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Old 04-07-2009, 06:18 PM
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Question Beta-Sitosterol for prostate

Anyone believe there's a benefit of taking Beta-Sitosterol along with a Saw Palmetto/Saw Palmetto complex for prostate health?
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:26 AM
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Both Beta-Sitosterol and Saw Palmetto are good for the prostate but BS is far more effective in relieving benign prostate enlargement,along with zinc and pumpkin seeds.

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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.
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I dont know where you read that. Beta-Sitosterol has been shown to kill off androgen dependant prostate cancer cells, not cause them. Studies have also shown it can kill breast cancer cells as well.

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2005/...rostate_01.htm
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I dont know where you read that. Beta-Sitosterol has been shown to kill off androgen dependant prostate cancer cells, not cause them. Studies have also shown it can kill breast cancer cells as well.

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2005/...rostate_01.htm
Thanks very much for the article liverock, it's much appreciated. This was what I read today, with the link....

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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.

http://www.herbnet.com/ask%20the%20h...ale_issues.htm
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I think this guy is ill informed an all the herbs he states can cause cancer!

Although all of these may not be well indicated for cancer I doubt they will cause cancer.
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I dont understand this man's logic. I dont know why he is recommending Pygeum and Saw Palmetto to somebody with prostatitis (in his previous answer), if he thinks Beta-Sitosterol can cause cancer.

Pygeum and Saw palmetto both contain Beta-Sitosterol. I think he is a little mixed up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Sitosterol

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Beta Sitosterol is widely distributed in the plant kingdom and found in black cumin seed[1] Nigella Sativa, pecans, Serenoa repens (saw palmetto), avocados, Curcurbita pepo (pumpkin seed), Pygeum africanum, cashew fruit, rice bran, wheat germ, corn oils, soybeans, sea-buckthornwolfberries and Wrightia tinctoria
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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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