Posts tagged natural support
Functional Support for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common and progressive condition that generally occurs in men over the age of 50 and typically includes lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).  It has been suggested that the increased aromatase activity (an adrenal enzyme that converts androstenedione and estrone to estrogen) found in the aging male alters estrogen levels, enlarging the prostate and leading to obstruction of the bladder, urination retention, and if left untreated, kidney disease (1).  Diet and exercise, dietary supplements, and some botanical medicines have shown promise to manage symptoms, improve flow rate, reduce disease progression, and thus improve quality of life. 

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Dietary Intervention for Calcium-Based Kidney Stones

Renal calculi, or kidney stones, are crystal aggregates composed of organic and inorganic materials, several of which are typical solutes in urine composition.  Stone formation generally occurs when the urine becomes supersaturated with a specific solute such as calcium, uric acid, or struvite.  Calcium-based stones are the most common, comprising about 80% of cases in the United States  High incidence of calcium-based stones in affluent societies is directly linked to certain dietary patterns, which likely contribute to the increasing prevalence of kidney stones.  These factors include low intakes of dietary fiber, fluid, citric acid and dietary calcium, as well as high intakes of dietary oxalates.

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