Using Green Tea and Red Wine for Prostatitis
If you have prostatitis, there are two beverages that may not immediately come to mind. But both green tea and red wine harbor some great benefits for helping with prostatitis symptoms.
Green tea for prostatitis
Green tea leaves contain powerful polyphenols called catechins, which have an ability to fight bacteria. In fact, these catechins can work along with antibiotics in the treatment of bacterial prostatitis. If you have bacterial prostatitis, use of green tea may enhance the healing powers of the antibiotics you are taking.
Men who experience benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate, can also find relief from their lower urinary tract symptoms when using green tea. Since these symptoms also affect men who have prostatitis, it is well worth trying green tea for prostatitis as well.
Tips on using green tea for prostatitis
What type of green tea should you use for prostatitis and how much?
- Caffeine-free products—whether you are using green tea for brewing or green tea extracts in supplement form–are your best choice, since caffeine can irritate the urinary tract and contribute to urinary tract symptoms.
- When shopping for green tea, look for the level of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most potent of the catechins. You want a product in which the amount of EGCG is at least 50 percent of the amount of green tea extract. For example, if a supplement delivers 500 mg of concentrated green tea extract, choose a supplement that gives you at least 250 mg of EGCG.
- For prostatitis, a suggested dosage is 500 to 600 mg of a highly concentrated green tea extract. A number of studies indicate that the bioavailability of EGCG is boosted when taken along with vitamin C and/or omega-3 fatty acids.
- Generally, Japanese green tea (e.g., Matcha, Sencha) provides higher levels of EGCG than does Chinese tea.
- Green tea is more than a beverage; you can also cook with it. See suggestions below.
Using red wine for prostatitis treatment
The suggestion to use red wine for prostatitis is a bit misleading. Red wine is actually one of several vehicles for a potent antioxidant called quercetin, which has been shown to be helpful in treating prostatitis in a number of studies because of its anti-inflammatory qualities.
However, although red wine is a source of this beneficial phytonutrient, you would need to drink a lot of vino to get a beneficial amount. Therefore, downing red wine is not the way to reap the rewards. If you want results, a quercetin supplement, or a supplement that contains this antioxidant, is the way to go. Sure, you can have one glass of red wine with dinner, but for prostate and overall health, that should be your limit.
Quercetin has demonstrated benefits for men with prostatitis in so many studies, it is a standard part of the UPOINT system for treatment of prostatitis (used by Urologists) as well as Dr. Geo’s NPAT CPPS Treatment approach. The typical recommended dose for men who suffer with chronic prostatitis is 500 mg daily.
Bottom line on red wine and green tea for prostatitis
- Talk to your healthcare provider about using green tea and/or quercetin for prostatitis
- The best way to get quercetin is not red wine, but supplements. Do not take more than 1 gram daily without first consulting your doctor.
- If you take quercetin, it can reduce the effectiveness of the quinolones antibiotics, such as Avelox, Cipro, Floxin, and Levaquin.
- Green tea extracts and tea can be included in your lifestyle in several ways. In addition to green tea beverages and green tea extract supplements, try cooking with green tea. Did you know you can make delicious green tea soups, rice dishes, entrees, and desserts? You can use green tea as the basis for a soup stock, cook your oatmeal, rice, or other grains or cereals in green tea, and include it in a variety of other dishes.
What you drink and eat can have a significant impact on your prostatitis symptoms. Many foods have been shown to inflame symptoms and should be avoided. The best foods and drinks are those that can boost your immune system to help reduce the inflammation and pelvic stress.
Using Pollen for Prostatitis – Updated Studies
Men who want to venture outside of the conventional medicine box may want to consider pollen for prostatitis. Are you ready to hear the buzz about pollen?
If you have the most common form of prostatitis, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), and you are not satisfied with your current treatment program (or you want to try something different), research and experience are on your side. In fact, for about four decades, men in Europe have been using pollen (pollen extracts) to treat symptoms of prostatitis (e.g., dribbling, frequent urination during the night, pain and/or burning during urination, pelvic or genital pain, blood in the urine, painful ejaculation, strong urge to urinate immediately).
What is Pollen?
Pollen, or pollen extract, for medicinal uses is derived from a specific group of flowering plants. These are not varieties you would normally find in your garden, but a select group that has been shown to be helpful in the management of inflammation associated with prostatitis as well as an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH).
The majority of studies of pollen for prostatitis have included a combination gathered and standardized from corn, rye, and timothy. Collectively this pollen extract is referred to as cernilton or Graminex. Remember these terms when you are looking for pollen extract supplements or studies on the topic.
What’s so special about pollen for prostatitis? Pollen extract has the ability to fight inflammation, which in turn helps the bladder to contract and the urethra to relax. The result is better urinary flow and relief from prostatitis symptoms.
Studies of Pollen for Prostatitis
The results of the following studies can give you a better idea of what you might expect if you take pollen for prostatitis.
- A new study (October 2014) evaluated the effect of pollen extract in association with B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and folic acid in a formulation called DEPROX 500) in 87 men with CP/CPPS. The 41 men in the treatment group took 2 DEPROX 500 capsules twice daily for four weeks while the 46 men in the control group took ibuprofen daily for the same period. Three quarters of the men in the pollen and vitamin group reported an improvement in overall symptoms, pain, and quality of life at the end of the study compared with only 41 percent in the control group.
- Seventy men enrolled in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study were given either cernilton or placebo daily for 12 weeks. The men who took the pollen extract reported significant improvements in pain, total symptoms and quality of life when compared with those in the placebo group. No severe side effects were experienced by the men in the pollen group.
- A six-month double-blind study involved 60 men who were given either pollen extract or placebo daily. At the end of the study, the men in the pollen group said they had experienced either a significant improvement or elimination of their prostatitis symptoms.
How To Use Pollen For Prostatitis
If you are ready to consider pollen for prostatitis symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor first about any allergies you may have to grasses, flowers, or other plants. If you get the all-clear, look for standardized pollen extract products derived from corn, rye, and timothy or a prostate health formulation that contains this pollen extract.
Before taking pollen extract, consult your healthcare provider and discuss any allergies you may have to flowers, grass, or other plants. He or she can help you determine if this extract is safe to use and at which dose.