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Prostate health

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A combination of cernitin, saw palmetto, B-sitosterol and vitamin E, when taken for three months, can significantly lessen nocturia frequency and enhance overall prostate health while causing no adverse effects, Harry Preuss, MD, et al., Georgetown University Medical Center, conclude in an abstract presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Nutrition. In a randomized, double-blind trial, investigators studied 70 patients in the verum group and 57 in a placebo group, all of whom were diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia and had no evidence of cancer. Subjects in the natural products group demonstrated significant decreases in nocturia and daytime frequency and greater improvement in total AUA Symptom Index scores compared to the placebo arm. PSA measurements, maximal and average urinary flow rates and residual volumes showed no statistically significant differences. Preuss previously has voiced support for a health claim petition for saw palmetto extract and symptoms of mild benign enlarged prostate (1"The Tan Sheet" May 31, p. 8)

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