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Studies Show Lycopene is Ineffective For Enlarged Prostate

Jul 29, 2008
Once an individual is diagnosed with having an enlarged prostate, there are several treatments available today. While some of these treatments are through a physician, some are also natural.

However, one of these natural remedies or treatments is known as saw palmetto. Scientifically, saw palmetto has the ingredient known as Lycopene. When men suffer from BPH or benign prostate hypertrophy, which is an enlarged prostate, the approach of natural treatments can sometimes be in vain.

Although Lycopene has some of the natural causes to reduce the pain or discomfort of an enlarged prostate, it will not cure the enlarged prostate as many individuals assume.

Studies have proven that in those individuals who have used Lycopene as a treatment, after a certain amount of time will no longer feel the Lycopene as easing the discomfort. Instead, the side effects cause more discomfort. For example, when urinating using Lycopene causes a burning sensation as well as having the enlarged prostate. The Lycopene does not reduce the size of the enlarged prostate whatsoever. These studies concluded that Lycopene, also known as saw palmetto, causes more discomfort to an individual, and more harm than good.

And yet, there are those individuals that insist the Lycopene is effective and useful for a healthy prostate. Unfortunately, that is the misconception. It is effective for a prostate, which is if the prostate is already healthy. The ingredients found in Lycopene, or saw palmetto, are natural ingredients or herbs that assist in the health of the prostate.

However, as far as reducing the size of an enlarged prostate it does not help according to research. In some situations, individuals who use Lycopene for longer periods of time with an already enlarged prostate literally cause the condition or discomfort to be worse. The conditions often tend to be more intense; frequent burning sensations when urinating, frequently urinating, abdominal pain, and other side effects.

Researchers are not telling individuals that Lycopene doesn't aid in the health of a prostate. Rather, these researchers who have done several studies are telling individuals that Lycopene does not aid in the treatment of an enlarged prostate.

In addition, individuals that disagree with the studies and research have not used the Lycopene enough to feel or see the results from long-term use. However, according to these studies the effects will show eventually.

In very few cases did the Lycopene actually have any real impact on the enlarged prostate. The enlarged prostate already diagnosed by a physician is going to give the individual discomfort and pain. And studies show for a short time the Lycopene eases the discomfort, only to produce more discomfort after a long period of use.

These studies suggest that there are many alternatives for treatment of an enlarged prostate, and when an individual is diagnosed with an enlarged prostate the best suggestion is the advice of the physician. Lycopene is only temporary and has been proven ineffective for the enlarged prostate in many ways. There are several web sites and pamphlets that discuss the ineffectiveness of Lycopene for the enlarged prostate as well. This informs individuals who do have an enlarged prostate of the pros and cons of using Lycopene as treatment.
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