Prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) are two of the most common prostate diseases among men as they age.
The journal Studies on Biomarkers and New Targets in Aging Research recently published a study revealing that a common household herb successfully treats both.
These researchers reviewed previously published studies on the relationship between turmeric or curcumin supplements and prostate diseases. They found 11 studies with 745 subjects; eight of the studies investigated prostate cancer and three examined other prostate problems.
They reviewed only controlled clinical trials—the strongest form of scientific study—and ignored prospective reviews of records or other types of weaker studies.
They found some promising results:
1. Turmeric/curcumin reduced levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme produced by the prostate gland. A high PSA score can indicate prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate, or a prostate infection.
2. Turmeric/curcumin improved quality of life for people with prostate diseases.
3. Turmeric/curcumin reduced markers of oxidative stress in the prostate.
4. Turmeric/curcumin improved the typical symptoms of an enlarged prostate, such as nighttime urination, a weak urine stream, frequent urination, urgency to urinate, and feelings of incomplete emptying.
5. Turmeric/curcumin had no negative effects on the men who took it.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. So if you’re going for a supplement, I highly recommend you go for curcumin rather than turmeric. And then use turmeric as a spice in your food.