“The prostate in men appears to enlarge with age, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Because the prostate is at the start of the urethra, the conducting tube from the bladder to pass urine, the symptoms are all related to the urinary tract–urinary frequency, urgency, night-time awakening to empty bladder, hesitancy and reduce force of urine.
Zinc appears to be an important mineral to reduce the size of the prostate, probably due to its role in hormones. The old folk remedy of eating 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds each day is sound because of the high content of zinc in the seeds. Saw palmetto and pygeum africanum are herbs that also help reduce the size of the prostate and the associated symptoms. ” Michael T. Murray, ND, The Healing Power of Herbs