naturopath calgary – Mens health

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We have received many requests to discuss natural approaches to men’s health, including natural remedies for prostate health and impotency, so this post will be devoted to this important, but seldom discussed topic.Men’s Health Issues
When compared to women, men have a shorter life span and also have a higher death rate for each of the top 10 leading causes of death. In the Men’s Health Act of 2003, Congress reported that the life expectancy gap between men and women has increased from one year in 1920 to almost six years in 2001. There are many suspected reasons for this, including diet, attention to health and willingness to take supplements. We suggest visiting  a naturopath or naturopathic Doctor at at least once when you over the age 45
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) men only eat about four-and-a-half servings of fruits and vegetables a day on average and only 4% of men say they eat the nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day recommended as part of an active lifestyle. In addition, men are significantly less likely than women to recognize the health benefits of fruits and vegetables.
Once more, men don’t usually pay attention to their health until something is very wrong. How many times have you seen a man cringing in pain, agony on his face, only to tell you that ‘it’s nothing’ or ‘it’ll go away, just give me a few minutes’? For whatever reason, we just don’t seem to be as ‘in-touch’ with our bodies as women, and we are paying a price for it.
The supplement industry also struggles with men’s health. Women’s health care products are well understood and well marketed; after all, women make 85% of the buying decisions in most households – of course the supplement industry is going to focus on them. But the real challenge is getting the male consumer to understand the direct health benefit of a product and how easy it is to maintain his health. This newsletter will tackle two of the most important areas of concern for aging men: prostate health and sexual function.Prostate Wellness
The prostate is a male sex gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out through the tip of the penis. The prostate gland is responsible for secreting prostatic fluid, which is a major component of male seminal fluid that increases sperm mobility and lubricates the urethra to prevent infection.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the U.S. among men, accounting for 30% of all cancer cases in men. An estimated 180,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and over 30,000 will die.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is another condition affecting the prostate. BPH is a non-cancerous condition where the prostate becomes enlarged. The American Urological Association estimates that half of all men ages 50-60 and up to 90% of men over the age of 80, suffer from BPH. BPH can cause numerous symptoms, including the urge to urinate, incomplete urination, weak urine flow, pressure in the bladder (lower abdomen) and pain in the area between the rectum and the testicles (especially when sitting). Just because BPH and prostate cancer are common does not mean they are inevitable or optimal; you can do many things to minimize the risk of both and avoid all the complications that go along with them.Diet, The Prostate and Male Sexual Health
Diet is probably the most important aspect to regain and maintain optimal overall health. There are specific things men can do to dramatically reduce disorders associated with the prostate, including:Eliminating caffeine (coffee, soda), nicotine (tobacco), saturated fats, fried foods and alcohol. All disrupt normal hormone balance and cause irritation/inflammation of the prostate.Include flaxseed in the diet. Flaxseeds contain a phytonutrient called lignans that can have a balancing effect on hormones essential for men’s health. Grind up 1-2 Tbsp of flaxseed daily (in a coffee grinder) and enjoy in smoothies, over salads, over steamed veggies or on cereal.Eat foods rich in key nutrients for men’s health, including zinc, essential fatty acids, vitamin A, B6, E.Focus on whole foods – vegetables, fruits, whole grains & legumes/beans and minimize processed or refined foods (things in a box can or package).Eat a handful of raw pumpkin seeds daily – pumpkin seeds contain nutrients shown to fight cancer induced prostate enlargement and are a great source of zinc, which is essential to men’s health.Include high quality protein in the diet, especially fish (salmon, tuna steaks, mackerel, halibut, sardines, and trout), chicken, turkey and lean cuts of beef. Make sure the meat is free-range or organic as many meat producers give animals hormones to make them bigger – these are passed on to you and can negatively influence your health.Stress Management
Everybody knows that stress can have a negative impact on our overall health. However, men must be particularly careful, as stress can cause the body to secrete a hormone that can cause the prostate to grow. Every man would benefit from effective stress management and deep breathing exercises. The key is to practice, practice, practice!!Supplemental Support
There are also many herbs that have proven effectiveness in cases of BPH and improved sexual function.Saw Palmetto – has been shown to reduce inflammation, pain and throbbing associated with BPH. Studies have shown that saw palmetto extracts can provide relief from symptoms of BPH comparable to standard prescription medications. Once more, medical doctors in Germany & Italy prescribe saw palmetto extracts ten times more than any synthetic drug like Hytrin, Proscar and Cordura because research indicates it is more effective, safer and less expensive than the pharmaceuticals.Pygeum – has been shown to reduce inflammation, swelling & diminish cholesterol in the prostateTribulus – has been used to help impotency and infertility. It increases libido, improves and prolongs the duration of an erection, increases the mobility of sperm and increases the level of testosterone. Once more, there is no indication of any toxicity when used as an herb.Cowage seed – an extract from cowage seed called mucuna pruriens is often touted as ‘herbal viagra’ in that it improves and increases erection time. It is often used in conjunction with synergistic herbal extracts.Taking the Guesswork Out of Supplementation
We have used the following protocols for many men concerned with prostate health:Wellness Essentials – Provides optimal nutrition in easy-to-use daily packets – take 2 packets daily with meals; contains a full spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral, essential fatty acids and plant based antioxidants essential for men’s health.Prostatrol Forte- contains standardized extracts of saw palmetto and pygeum, as well as zinc and other nutrients for overall prostate health – 1 capsule twice daily with meals
For those wishing to improve libido or sexual function, I would recommend adding:Tribestan – 1 tablet for every 45 lbs. of body weight. Often used for impotency, infertility and athletic performance.
As men, we have to take an honest hard look at ourselves and our health and then make concrete, proactive efforts to insure we can live the life we desire. Mother nature can certainly help, with healthy foods and herbal remedies, but it is up to us to take matters into our own hands and do what we need to do to enjoy the natural path to optimal health. Get started by making some of these dietary and lifestyle changes and use the above supplements to augment your journey along the naturopath to better health.
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The list below will give you some idea on what natural medicines have been proven to work for depression, and which ones haven’t.

SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)
SAMe is commonly known and proven to be as effective as tricyclic antidepressants. It is also known to be effective for


SAMe has been proven to increase serotonin turnover and increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. SAMe is an excellent anti depressant and well researched. There has been no reports of side-effects with its’ use unlike prescription antidepressants. Weight gain is one undesirable side-effect of some prescription antidepressants. For double strength SAMe see
SAMe – 400mgRosenbaum JF, Fava M, Falk WE, et al. The antidepressant potential of oral S-adenosyl-l-methionine. Acta Psychiatr Scand 1990;81:432-6.St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s Wort has long been used as an antidepressant and some people swear by its’ use. In research it has been shown to inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, just as SAMe does.
Recent reveiws of clinical trials involving 5,489 patients showed that St. John’s Wort is equally effective for depression as prescription anti-depressants. It was also noted that less patients withdrew from the trial due to less unwanted side-effects.

Note: St. John’s Wort can cause unwanted side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth and gastrointestinal symptoms. It also can cause drug interactions as it induces the cytochrome P450 3A4. Do not use with oral contraceptives and check with your doctor about other medicines if considering the use of this treatment and depression.

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Solgar’s SFP St. John’s Wort 60VcapsWiley-Blackwell. “St. John’s Wort Relieves Symptoms Of Major Depression, Study Shows.” ScienceDaily 13 October 2008. 19 March 2009 .NADH (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrate)
Research has shown that this product may help memory and concentration but studies have shown that it is not helpful for treatment of depression.

NADH is not a proven natural medicine for depression.Vrecko K, Storga D, Birkmayer JG, et al. NADH stimulates endogenous dopamine biosynthesis by enhancing the recycling of tetrahydrobiopterin in rat phaeochromocytoma cells. Biochim Biophys Acta 1997;1361:59-65.Inositol

Inositol is an isomer of glucose and is found in plant and animal cells.

Research has shown that Inositol is a proven natural medicine for depression as it plays a role in communication between serotonin and norepinephrine. The dosage for effectiveness is 12 grams daily for at least four weeks.

Benjamin J, Agam G, Levine J, et al. Inositol treatment in psychiatry. Psychopharmacol Bull 1995;31:167-75.Phenylalanine

This is an amino acid which is a precursor to tyrosine which is a precursor to dopamine and norepinephrine. When levels are low, depression can be initiated. However, it has been shown that when supplemented, it does not decrease the symptoms of depression.

Stay tune on this one as there is more research currently under way.

Gelenberg AJ, Wojcik JD, Falk WE, et al. Tyrosine for depression: a double-blind trial. J Affect Disord 1990;19:125-32.Fish Oil
Research has shown that taking a dose of 9.6 grams of fish oil a day can improve depression in patients already taking prescription anti-depressants. There is also evidence that EPA on its own at 1 gram daily with prescription medication can help symptoms, but DHA on its’ own does not help.

Note: Check with your doctor before taking fish oil as there can be interactions between drugs such as anticoagulants. Over 3 grams daily of fish oil can increase bleeding. For high dose fish oil see
High Potency Fish Oil Su KP, Huang SY, Chiu CC, Shen WW. Omega-3 fatty acids in major depressive disorder. A preliminary double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2003;13:267-71.DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
DHEA is a hormone that is a precursor to the male and female hormones. DHEA was thought to help depression as levels appeared low in depressed patients. Some research has shown that it can be effective for some people but there are concerns over safety and the rise of hormones and hormone sensitive cancers.

DHEA is not a proven natural medicine for depression.Wolkowitz OM, Reus VI, Keebler A, et al. Double-blind treatment of major depression with dehydroepiandosterone. Am J Psychiatry 1999;156:646-9.Multivitamins
There is little effect on symptoms when supplemented with multivitamins alone.

Research has shown that folic acid may facilitate prescription antidepressants but is not helpful when supplemented alone. I would suggest you take a multivitamin with a good dose of folic acid 500mcg/day.

Passeri M, Cucinotta D, Abate G, et al. Oral 5′-methyltetrahydrofolic acid in senile organic mental disorders with depression: results of a double-blind multicenter study. Aging (Milano) 1993;5:63-71.Saffron (Crocus sativus)

Very early research has been in favour of using saffron for depression. There is little information on how this plant actually works but the research is looking good at a dose of 30mg a day for a minimum of six weeks.

Akhondzadeh S, Tahmacebi-Pour N, Noorbala AA, et al. Crocus sativus L. in the treatment of mild to moderate depression: a double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial. Phytother Res 2005;19:148-51.No Research as Yet
These plants currently have no research completed on them for the treatment of depression.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe)

Lavender ( Lavendula angustifolia)

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)Back to Depression Home Page