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Prostate 101: Know the Facts

Until something goes wrong, men are mostly clueless about their prostate. This complex gland is vital to men’s health and procreation.

Do you know the ten functions of the prostate?

Here they are:

1. Gland. Up to one-third of the alkaline fluid in semen ejaculate is produced and secreted by the prostate.
2. Blender. To successfully journey into the acidic vaginal environment, sperm and fluid from the testicles are mixed with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) fluid.
3. Muscle. Because the prostate forcefully pumps semen into the cervix of the vagina to enable procreation, it’s also considered a muscle.
4. Sensation. The pumping action causes an amazing sensation for men that encourages sex and procreation.
5. Pleasure Center. Yes, the prostate is the male’s G-spot! It can be stimulated to produce very strong responses.
6. Filtration. The prostate filters and removes toxins to keep sperm viable and healthy. Toxins come from food, environment, and lifestyle choices.
7. Erections. Nerves alongside the prostate help the penis swell and harden.
8. Secretions. The prostate does its best to protect the urethra from outside invaders.
9. Valves. By virtue of its location just below the bladder, the prostate has two sphincter muscles that act as gatekeepers preventing urine from mixing with ejaculate during orgasm.
10. Hormones. The prostate produces a crucial enzyme named 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts the body’s testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone essential to sexual drive. Toxin overload can effectively reduce this enzyme’s production.
As men age, prostate issues can arise.

Luckily to support a healthy prostate, QOL offers ProstaCell®, formulated by Dr. Aaron E. Katz, a noted clinical investigator, author of Dr. Katz’s Guide to Prostate Health and presently Chairman of Urology at NYU Winthrop Hospital. This supplement has two important actions. First, it protects prostate cells, with red clover isoflavones and vitamin D. Did you know the average Japanese man consumes an estimated 200 mg of isoflavones per day, compared with the measly 5 mg consumed by the typical American man? A recent human clinical trial found that isoflavones protect the DNA of prostate cells from hormone-associated changes.* Second, it supports a strong urinary flow, with herbal extracts of saw palmetto, pygeum and nettle.* All three of these herbs have been clinically studied and are provided in the exact dosages validated by research.

Prostate health is influenced by factors outside of our control -- increasing age, race, and family genetics. But we can change habits and make better lifestyle choices. Consider what you eat, be more physically active, maintain a healthy weight, get regular physical exams and limit exposure to known toxins like tobacco, alcohol and unprotected UV radiation.

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