Beards can totally change your appearance and are a great way to further express your personal style. Whether you’re going for a corporate or castaway look, it’s important to support that look with regular attention. Here are my five beard care commandments to ensure you put your best face forward.
Brush Your Beard
To keep your beard looking nice and neat, you’ll need to brush and comb it on a daily basis. I use a natural, boar bristle brush for my beard, which stimulates the skin and promotes blood flow to the hair follicles. Then, I use a natural wood comb to finish it off.
Trim Your Beard
Even if you’re trying to grow out your beard, you still need to trim it periodically for maintenance. I trim my beard a few times a week, because I like to keep it at a certain length and keep it looking sculpted. I don’t use clippers on my beard, because it doesn’t give me the look that I want. I just trim it with scissors to manage unwanted flyaways and take a little bit off the sides and bottom. One of the most common mistakes is shaping your beard to your jawline instead of your neckline. Find your neckline by placing your finger on your Adam’s apple and go from there!
Oil Your Beard
Beard oil helps nourish the hair and keeps it soft and smooth. I oil my beard at night before I got to bed, and I also oil it after I get out of the shower in the morning to help my hair and skin retain moisture. I use Every Man Jack hydrating beard oil in Cedarwood—it smells awesome. Avoid beard products containing alcohol, as they can dry out your hair and skin.
Wash Your Beard
Although beard hair is coarser than head hair, it’s still hair and needs to be washed. A little bit of conditioner won’t hurt either. I wash my beard three times a week to keep it clean and polished.
Take Supplements for Your Beard
If you’ve never tried growing a beard because you think you’d have trouble, supplements can help. I take LuckyVitamin Pure Collagen powder twice a day as my new protein supplement. I used to take whey proteins and plant proteins, but now I’m sticking with collagen. It’s a great protein source, and you get all the added benefits of healthy hair and skin. I also take two tablets of LuckyVitamin Hair, Skin & Nails formula daily. It’s got a great dose of biotin, plus 24 other ingredients to help support hair growth.
So, those are my five beard care commandments. I used to be a guy who thought he couldn’t grow a beard, and look at me now! You too can grow a thicker, healthier beard by following these easy tips.
If you want to get in shape but can’t afford a gym membership or kettlebells and dumbbells, we have great news for you. Resistance bands are the way to go! Affordable, space-efficient, highly portable and even more effective than a set of dumbbells, these bands are known to improve strength and balance by working in a full range of motion, targeting muscles that you may miss with weights. So, let’s look at 6 resistance band workouts you can do anywhere.
1. Band Pull Apart
This exercise targets chest, triceps, and upper back. Simply stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and head facing forward. Hold a resistance band in front of you with your arms extended straight out. Leave a little bit of band left at the ends and pull the band apart by bringing your shoulder blades together so that the band touches your chest. Slowly return to the starting position by bringing your arms back down in front you at eye level. Repeat slowly and under control, up to 10 reps.
2. Lunge with Biceps Curl
Place the center of the band under the instep of your left foot and position your right foot about two feet behind you. With an underhand grip on the band’s handles, perform a biceps curl while bending your knees to lower into a lunge position, repeating up to 20 times, then switch legs.
3. Donkey Kicks
A great exercise for legs. Get down on all fours holding the ends of the band with your hands and loop it around your foot. Kick your leg straight back while raising your foot slightly towards the ceiling against the resistance of the band. Hold for a couple of seconds at the top and slowly lower to starting position. Repeat as many times as you can and up to 15 reps per leg.
4. Squat with Overhead Press
Stand in the middle of the band with feet parallel and shoulder-width apart. Hold handles at shoulder height, with palms facing away from you and elbows bent. Squat deeply while pressing your arms directly over your head. Keep your weight on your heels and resist the band as you return to standing position. Repeat about 10-15 times.
5. Glute Bridge
An easy and effective exercise. Tie a band around your legs right above your knees. Lie on your back with your feet on the floor, bending your knees to 90 degrees. Rise up with your hips until your shoulders, hips and knees align, contracting your glutes through the entire movement.
6. Lateral Band Wall
This exercise targets hips, glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. Just place the band around your ankles and get into a squat position with your thighs parallel to the ground and feet slightly wider than hip-distance apart. Step out laterally to the left against the band, remaining in the squat position with your hands in front you in an athletic stance. Alternate sides and step to your right against the band. Step out five times on each side and repeat up to 10 reps.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another cool brand of personal care products to our customers: Mountaineer Brand.
Mountaineer Brand offers 100% natural beard care, shaving and body care products which contains nothing fancy, just real products for real people. The company uses high-quality, 100% natural ingredients without chemicals or fragrances to create a variety of beard balms, washes, oils and shaving products.
Striving to provide a luxury experience without the financial sacrifice, Mountaineer Brand is dedicated to simplicity and value and the products do not contain anything artificial, no chemicals, no fragrance, and no compromise. The packaging is also simple, skipping the decorative bottles and other unnecessary packaging.
Mountaineer Brand started in 2013 by Eric Young, who personally researches and develops his product with a passion that can be seen in his work. Meredith Young, Eric’s younger sister and business partner, shares his enthusiasm and drive to create and share something beautiful.
Mountaineer Brand was born after Eric struggled to find quality beard care products at a price that he could easily work into his already tight budget. Although it started with beard care, the company has recently begun to develop a line to include body care products. Mountaineer Brand is dedicated to bringing high-end, 100% natural products to the market at a price the average wage earner can afford.
Pink – it’s either Spring or it’s October! In this case, we’re talking about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us are aware we should be checking for breast cancer, but do you? And have you read up on some of the latest news and findings?
Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,600 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.
First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breasts? Young boys and girls both have breast tissue that includes ducts. Once puberty begins, while girls will continue to develop, male hormones such as Testosterone suppress the growth of breast tissue, however, it still exists. Male breast cancer has the same causes as for women, higher levels of estrogen, family history, genetics, lifestyle or other exposures.
Although a large percentage of breast cancers for women and men are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background. Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene). BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for approximately 20-25 of hereditary breast cancers. Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast (including male or female) and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. If you’re concerned, seek a genetic counselor to find out more. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated. Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms or breast MRIs (yes, men can have these and should do self exams!). These are important tools for early detection.
There are many new types of hormone therapy used to prevent estrogen from binding to estrogen receptor positive cancer. New studies discuss remaining on treatment from 5 to now 10 years. Learning more about your type of cancer, the Oncotype DX and MammaPrint, help to determine the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease. This is important information for the plan of treatment. PARP inhibitors have recently been studied to be helpful against some cancers especially that are caused from BRCA mutations.
Lifestyle, the foods we eat (organic, hormone free, etc), less meat, more cruciferous vegetables, the products we put on our body and use around our home (less chemicals) the amount of exercise we get and alcohol intake all may make a difference to our health. It’s important to feel that even though our genetic background may say one thing, we can make certain choices that are in our control.
Spring season brings us hockey playoffs and for many players, and some fans, is the time of the year for an old and fun tradition: the playoff beards.
The superstitious practice of not shaving during the playoffs started by hockey players and it’s now also part of other sports playoffs. It’s not known exactly when and who started this trend, perhaps the New York Islanders in the 80s as a couple of Swedish players part of that team may have been inspired by tennis champion Björn Borg’s custom of not shaving his beard during Wimbledon. The playoff beard is believed to bring good luck to teams, so as the team enters the playoffs, players stop shaving and will not shave until the team is eliminated or wins the hockey final game of the Stanley Cup.
However, for many man, a beard is not about “not shaving” and letting the facial hair grow out. It’s much more than that. A beard means many different things. Some men may have it for cultural-religious tradition, while some others believe it to be fashion. Some men think a beard can show virility or strength, while others may think it can be classy or show high social status. No matter what your reason or believe, maintaining a beard requires some work as trimming, cleaning and treating hair is essential to keep it healthy and in good shape.
Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands so our customers can discover these fantastic new products at great prices. The latest “Lucky Addition” is a premium natural men’s grooming line: ManCave.
ManCave offers supreme-performance, natural men’s grooming range with a premium fragrance. Taking the grooming regime to a whole new style, ManCave is inherently masculine, sporty yet modern with a touch of humor. Launched in the UK in December 2012, the company ensures the line clearly communicates functionality and effective formulations at prices within reach of every male demographic.
ManCave products are paraben, sulphates (SLS SLES), petrochemical and synthetic dye free, as well as vegan, and are made with only naturally derived GMO-free ingredients. The formulations include prestige ingredients and enriching bioactives with 8-12 essential oils. The company’s recipe for success could be summarized as follows: first start with a natural active ingredient, such as the effective amino L-Arginine. Follow up with 12 essential oils, then complete each product with a signature key ingredient, ranging from caffeine, panthenol, shea butter, borage oil to the captivating scent of cedarwood.
ManCave was created after a two-year painstaking development process, focused on replacing man-made chemicals with a precise amalgamation of natural ingredients, all while using the most sustainable sources of production. The result is ManCave, an essential natural men’s grooming range free from skin-unfriendly ingredients.
A very special soap product which can be used for very special conditions. That’s a good way to describe pine tar soaps. This old fashioned personal care item has been used for centuries to promote a variety of health benefits but what exactly is pine tar?
Pine tar is an all-natural substance that results from burning the wood of pine trees. Originally used in the Scandinavian countries, the first use of this unique product was to protect wood from the harsh winter conditions as well as to preserve the bottoms of Nordic skis.
Known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, pine tar soaps have been used for its medicinal benefits in the treatment of skin conditions for years. Pine tar soap has been proven effective in soothing psoriasis and eczema, reducing itching of the scalp due to dandruff, easing inflammation of the body, relieve itching associated with bug bites, and treating other skin irritations. It is also useful to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy.
Pine tar, as well as pine oil, has a strong smell and when it is combined with other scented oils, such as essential oils, creates a great product for use on the body. Considered by many an excellent product for bathing, showering, shaving and shampooing, pine tar can clean, moisturize and deodorize.
Pine tar has been traditionally associated with homemade, organic, and natural soap-making. Additionally, pine tar soap is a vegetable based product that does no harm to the environment.
The testosterone debate never ends. Rightfully so. Testosterone is a major hormone in every men’s life impacting health, fertility, physical activity, confidence, self-esteem and many other conditions. Testosterone levels decline with age, known as hypogonadism, causing a variety of health problems. In order to help you understand a little more about it, here’s a list of what you need to know about testosterone.
1. Overweight Affects Testosterone Levels
Extra body weight has a significant impact on testosterone levels. The extra fat uses testosterone, removing if from the blood and reducing energy and libido. Fat around the abdomen is believed to extract the most testosterone, so make sure to exercise and stay lean and fit, or, at least, not too fat.
2. Low Testosterone Affect All Ages
Yes, it’s more common as men age, but a drop in testosterone levels can start as early as men in their 20s as well as teenagers. Common symptoms for a drop in testosterone include feeling tired, weak, and depressed but the most common and noticeable one is decline in sex drive.
3. Testosterone Treatment
Testosterone supplements can be an excellent option for men of any age who have below-normal levels. Regular supplementation can avoid a variety of health issues such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
4. Exercise Helps
Moderate exercise helps but isn’t the only way to fix the problem. Exercising can boost testosterone levels to a certain degree, preventing extra fat, as discussed above, an issue to maintain healthy levels. Low testosterone makes it harder to exercise on a regular basis due to lack of energy and stamina which can lead to a vicious cycle of inactivity and reduced hormone levels.
Every month it seems is an “awareness” month and October is one of the biggest with “Pinktober” where everything feels like it turns pink! Since most of us are already aware of women and breast cancer, we want to expand your awareness so you know there is more than women and pink. There are men too!
Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease. Although a large percentage of breast cancers are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background. Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene). 50% of BRCA carriers are male! In general there is a 1% chance of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer (1 in 1000) however this percentage increases up to 7% if a man is a carrier of the gene mutation.
There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.
First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breast? Aren’t they just pecs?!
Is there a family history of breast and other cancers as most don’t equate this with a male breast cancer risk. Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated. Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms (yes men can have a mammogram and should do self exams!) are important tools for early detection. Unfortunately since no is checking, men are often diagnosed far too late.
In addition to knowing your risk factors, changes in your diet, supplementation, exercise programs and meditation may also help. Choosing more organic foods with little to no hormones added has been found to be helpful as breast cancer is often hormonally driven in men. A diet filled with organic cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale along with berries can also be beneficial. Since we can’t always eat our nourishment, taking additional supplements or choosing green powders for drinks can help get the proper daily intake as well as supplements such as Vitamin D, Turmeric, Green Tea and natural products that works as an anti-inflamatory or antioxidants.
So this month while everything is turning pink, think about turning your lifestyle a little green. Now that you’re aware, become educated with your genetic background, know your risk and make healthier choices. And remember this month it’s not just about the women, it’s about the men too!
For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/
With breast cancer awareness month starting October 1st pretty soon we will start seeing shades of pink everywhere we look. However, we must also not forget about the color blue, as breast cancer can affect men as well. Lucky Vitamin wanted to raise awareness this month by talking about the importance and proper ways to perform a Breast Self Exam (BSE). Both women and men should be performing routine monthly BSE’s. Early detection remains the primary defense available to patients in preventing the development of life threatening breast cancer.
Importance Of Performing An Exam
The breast self-exam is not used as a screening tool to diagnose cancer, however women & men starting at the age of 20 should begin to become familiar with the way their breast look and feel normally. This is important so that they can note any changes to their breasts early on. Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important. Although women or men may find a lump while lathering up in the shower, or have a dimple pointed out by their significant other it is important to know how your breasts look and feel usually. The BSE is a great tool for developing that “baseline” and establishing what lumps and bumps are normal.Make sure to always alert your health care provider immediately if you note any changes.
Some Helpful Breast Cancer Statistics
About 1 in 8 US. Women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life.
About 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2013. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. However if they have a BRCA-2 mutation that lifetime risk increases to 6%.
In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 64,640 additional cases of non-invasive breast cancer
About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
In 2013, approximately 39,620 women are expected to die from breast cancer and it is estimated that about 410 men will also die.
What To Look For When Performing The Exam
A lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area.
Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
Change in size or shape of the breast
Dimpling or puckering of the skin
Itchy, scaly sore, or rash on the nipple
Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.
Best Time To Perform A Breast Self Exam
If you still menstruate, the best time to do BSE is when your breasts are least likely to be tender or swollen, such as 3-5 days after your period ends
If you no longer menstruate, or are a male, pick a certain day—such as the first day of each month—this will help you to remind yourself to perform your BSE
How To Perform The Exam
In front of a mirror
Step 1: Begin by standing in front of a mirror with your arms at your side and visually inspect each breast. With your hands on your hips tighten your chest muscles and continue to inspect yourself. Watch for any changes such as dimpling, swelling and areas around the nipple or if the nipple becomes inverted. Raise your arms above your head and continue to examine your breast and arm pit areas.
Step 2: If feeling the right breast, bend your right arm behind your head as if reaching for the opposite shoulder blade (switch to do the left breast). Move around the breast in a circular motion with the pads of your first three fingers. You can perform this in either an up and down method, a circular or a wedge pattern, but try to be consistent using the same method each time. In addition, check the nipple area for any discharge. Make sure to complete on both breasts.
In the Shower:
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
In addition to standing or in the shower, you can also examine your breasts lying down. To do so, place a pillow under your right shoulder and bend your right arm over your head. Then, with the fingertips on your left hand, begin checking by pressing all areas of the breast and armpit. Once completed on the right, move the pillow to under your left shoulder and repeat the same process.
Read on to learn something most people and medical professionals don’t know or talk about…
Let’s face it, if you’re a man you probably tune all the “pink stuff” this month right out! But what if the pink ribbon had a little BLUE in it? Then would you notice it? Do men even know they have breast tissue? And if so, how many of you really DO anything with this awareness?
Ask yourself these questions and see how educated you really are?
(Questions below should be answered by both men and women);
Do you know or talk about a family history of ALL cancers for both genders?
Do you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer?
Do you (men and women) perform a self breast exam once a month?
Have you changed or improved your diet or nutritional intake to increase prevention?
Do you fit in at least 3-5 hours of exercise a week?
How much alcohol is “ok” to consume if you’re concerned about breast cancer?
Has anyone in your family (men and women) been tested for the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) mutation?
If you have family members (with or without a gene mutation) with Prostate, Ovarian, Melanoma, Pancreatic and other cancers does this increase your risk of Breast Cancer?
Does your family doctor, gynecologist or urologist talk to you about your risks due to a family history of cancer(s)?
Does your doctor perform a routine breast exam if you’re a man? If not, who is checking you for this if you do have a family history?
Can a man have a mammogram?
Do men have breasts?
Most of us know the stats on breast cancer in women (1 in 8 women will be diagnosed) but do you know;
This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
50% of the worlds BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) carriers are male and there is an increased risk from 1% closer to 6% of a diagnosis as a male if a carrier of the BRCA gene.
Percentage fatality rate is often higher for men diagnosed with breast cancer as usually no one is checking, men don’t notice the symptoms, men are not aware they can be diagnosed with breast cancer and are not screened on a regular basis with the current insurance regulations.
Male breast cancer treatment consist of mastectomy due to limited amount of tissue and often followed with some or all; radiation therapy, chemo therapy and hormone therapy
This October, we need to stretch the boundaries of breast cancer awareness to include men and really help educate. Let’s add some blue to the pink and help men to learn they too can be affected by this disease. Men need to know they do have breasts and what their risk factors are. Women need to be informed not just for themselves, their sisters or daughters but for their husbands, brothers and sons. Let’s show what awareness is really all about and educate all genders.
For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/
Did you know if you live until 2050, some scientists believe you may not need to get older?
Granted, there are wonderful things about aging: wisdom, experience, lasting friendships or retirement (even getting closer to it!). But in an ideal world, there wouldn’t be a decline in immune function, fine lines or wrinkles, memory loss and slower movement to go with it. Luckily for us, it may not have to.
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Aftershave products are one of the best ways to keep you skin smooth and soft. Some men may have to shave every day and the skin often gets rough and dry. That’s the perfect situation to add aftershave products to your shopping list.
Aftershave lotions and gels have long been a popular product among men as these specially developed products have the ability of soothing, nourishing and healing skin after shaving is completed. Aftershave products can offer additional benefits other than moisturize your skin and minimize the harm of shaving. Regular use of aftershave products can be very helpful to keep the skin pores clean and prevents them from getting blocked with bacteria. Blockage of tiny pores is the main reason for acnes and other skin irritations.
Today, several aftershave products are created with important ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes that nourish and soothe razor burn. Some products also offer antiseptic and astringent properties that calm small shaving wounds.
Lastly, pleasant fragrance is another great reason to benefit from using aftershave gels. Many products are created with wonderful perfumes and can provide a mild to significant fragrance which can be very nice for several occasions. It’s important to remember that a good number of aftershave lotions and gels contain alcohol which may be an issue for sensitive skin and can cause irritation. You should consider your skin type in order to know best aftershave for your face.
Prostate health is an important subject for men over 40, the average age when men normally start having prostate problems such as prostate infection, BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), and prostatitis. These problems are caused by an enlarged prostate and common symptoms include urination problems, lower back pain, dysuria, and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Additionally, preventive measures may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
A recent Italian study concluded that saw palmetto definitely has a positive impact on the symptoms of those who are suffering from BPH. Italian researchers found that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels showed a stabilizing or downward trend with regular use of saw palmetto. Measuring PSA levels helps indicate potential prostate problems, such as BPH. Overall there was also a substantial decrease in the amount of patients presenting severe prostatic symptoms with the use of saw palmetto. Researchers concluded that saw palmetto could help in treating the side effects of BPH.
However, saw palmetto is not alone as you can quickly list other natural supplements designed to improve overall health of the prostate gland and also decrease the risk of the development of prostate disorders. Herbs such as nettel root, pygeum, lycopene, red clover, and green tea (EGCG) have also shown positives results in studies to support prostate health. Nettle root is an effective natural supplement for prostate health as regular supplementation reduces obstruction of urinary flow. Pygeum improves urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. Found in tomatoes, Lycopene contains powerful antioxidants and is a natural solution for prostate health. Red clover contains an antioxidant that fights cancerous growth and inhibits DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) formation. Lastly, green tea (EGCG) may prevent prostate cancer by acting as a natural inhibitor of an enlarged prostate.
Natural supplements to treat BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia, have been top selling items at Lucky Vitamin, with an impressive number of consumers reporting they are from happy to completely satisfied with the results. Several products have positive reviews online as well.
BPH, or commonly known as enlarged prostate, is a non-malignant enlargement of the prostate gland, characterized by frequent urges to urinate. A man with BPH has to urinate more often, especially at night, and experiences less force and caliber while urinating. If the prostate enlarges too much, urination is difficult or impossible, and the risk of urinary tract infection and kidney damage increases.
Natural supplements for prostate support can help to relieve prostate pressure. Several ingredients have been shown to produce results, particularly saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, rye pollen extract, nettle, garlic, pumpkin seeds, and pygeum. Herbal supplements are considered an alternative medical treatment for BPH. However, men wishing to take them should be monitored by a physician.
Saw palmetto supplements have become the leading natural treatment for BPH. When used regularly, this herbal extract has been shown to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to its more active form, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Studies have shown that saw palmetto extract taken twice daily reduced nighttime urination in 73% of patients and improved urinary flow rates significantly. Saw palmetto may be as effective as drugs without side effects, such as loss of libido.
Another popular supplement is beta-sitosterol, a compound found in many edible plants. Reports show that men taking beta-sitosterol had a significant improvement in urinary flow and an improvement in symptoms.
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