Pumpkin for Prostate

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Section: home remedies "When I was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, a friend encouraged me to eat pumpkin seeds regularly. Three months later, I no longer wake up in the middle of the night to urinate."
Adam Gregory, via e-mail

This old remedy seems to be making a comeback, reports Prevention's clinical herbal advisor Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MGPP. "In the early 1900s, pumpkin seed was used to treat enlarged prostate symptoms and other urinary tract complaints."

More than half of US men over age 50 have problems related to enlarged prostate. Termed benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it constricts the urethra, causing discomfort and urinary problems. Today in many parts of Europe, young men start eating pumpkin seeds for prostate protection later in life.

Pumpkin seeds contain protective compounds called phytosterols, which may be responsible for shrinking the prostate, says Schar. They also contain chemicals that may prevent some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are associated with enlarged prostate.

To help prevent BPH, Schar suggests eating a handful (about 1 ounce) of shelled pumpkin seeds three times a week. Pumpkin seeds are sold in health food stores and grocery stores.
Yummy Pumpkin Seed Snack

Combine a handful of pumpkin seeds with a handful of sunflower seeds, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and a dash each of garlic powder and soy sauce. Stir-fry over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until slightly brown.

PHOTO (COLOR): Munch these to sleep through the night

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By Laura Goldstein

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