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Jenny Logan.
Jenny Logan.

September was Prostate Awareness Month and to promote this we had information available on signs and symptoms of prostate problems as well as natural ways to help relieve those symptoms.

What I have been surprised about is the response we have had. It seems that many men still suffer in silence and sometimes embarrassment and don’t realise that there are a number of remedies available which may be able to improve their quality of life.

Nearly every day we have had a man ask us about this information and feel relief that there are things that can be done. So this week, to top this off, I am going to look at the health of the prostate.

The prostate is a small gland which lies at the base of a man’s bladder. The prostate plays an important role in the production of healthy sperm. However, as men age, hormonal changes can cause the prostate gland to increase in size.

It is this growth of the prostate, pressing on the bladder and the tube which carries urine – the urethra – which can lead to the symptoms that many men struggle with.

These symptoms include:

– A poor flow of urine, maybe with stopping and starting, when visiting the toilet.

– Difficulty getting started, when needing to urinate.

– A need to urinate frequently and urgently.

– Having to get up in the night to urinate.

– Feeling that you cannot fully empty your bladder.

– Possible recurrent urinary infections.

If you are suffering with these symptoms, it is a good idea to go to your doctor to get your prostate gland checked. Usually these symptoms are caused by a problem called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). However, in a small number of cases it could be linked to something else, so it should be checked out first.

If you do have a diagnosis of BPH and are struggling with any of the uncomfortable symptoms then it is worth trying a natural remedy called saw palmetto.

Saw palmetto has been used for thousands of years – starting with the Native Americans – to help the symptoms of enlarged prostates and cystitis.

These days we use it in a concentrated capsule and the feedback we have had is fantastic.

My favourite saw palmetto product is Nature’s Aid Saw Palmetto Complex. This combines the saw palmetto with pumpkin seed, nettle and zinc – all of these things have gained a reputation for supporting the health of the prostate.

We have had great feedback on this complex, with men telling us that the amount of times they were having to visit the toilet had been significantly reduced.

So do not suffer in silence – ask – we may be able to help.