Super Beta Prostate for BPH – It's Not Cancer, but... When You Gotta Go, You Need to Know
Looking into nutritional supplements such as Super Beta Prostate is not how I pictured spending my Saturday night. However, as time marches on and Father Time gets a firmer and firmer grasp upon us guys, sometimes that grasp becomes a little uncomfortable in “certain areas” and we are forced to take some sort of action.
Finding myself waking up at all hours of the night like a chick was also not something I had on my life schedule. But, life happens. We get older and those “issues” that we heard about the “old guys” having eventually become the issues that “we” have. Such is the situation this author found himself in and, late one Saturday night after a rising once again, he suddenly felt a different kind of urge... the urge to look into this “super beta prostate” supplement that he seemed to be hearing more and more about. Maybe there was something to it... maybe it was a crock, maybe it wasn't. It was time to find out because I would rather be looking into this now than maybe looking into the latest treatment on prostate cancer down the road.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
So let's lay little groundwork first. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is what we're talking about here. BPH is a condition where the prostate gland is enlarged (though it is a non-cancerous condition), that occurs to virtually all men as they age, typically noticeable starting around the age of 60. Because the prostate gland is located at the base of the bladder, as it enlarges it can cause difficulty in urinating as well as creating a sense of urgency in needing to urinate more frequently than normal. The bottom line... you feel like you “got to go” all the time (and FYI: this sensation is not synonymous with prostate cancer symptoms, so don't freak out...)
While the need for treatment of BPH is largely dependent upon how bothered a man is by the symptoms, being thoroughly checked out by a physician is highly recommended just to make sure this isn't actually one of the prostate cancer warning signs. If treatment is desired there are typically a few options available. In frequently surgery is performed as the most drastic measure. More frequently, medications are administered. In the past balloon dilation was a form of treatment though that has been dropped as it was found to be ineffective.
Options for BPH
The options discussed above are clearly medical interventions to be handled by and discussed with your physician. There are however, other non-medical treatments that are claimed to have benefited many men, and after reading through many pages of BPH and prostate cancer questions and answers, this is where super beta prostate comes into play.
Super Beta Prostate is a nutritional supplement that claims to contain high levels of high quality beta sitosterol. Beta sitosterol is one of many sterols that come naturally from plants and have a structure very similar to cholesterol which is produced within your own body. Beta sitosterol is said to have many beneficial effects on the body including lowering cholesterol levels (LDL and total cholesterol, without affecting HDL levels) as well as relieving the symptoms of BPH.
Compared to Surgery, I'll Try Super Beta Prostate
Surgical Intervention or Not?
I'm not what you'd call a total hippie, but given the option between more pharmaceuticals, having a surgeon cut on me “down there”, or giving some kind of natural supplement a shot, (especially one that might simultaneously be able to improve my cholesterol profile...) I'm in! I did want to take a slightly closer look at what the supplement is all about first.
Beta sitosterol has been researched and utilized in Europe for quite some time. Research is being done on it here in the US as well, and while it remains a “supplement” and not a drug, research thus far has shown no documented interactions or contraindications, nor any kind of toxicology associated with it. With that said, there are always some kinds of side effects in some people with pretty much anything and everything. For beta sitosterol (or beta prostate side effects), these seem to be minimal, but may include the following: nausea, indigestion or heartburn, diarrhea or constipation, erectile dysfunction and decreased sex drive. The possibility of sexual side effects of beta prostate are also possible with prescription medications used to treat enlarged prostate, and this is likely due to the fact that the hormones testosterone and dihydrotestosterone may be effected. Other, potentially more serious side effects could include a rash, itching, hives, swelling of the mouth or throat, wheezing or difficulty breathing. (To me, these are all symptoms of an allergic reaction, which again, can happen to any number or substances. Not that it's not significant if it happens to you, but I don't see it as a 'negative' in regards to super beta prostate). In sum total, it appears to me that these side effects are unlikely and/or minimal.
I'll Try a Natural Remedy
People have also taken beta sitosterol supplements, the main ingredient in super beta prostate, for other conditions. These include the aforementioned lowering of cholesterol, treating gallstones, enhancing sexual performance, boosting the immune system, treating the common cold or flu, treating asthma, relieving symptoms of menopause and helping with hair loss. Wow... this stuff is good!
Realistically, I don't know if beta-sitosteroal can really do anything for all those conditions I just listed. But the point I took away was that it has been used for a long time for a lot of different reasons and has shown no, or very little, downside to it. But if I can get a good, high quality dose of this stuff from Super Beta Prostate, personally, I think it's worth a shot.
Super Beta Prostate Is Worth It to Me
One thing that is worth noting is that this is a nutritional supplement. As such, it is not regulated by the FDA. Manufacturing processes and quality control standards are not what they are with pharmaceuticals and specific medical claims of 'cures' or 'treatments' can not be made. This is why I looked into reports and testimonials of people who had actually used this stuff, and I didn't come away with anything negative. It seemed like the worst case scenario was that there was no improvement of BPH symptoms, and some people complained that it was a waste of money.
To me, the money is an issue to a certain extent, but there is no guarantee that a pharmaceutical treatment would work for me either. At about $30 a bottle (or a little more than $20 per bottle when ordering more than one), I felt like it was a worthwhile 'investment' to see how it would work for me. At this point, it's only been about 2 weeks since I started my twice a day regimen, so I can't give any specific, concrete report other than to say I am sleeping better at night knowing that I have Super Beta Prostate working for me, and I think with very little to lose, it can only be beneficial in the long run.