For Prostate Health

What is Pygeum?

Pygeum (prunus africanum) is an evergreen tree native to African forest regions. It is also known as an African plum tree or African cherry tree. However, the tree's bark contains the powerful ingredient of pygeum extract, an herbal supplement used for medicinal purposes.

The herb is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is often used for urinary problems and prostate gland inflammation in men. For centuries, people have looked to the medicinal and healing properties of pygeum for prostate health benefits that may result from inflammation.

Mortar and pestle containing the bark of pygeum for prostate health

Pygeum extract can be found in various forms, but it is generally packaged as an herbal supplement in capsules, pills, powder, or tea. Pygeum extract can be found in men's prostate health supplements or other herbal supplements that promote urinary tract health.

Pygeum For Men

Pygeum has been used in African herbal medicine for over a century, and to this day, men still seek out the anti-inflammatory properties of the natural extract via herbal supplements. Most supplements on the market today use the extract of pygeum bark, but this was not always the case. Before the extract, the tree's bark was turned into powder form and consumed as a tea that provided relief from urinary or prostate problems in men.

Pygeum prostate health supplements may help to reduce symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Symptoms of BPH generally include frequent urination, night urination, incontinence, pain, and inflammation. Although BPH does not cause prostate cancer, the two conditions can coexist. Researchers have also found evidence to believe that pygeum’s BPH benefits may also protect against cancerous prostate cells.

Many scientists and researchers believe that the active chemicals within pygeum help control testosterone levels in men that may reduce the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an endogenous androgen sex steroid and hormone. There have also been studies that have shown that pygeum acts on the androgen receptors that control prostate size and growth.

Are There Any Side Effects?

One of the main benefits of pygeum is that there are very few side effects that have been reported by users who have taken the supplement. Mild symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, and constipation.

Although there has been no evidence to suggest that saw pygeum extract might cause an interaction with any medication, you should always talk to your doctor before starting any supplement.

Why We Included it in Prost-P10x

While formulating our advanced men’s prostate health supplement, we knew that we had to use the best clinically proven ingredients to promote prostate health, which is why we made sure to include pygeum.

Prost-P10x contains pygeum and other vitamins and minerals that support prostate health to promote healthy prostate size, normal urination flow, and general inflammation support in men.

Clinical Trials For Pygeum

Several studies over the last few decades have shown the benefits of pygeum for prostate health. Below is an abstract from a study called “Pygeum africanum for benign prostatic hyperplasia” by T. Wilt, A. Ishani, R. MacDonald, I. Rutks, and G. Stark.

“A total of 18 randomized controlled trials involving 1562 men met inclusion criteria and were analyzed. Only one of the studies reported a method of treatment allocation concealment, though 17 were double-blinded. There were no studies comparing Pygeum africanum to standard pharmacologic interventions such as alpha-adrenergic blockers or 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. The mean study duration was 64 days (range, 30-122 days). Many studies did not report results in a method that permitted meta-analysis. Compared to men receiving placebo, Pygeum africanum provided a moderately large improvement in the combined outcome of urologic symptoms and flow measures as assessed by an effect size defined by the difference of the mean change for each outcome divided by the pooled standard deviation for each outcome (-0.8 SD [95% confidence interval (CI), -1.4, -0.3 (n=6 studies)]). Men using Pygeum africanum were more than twice as likely to report an improvement in overall symptoms (RR=2.1, 95% CI = 1.4, 3.1). Nocturia was reduced by 19%, residual urine volume by 24% and peak urine flow was increased by 23%. Adverse effects due to Pygeum Africanum were mild and comparable to placebo. The overall dropout rate was 12% and was similar between Pygeum Africanum (13%), placebo (11%) and other controls (8%)”

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews vol. 1998,1 (2002)