The Prostate is a walnut shaped and size organ located under the bladder and above the rectum. It’s primary purpose is to facilitate nutrition to the sperm once it has been  ejaculated. As we age it tends to become larger resulting in a decrease in urinary stream and necessitating going to the bathroom multiple times throughout the night.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia  (BPH) is a non cancerous enlargement of the prostate  and present in nearly 1 out of 2 men over the age of 50 but is virtually nonexistent in men less than 30. By age 90 , 90% of all men exhibit signs of enlargement.


There are two main reasons for BPH:

  • Growth of the prostate itself with subsequent urethral narrowing
  • Over-stimulation of the alpha adrenergic receptors within the smooth muscle of the prostate making the person feel like he has to urinate frequently.
The two standard therapies are:
  • The alpha agonists ( alfuzosin=Alfuzosin and Terazosin) 
  • 5- alpha reductase inhibitors (Dutasteride=Avodart and   Finasteride=Propecia and Proscar).
 Unfortunately both of these classes of drugs have been associated with Erectile Dysfuction (ED) and impotence. The impotency rate using the above drugs has been reported as high as 30% and it was for that reason that Dr. Murray developed a more natural way to alleviate the symptoms of BPH

The below list of natural products have all been shown have a benefit with BPH without the unpleasant side effects.


Saw-Palmetto  (SP) is an indigenous palm to the South Eastern U.S. It grows wild and the supply is virtually unlimited. There are numerous studies with variable results. Some studies showed no results and some showed it was equal to the 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. In Feb 1999 the Journal Prostate found SP to inhibit agonist binding to alpha1 adrenoceptors and prevent (3H)inositol i.o.w. it acted life an alpha agonist drug which would shrink the prostate. In another study reported in the Journal of Urology 2000  SP was found to shrink the gland itself acting like a 5-alpha reductase. Other studies show it has powerful anti inflammatory action by blocking cyclooxgenase and lipoxygenase,two oxidants in the prostate.The European literature which has done most of the studies on SP shows that it reduces the symptoms of BPH, increases urinary flow and decreases the lower urinary tract symptoms(LUTS). 


Beta-Sitosterol (BS) has been studied exhaustedly for the treatment of BPH . The Br.J. of Urology 1997  studied 177 men for six months with advanced prostatic symptoms. Urinary flow rates improved from 9.9 ml/sec to 15.2 ml/sec  (a 66% increase) and residual urinary volume decreased by one third. Their conclusion “ Beta-sitosterol is an effective option in the treatment of BPH”. Lancet 1995 published a double blind,randomized placebo controlled multi center trial for 6 months on 200 men. Their conclusion: “Significant improvement in symptoms and urinary flow parameters show the effectiveness of beta-sitosterol in the treatment of BPH”


Pygeum is derived from the African Plum tree. Chemically it is composed of triterpines the most important of which is ferulic acid. It reduces LH, testosterone and prolactin levels in the prostate.


Nettle Root  works by having an anti-proliferative on the stromal tissue of the prostate (in other words it stops the progressive growth of the prostate gland) In a double blind placebo controlled study done on 257 men over a 96 week period using 160 mg of saw palmetto combined with 120 mg of nettle root and using the International Prostate Symposium Score (I-PSS) the treated group showed a 6 point reduction vs. controlled group of 4 (P=0.003) . Parameters measured were maximum and average urinary flow rate, urinary output, duration of urination and flow increase.
Zinc is the most abundant trace mineral found in cells. It is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions including superoxide dismutase. The prostate has the highest concentration of Zinc in the body. BPH and Prostate cancer exhibit low concentrations of zinc and 70% of Americans are deficient. Prostate cancer is hormone dependent in the early stages and it appears that Zn is beneficial at this point. As  prostate cancer continues to grow it is hormone independent and Zn also appears not to have an effect at this point. There is a large amount of Zn emitted with each ejaculate and therefore stores need to be replenished frequently.
Vitamin C in and of itself does not directly have an effect on prostate cancer. It does however, because of its low ph, reduce inflammation and infections within the prostate. It is a potent anti-oxidant  and thereby reduces the oxidation of the other products within a prostate complex capsule. High doses of Vitamin C also acts as a diuretic helping men with BPH.  Preliminary reports in recent studies using high doses of intravenous Vitamin C appear to be promising for Vitamin C and prostate cancer.

Magnesium has been used for centuries to treat asthma. It acts by relaxing the smooth muscles around the bronchi thereby making breathing easier. It acts in a similar way in the prostate and bladder. It relaxes the smooth muscles of both bladder and prostate thereby allowing the stream of urine to have more force. Recent studies in South America have shown that injecting Botox directly into the prostate relieved 100% of all the men’s symptoms 100% of the time. This turns throws  of our current theories out of the window. Since Botox only works on the muscles and has no effect on the hormones it appears that relaxing the prostate muscles is the Holy Grail of BPH. Magnesium helps but is obviously not as strong as Botox. 

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