Lycopene: Inhibits progression of BPH

Are you taking longer time to urinate than you used to?
Are you unable to control your urine at times?
Do you often wake up at night to urinate?

If you are experiencing such symptoms, and you are currently in your late 40’s, it is advisable to seek for a medical check-up. These symptoms may be signs that there may be a benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the prostate gland in you.

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) also known as enlarged prostate is a common condition that arises as men age. This affects 1 in every 2 men in their 50’s with increasing prevalence up to 90% for men in their 80’s.

BPH is the main cause of different types of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), urinary disorders such as difficult to urine, unable to completely empty your bladder, loss of bladder control, frequent night urination etc. This is because as prostate enlarges, it will press on the bladder which leads to blockage. These symptoms may not be obvious at early stage but it will worsen over time if left untreated. It does not only cause mental disturbance to the affected individual but also affects their social life.

Fortunately the progression of BPH can be delayed with early treatment.  Besides using drug therapy, natural nutrient such as lycopene has been identified as one of the most efficient singlet-oxygen quencher and it is highly present in prostate tissue. Dietary deficit of lycopene has been highly link with poor prostate condition. Many studies have shown the benefits of lycopene for prostate health.

One of the many study shows that by taking 15mg of lycopene supplementation per day in men with BPH improves urinary symptoms, lowers PSA levels and prevents prostate enlargement over 6 months of consumption. Lycopene also shows potential in reducing risk of Prostate cancer.

Unfortunately the awareness of BPH is not high amongst Malaysian male. Majority will only seek for medical treatment when the urinary condition becomes severe and unbearable but it may be too late by then.  Be responsible for your own health; don’t allow negligence to deteriorate your own health. Prevention is always better than cure.



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