg per day of quercetin for the treatment of chronic prostatitis. And he adds that it seems to work better when combined with other supplements like saw palmetto and curcumin.
In addition to quercetin and saw palmetto, Dr. Micozzi recommends one more natural anti-inflammatory supplement that effectively relieves symptoms of chronic prostatitis. You can learn about this natural treatment in his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate, along with other non-drug treatments for complete prostate support. Click here to enroll today.