Introduction: Pygeum Africanum is a tree native to Africa, commonly known as African plum or pygeum. The extract from the bark of this tree has been used for centuries in traditional African medicine to treat various health conditions, including prostate problems. Today, Pygeum Africanum extract is widely available as a dietary supplement and is commonly used for prostate health. In this article, we will explore the scientific evidence behind Pygeum Africanum’s benefits for prostate health.
What is Pygeum Africanum Extract?
Pygeum Africanum extract is derived from the bark of the African plum tree (Prunus africana). The extract contains a variety of bioactive compounds, including phytosterols, fatty acids, and triterpenes. The most well-known bioactive compound in Pygeum Africanum extract is beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol that has been shown to have anti- inflammatory and anti-androgenic properties.
Pygeum Africanum Extract and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects men over the age of 50. It is characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland, which can cause urinary problems such as frequent urination, urgency, and difficulty in starting and stopping urination. Pygeum Africanum extract has been extensively studied for its effectiveness in relieving BPH symptoms. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials found that Pygeum Africanum extract significantly improved urinary flow rate, reduced residual urine volume, and improved overall BPH symptoms compared to placebo. Another study showed that Pygeum Africanum extract was as effective as the prescription drug finasteride in improving BPH symptoms.
Pygeum Africanum Extract and Prostate Inflammation
Prostate inflammation, also known as prostatitis, is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes inflamed and swollen. It can cause urinary problems, pain, and discomfort. Pygeum Africanum extract has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation in the prostate gland. A study published in the journal Prostate found that Pygeum Africanum extract reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in the prostate gland of rats with induced prostatitis. Another study showed that Pygeum Africanum extract was effective in reducing pain and inflammation in men with chronic non-bacterial prostatitis.
Pygeum Africanum Extract and Sexual Function
Prostate problems can have a negative impact on sexual function, including erectile dysfunction and decreased libido. Pygeum Africanum extract has been studied for its potential effects on sexual function in men with prostate problems. A study published in the journal Andrologia found that Pygeum Africanum extract improved sexual function in men with chronic prostatitis. Another study showed that Pygeum Africanum extract improved erectile function and sexual satisfaction in men with BPH.
Pygeum Africanum extract is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries to treat various health conditions, including prostate problems. Scientific research has confirmed its effectiveness in improving BPH symptoms, reducing inflammation in the prostate gland, inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer cells, and improving sexual function in men with prostate problems. While more research is needed to fully understand its effects on testosterone levels, Pygeum Africanum extract shows promise as a natural treatment for a variety of prostate-related conditions.
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