The spice that can improve prostate health

If you are dealing with problems from an aging prostate there is a natural solution that has a long history of use in Chinese and Indian medicine. Turmeric, with its spicy component curcumin, is one of the best natural ways to manage prostate health.

Curcumin is the part of turmeric that gives it a bitter, peppery taste; and it gives curry its flavor. Curcumin is a polyphenol with many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You would have to eat a lot of curry to get noticeable health benefits, though, which is why men of all ages turn to quality prostate supplements with curcumin for managing their prostate health.

Modern research on turmeric and curcumin

These spices are among the healthiest on the planet. While medical practitioners in India have been using turmeric to treat inflammatory conditions for many years, modern science supports its use with thousands of studies. Improved prostate health is only one of the many health benefits of turmeric and curcumin. There are more than 5,600 published studies on these supplements, and researchers have found over 600 potential therapeutic and preventive applications. Turmeric and curcumin have been studied and compared against many different conventional medications, and the results are quite remarkable. Research is pointing more and more as to why this spice belongs in your medicine cabinet.

Health benefits of tumericIn terms of prostate health, curcumin can help the body’s natural effort to promote a normal prostate size. The prostate gland is usually about the size of a walnut. It sits at the base of the bladder and surrounds the urethra. As men age, the prostate can continue to grow until it puts pressure on the bladder and urethra, which can affect urinary health. Researchers conducting a Columbia University study noted the benefits that turmeric provided in support of prostate health in patients.

The studies on curcumin and turmeric have found benefits for a variety of other prostate conditions as well, including prostatitis. Men of any age are commonly affected by prostatitits. The most common form of prostatitits, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), is very difficult to treat with conventional medicine. It can linger for long periods of time, causing men pain, urinary problems and even sexual problems. Prostatitis can become very debilitating and frustrating.

Antibiotics don’t work, and men often find themselves taking medications that can cause some serious side effects without getting full relief. What does seem to help much more than conventional therapies is employing natural therapies, including curcumin. Studies have shown that curcumin can help regulate the body’s response to inflammation and reduce inflammation, helping to manage pelvic pain.

While bacterial prostatitis is less common, it too can be difficult to treat with the prostatitis recurring weeks after finishing a round of antibiotics. What is interesting is that study found that when researchers gave a combination of an antibiotic and natural supplements such as curcumin, quercetin, saw palmetto and stinging nettle to men with bacterial prostatitis, the patients found significantly better relief from their prostatitis symptoms compared with men who took only an antibiotic without the supplements. This shows that for some conditions, prostate supplements work well in conjunction with traditional treatments for a better overall outcome. (It is important to note that quercetin may decrease the effectiveness of fluoroquinolones, a type of antibiotic that includes Cipro.)

Other prostate supplements that can be combined with curcumin

There are also other top prostate supplements that can be combined with curcumin. You can usually find them in doctor created prostate supplements that are formulated to support the body’s natural efforts to maintain a normal prostate size, maximize prostate health, and encourage better urinary health. As mentioned, quercetin, saw palmetto, and stinging nettle can be taken with curcumin, but also look for vitamin D3; green tea; pygeum; cranberry; beta-sitosterol; graminex pollen extracts; 3,3-diindolylmethane (DIM); and zinc.

Taking curcumin

Curcumin can be difficult to absorb, so it is important to take a more bioavailable form of it like Meriva curcumin. The suggested dose of standardized curcumin powder is 400 to 600 mg three times a day. If you take a sustained release formula like Meriva-SR, it can be taken twice a day at dosages of 100 mg to 160 mg. Curcumin is considered safe when taken at recommended doses.

Consult your healthcare provider before you take prostate supplements with curcumin or any other ingredients, especially if you have diabetes. Curcumin can lower blood sugar levels. There are not many major side effects, but taking large amounts of curcumin over a prolonged period of time can lead to stomach upset or ulcers.

Reference:

Cai T et al: results from a prospective randomized study. Int J Antimicrob Agents 2009 Jun; 33(6): 549-53

Dorai T et al. Therapeutic potential of curcumin. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 2000 Aug; 3(2): 84-93

 

Dr. Geo Espinosa

By Dr. Geo Espinosa

Dr. Geo Espinosa is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and certified functional medicine practitioner recognized as an authority in holistic urology and men’s health. He is Clinical Assistant Professor and holistic clinician in Urology at New York University Langone Medical Center. As an avid researcher and writer, Dr. Geo has authored numerous scientific papers and books including co-editing the Integrative Sexual Health book, and author of the best selling prostate cancer book: Thrive, Don't Only Survive.