Prostate and heart health – listen up older men!
Prostate and heart health demand you listen up as an older man. You’d almost be an exception if either prostate or heart health did not impact on you. Such are the numbers in a statistical sense.
Zenstate for prostate and heart health is an experimental oil blend I’ve developed to improve my own heart and prostate health.
Zenstate for prostate is formulated from 3 oils, each with known documented health benefits:
- Black cumin seed oil
- Olive oil
- Pumpkin seed oil
I formulated Zenstate for prostate as a 69 year old male exhibiting early signs of prostate enlargement. I won’t regale you with the less flattering details of this condition. It seemed obvious to me that I could either do something about the prostate condition and manage it. Or alternatively, have the prostate condition do something about me.
I’ve chosen the former as an importer of black cumin seed oil for some 10 years. Black cumin seed oil has a vast scientifically documented range of health benefits, including prostate conditions, including cancer. You can see a review of some 6 studies for thymoquinone the active component of black cumin seed and its impact on prostate cancer here.
In addition, I had some anecdotal knowledge of the beneficial effects of pumpkin seed oil with a long history of use in Eastern Europe in particular for prostate conditions.
Consider these issues for prostate as an aging man:
- 50% of men over the age of 50 will have some form of prostate enlargement or BPH (benign prostatic enlargement)
- 90% of man over the age of 70 will have some form of prostate enlargement or BPH
That’s an epidemic of prostate conditions in terms of its scale.
The literature and medical opinion on prostate conditions are confusing and confounding
I’ll list some of the confusing and confounding things that I’ve come across on my journey to better understand prostate conditions:
- BPH and prostate cancer are not one in the same thing
- You can have BPH and be symptomatic (difficult to start peeing, dribbling, running to the loo frequently, incomplete voiding etc) and not have cancer
- You can have prostate cancer and not be BPH symptomatic
- The PSA test used to indicate abnormal prostate conditions is not a measure of cancer per se – but of
- abnormal prostate behaviour which may be enlargement,
- cancer or
- the fact that you just got lucky with your nearest and dearest – yes sexual activity skews PSA scores as do a number of other things
And that’s just before we get to what do next if your PSA score comes back high. And you get referred to a urologist. What then?
- Whats on offer to resolve or manage – watchful waiting, biopsy, scanning?
- Should you rely on these?
- What are the risks of getting things right or wrong with these – false positives – straight out misses of cancer?
- What’s the risk of collateral damage with things like biopsy – ED and incontinence for example?
- Is your life expectancy fundamentally different from being treated vs not treated?
- What lifestyle and dietary changes might influence prostate conditions – eating less red meat, dairy, eggs, fat –
- What’s the consensus on these?
- What are the linkages between heart and prostate health say for example insulin resistance that is linked to blood pressure and cancer cell growth?
OK so these are some of the things I’m currently thinking about but don’t have good answers for. Although I’m gradually starting to build a better picture while i wait for my urologists appointment.
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Prostate conditions and cancer
Consider these statistics from this webmd website:
“All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer. About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only 1 man in 39 will die of this disease. About 80 percent of men who reach age 80 have prostate cancer cells in their prostate.”
I read a lot of literature around prostate conditions. One thing stood out to me. Beta sitosterol has been shown to modify prostate enlargement symptoms .
Then I considered which plant oils were naturally high in plant phytosterols – particularly beta sitosterol.
Saw palmetto the great prostate saviour or commercial con?
Saw Palmetto is a native of Florida US and close nearby states. Indigenous Indians used this as a rongoa (natural medicine) to treat various uro genital health conditions.
For saw palmetto to be effective you need at least 300 mg of beta-sitosterol. Yet most brands of saw palmetto contain far less beta-sitosterol than this.
Is Zenstate worth a try?
Test analysis shows Zenstate has a level of 75.4mg/100g of beta sitosterol. Which means you would need to consume a quantity of this oil on a daily basis if you were just relying on beta sitosterol alone to do the job for you.
However, in this case I am not relying solely on this to have some impact on my prostate.
I found an extraordinarily good summary of the cancer and heart protective effects of olive oil in this article entitled “Hydroxytyrosol and Potential Uses in Cardiovascular Diseases, Cancer, and AIDS.”
I believe that the oil blend I’ve developed may provide some of the answers many of us are looking for when it comes to chronic and degenerative diseases that affect so many of us. You should be the final judge of that!