The Science behind Beta Sitosterol

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Prostate cancer awareness

Reliable, consistent scientific data draws researchers and medical professionals to conclude the safety and efficacy of using beta sitosterol to support prostate health.

Beta sitosterol is a micro-nutrient, found in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat every day but in very small quantities. It is mainly found in the cells and cell membranes of oil-producing plants.Plants that contain some level of beta sitosterol include saw palmetto, stinging nettle, and pygeium africanum. Many of these plants are still being used in various parts of the world in herbal management of urological and prostate health.

A high concentration of beta sitosterol is also found in wheat germ, corn oil, rice bran, pumpkin seeds, peanuts and soybeans. In its dietary form, often men obtain beta sitosterol from saw palmetto. Saw palmetto is a fan palm plant which grows in sandy soil along the coast. It also grows in pine forests in southeastern United States.

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system which is situated just behind the bladder. For many men the prostate grows as he ages. This expansion may begin to push on the bladder. The rate of growth differs from individual to individual, but estimates show that 50 percent of men over 40 will experience the effects of an aging prostate. It may affect bathroom habits, which could result in a change in sleeping patterns and can hamper social activities. Or, it may affect intimacy.

How do beta-sitosterols help? The early Americans ate the fruit of the saw palmetto.. European settlers began to use the extract of the fruit to support the male reproductive system. Several important studies have linked beta sitosterol to prostate health. Many well-controlled scientific studies report the beneficial impact of beta sitosterol on an aging prostate. All of these have been published in reputed international journals such as The Lancet, the British Journal of Urology, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. What's interesting is that none of these major studies have reported any significant side effects of beta sitosterol.

Scientific data shows that a beneficial amount of beta sitosterol is between 150 mgs and 300 mgs per day. This amount is impossible to get from diet alone. You would have to eat 2 lbs of saw palmetto berries to get 300 mg of beta sitosterol. Most saw palmetto tablets hardly contain any beta sitosterol. In fact, you would have to take over 100 saw palmetto tablets of 320 mgs to get the same plant sterol concentration as in just one Super Beta Prostate caplet which contains 300 mg of pure beta-sitosterols!

If you have a family member or a friend with an aging prostate, tell him about the benefits of beta sitosterol and Super Beta Prostate. If you are over 35, you may want to consider nutritionally supporting prostate health by beta sitosterol supplementation.