I just read online that Beta-Sitosterol encourages the growth of cancer cells. I've been giving this to my husband for a long time now, along with Saw Palmetto, as a preventative for any prostate problems in the future.
What are your feelings about this, should I be concerned and stop the use of it? Thanks.
Thanks very much for the article liverock, it's much appreciated. This was what I read today, with the link....
Quote: QUESTION: Please send information! I have had chronic prostatitis for almost 10 years.
I am 59. Why do you say to avoid cinnamon if there are prostate problems. Others
I have read recommend cinnamon to enhance blood circulation, which should
aid the prostate.
ANSWER: Since you didn't give me the context of the answer on prostate issues and cinnamon, I have to assume that I was referring to prostate cancer and not just prostate problems. Cinnamon, as well as the ginsengs, cordyceps, ephedra, epimedium, sarsaparilla and horsetail contain high amounts of a chemical called betasitosterol, which has been shown to encourage the growth of prostate cancer cells. Those suffering from or recovering from prostate cancer should avoid these herbs. Of course, if they encourage the growth of those types of cells, I'd imagine you'd want to avoid them anyway. That's why it's dangerous to self medicate. Just because an herb has certain qualities, (Others I have read recommend cinnamon to enhance blood circulation, which should aid the prostate.)doesn't mean that other considerations can be forgotten.
Thanks Arrow and liverock! Folks like me who don't have very much expertise in these areas can surf the web and come across all kinds of unsettling information.
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