Garlic Shown to Prevent Prostate Enlargement

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Garlic taken for four weeks reduced prostate size and inflammatory markers in a testosterone-induced rat model of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The findings indicate that the herb might be a safe and non-toxic option to prevent prostate growth in men with BPH.

The herb has been used as a remedy for thousands of years, and modern research shows that garlic can prevent excessive blood fats, and has anti-inflammatory and heart-protective properties. Recent studies also indicate that it might have anticancer properties by halting cell growth and inducing cell death, making it an interesting substance to study in BPH, particularly since chronic inflammation is believed to be a contributor to prostate growth.

An earlier study showed that men with BPH who regularly consumed garlic extract improved several disease parameters, including urinary flow and prostate symptom scores. Using a rat model of BPH induced by an injection of testosterone, researchers from Sangji University, Korea fed rats garlic powder or the BPH drug finasteride, used as a positive control. Their study, “Anti-Proliferation Effects of Garlic (Allium sativum L.) on the Progression of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia,” demonstrated that the herbal remedy was as effective in reducing prostate weight as finasteride.


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Marta graduated from Universidade Fernando Pessoa in Porto with a degree in Communication Sciences and a Masters degree in New Communication Technologies. She has experience in social media, worked with several media channels, and has also worked as a freelance photographer and a graphic artist for almost 10 years.

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