Supplements for Prostatitis
Supplements for prostatitis provide a natural and drug-free way to help support your prostate health and relieve symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). That being said, several natural supplements for prostatitis have also been shown to help the effectiveness of antibiotics for patients who have chronic bacterial prostatitis.
Supplements for prostatitis that have the most successful clinical studies and research include the following:
Tier 1 Supplements (most successful clinical studies and research)
- Phytotherapy (combination of quercetin and pollen extracts)
- Graminex pollen
- Turmeric (curcumin)
Tier 2 Supplements (significant clinical studies and research)
- Beta-sitosterol (plant sterols)
- Green tea
- Stinging nettle
- Pygeum africanum
- DIM (phytonutrients)
- Cranberry extract
- Saw palmetto
- Vitamin D
Tier 3 Supplements (some clinical support)
- Colloidal Silver
Phytotherapy consists of using two supplements, quercetin and pollen extracts, in a specific combination formula. Both pollen and quercetin work very well in combination to restore prostate health and have many respected studies supporting their use. The anti-inflammatory effect of phytotherapy helps patients manage their CPPS symptoms by inhibiting the production and release of substances that cause inflammation. The antioxidants help support the patient’s own immunity.
Quercetin, which is one of the ingredients used in phytotherapy, stands pretty well on its own too, gaining positive recognition also from the traditional medical community. A Cleveland Clinic study found quercetin to be the most effective natural supplement for prostatitis. Other studies have shown quercetin to significantly decrease prostatitis symptoms, most likely due to quercetin’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Graminex pollen extract is an ingredient that is also used in phytotherapy, but some men take pollen on its own as well. Also called Cernilton, Graminex pollen extract comes from rye, corn, and timothy pollen. Studies have found pollen helpful in relieving pain, improving urinary symptoms, and improving the overall quality of life in prostatitis patients.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and it contains the active ingredient curcumin along with other phytochemicals. This supplement is known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides helping men with CPPS, turmeric also combines nicely with other herbal supplements and even antibiotics to help treat men with chronic bacterial prostatitis.
Beta-sitosterol is a type of phytosterol that is found in saw palmetto, rice bran, pumpkins seed and other foods. Beta-sitosterol acts like the enlarged prostate prescription drug Proscar by inhibiting the activity of 5 alpha reductase, and this improves urinary symptoms. There is also evidence the beta-sitosterol boosts immunity.
Green tea is high in catechins, which are antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and bacterial growth. It has many other benefits for men’s prostate health and overall health as well.
Stinging nettle has long been used to soothe the urinary tract and help men with prostate problems. Its many anti-inflammatory properties help CPPS sufferers and chronic bacterial prostatitis patients alike. Stinging nettle combines nicely with other supplements to relieve pelvic pain and urinary pain, burning, and other urinary symptoms.
Pygeum is an herbal remedy that is derived from bark of the Pygeum africanum tree. It has been used since ancient times to help treat bladder problems. The active ingredients are phytosterols and fatty acids that can help men with urinary symptoms associated with prostatitis.
DIM stands for diindolylmethane, which has been found to improve prostate function and improve men’s prostate health and urinary function. The precursor to DIM is a phytonutrient called indole-3-carbinol, which is found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin for men’s health that also acts as a hormone. This vitamin fights chronic inflammation, and a study shows that is also holds the promise of interfering with autoimmune prostatitis. It helps promote a normal prostate size and has a protective role against prostate cancer.
Zinc is a mineral that is found in high amounts in the prostate gland. It supports a strong immune system. A zinc deficiency may result in increased infections and prostatitis. Look for zinc citrate, which is the most easily absorbed form of zinc in supplement form.
Saw palmetto has been used for centuries to help men with prostate and urinary problems. It contains fatty acids and plant sterols including beta-sitosterol. Studies have found saw palmetto to be most effective when combined with other supplements when treating chronic bacterial prostatitis. Studies have found this supplement to be even more effective that the prescription drug Flomax for reducing pain in CPPS sufferers.
Cranberry is known for helping people with bladder infections, and it also can help men with prostatitis as well. High in vitamin C and powerful antioxidants, cranberry can help men with lower urinary tract symptoms such as urinary urgency, painful urination, nighttime urination, and dribbling.
Probiotics can help restore your gut health and help to restore the proper balance of beneficial bacteria in the body. The term probiotics refers to the yeasts and “good” bacteria that normally reside in the intestinal tract. It has been hypothesized that widespread use of antibiotics (which kill off both the “good” and the “bad” bacteria) can increase risk of developing chronic prostatitis.
Colloidal silver is a tasteless, odorless liquid that contains tiny particles of silver that are suspended by an electric charge. It is said to support the immune system against infections and disease-causing organisms. Anecdotal evidence says that it can be helpful for prostatitis, but there are no studies supporting this.
Supplements for prostatitis are some of the natural prostatitis treatments that can help men manage their prostatitis symptoms naturally or in combination with some medications. Supplements generally cause much fewer and milder side effects than pharmaceutical drugs. Supplements for prostatitis can be combined safely with other alternative prostatitis treatments, as a multimodal approach to treating CPPS is most effective.