MPC

Man

Maximum Prostate Care Supplement

MPC™ (Maximum Prostate Care) combines nine potent herbs that work synergistically with each other and two selected nutrients in a formulation designed to safely, naturally and effectively promote prostate health.The use of selected herbs to bolster prostate health is becoming more popular. Taking MPC™ is smart, preventive action to strengthen and promote a healthy prostate. Don't wait; act!

The Challenge Of Prostate Health


The prostate is a major male sex gland that, along with the testes, produces a fluid which comprises semen, the reproductive fluid vehicle for sperm. About the size of a walnut, it is located beneath the bladder and envelopes the upper section of the urethra, a tube conduit in the penis that transports both urine from the bladder and semen from the sex glands. The prostate is affected by stimulation from male sex hormones, especially testosterone produced by the testicles. These hormones prompt the prostate's activity and the replacement of prostate cells as they age.
The prostate gland is a primary center from which men derive their sexual energy and vitality. One's quality of life and overall health is drastically limited without the prostate gland. This is why it is important to educate yourself on the prostate's importance, function and how you can take care of it now, before trouble starts. Regular prostate check-ups for men once they reach the age of 40 are encouraged by medical professionals.
Infection, enlargement and cancer are the three main problems that afflict the prostate. Prostate infections, referred to as prostatitis, are fairly common in men beginning in the teen years. Prostatitis is rather difficult to treat because the severity and the length of the infection varies according to the individual, and symptoms can include urination or sexual difficulties. Prostate enlargement, referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is frequently the result of prostatitis. BPH leads to the obstruction of the urethra and associated urinary problems. Chronic, long-term BPH leads to a host of complications, and greatly lessens a man's quality of life.
That's why it is crucial to take an involved and positive approach to long-term prostate strength and health. It's no longer necessary to just "live with" prostate difficulties - you can now take natural and effective action.


Prostate Difficulties Are Prevalent In Men

The scope of the problem is large and the statistics are rather sobering, but it is a fact of life that cannot be ignored. In the United States, 50% of the male population over the age of 40 suffers from an enlarged prostate gland. Typically starting as an annoying prostate infection, or prostatitis, which is difficult to treat effectively due to variations in severity and length of infection, this enlargement, known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), is characterized by a slow, progressive enlargement of the prostate that obstructs the urethra. BPH symptoms include problems such as frequent urination and difficulty with urination (hesitancy, decreased flow, intermittent stream and caliber of urinary stream).(1)
It is estimated that 50% of American men are afflicted with BPH, with the figure jumping to 80% for men age 80 and over.(2) A doctor should be seen if any of the following symptoms appear: weak or interrupted flow of urine; frequent urination, especially at night; difficulty in urination; pain or burning during urination; blood in the urine, or a nagging pain in the back, hips or pelvis.
Because prostate illnesses are so prevalent in men, it is imperative that every male take affirmative action in understanding them and methods on how one can create natural support for the prostate.

A Natural, Preventive And Positive Approach

Over the years, a variety of natural nutraceuticals have been identified to support prostate help. They include saw palmetto berry, stinging nettles, amino acid complexes and specific nutrients such as zinc and vitamin B6. Widely prescribed pharmaceutical medications for BPH are expensive and have side effects, but saw palmetto and other natural alternatives offer the potential for prostate health at a lower cost.(3) The use of select herbs to foster prostate well-being is very popular in Europe, with a number of successful clinical trials. Such herbs are used in Germany to support prostate health.(4)
MPC™ combines nine synergistic herbs and two selected nutrients that interact to provide you with maximum prostate care and support. Each ingredient alone would not have a significant effect on prostate care, but when taken in combination, there is a significant benefit. Now you can take advantage of these benefits so you will no longer have to "just live" with prostate problems.
Keep in mind that dietary supplements or even medications alone are not the only way to promote a healthy prostate. A sensible diet, regular exercise as well as avoiding cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are elements of a healthy lifestyle that can contribute to healthy prostate maintenance.(5)

Synergistic Herbs And Important Nutrients Make An Effective Formula

Herbs

MPC™ Maximum Prostate Care features several potent and effective herbs that work together synergistically.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum Karst), known as ling-zhi in China, is a variety of mushroom that grows almost exclusively on old plum trees. Used by the Chinese for over two thousand years to treat coronary and circulatory conditions, Reishi has been shown to exhibit anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and bacteriostatic properties.(6, 7, 8)
Baikal Skullcap is a Chinese herb (Scutellaria baicalensis) used for respiratory and digestive ailments. It possesses anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and a compound baicalein that produces anti-allergic and hypotensive (lowered blood pressure) effects.(9)
Dyer's Woad (Isatis indigotica Fort) is another staple of Chinese herbal medicine that features a host of bacteriostatic and anti-viral properties.(10)
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is the fruit of a small shrub palm native to the southeastern United States and was used by Native Americans to treat urinary tract ailments.11 It has been shown in recent studies to have a strong anti-estrogenic effect. This is significant because estrogen plays a role in BPH by preventing the elimination of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which enlarges the prostate.(11) The Journal of the American Medical Association in a review of 18 studies conducted on men with BPH, determined that it was a cost-effective means to promote prostate health.(12)
San-Qui Ginseng (Panax notoginseng) is a variety of ginseng used in Chinese medicine to stem bleeding.13 Studies detail the herb's ability to shorten blood coagulation time, increase coronary blood flow and lessen oxygen use by cardiac muscles, and strengthen the immune system and inhibit tumors.(13)
Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema morifolium Tzvel) has traditionally been used by the Chinese in herbal medicines to treat headaches, dizziness and blurred vision.(14) It exhibits hypertensive, antibacterial and antifungal properties.(15)
Pygeum (Pygeum africanum) is a tall African evergreen tree whose bark has been used for centuries to treat urinary problems.
Rhabdosia (rhabdosia rubesens hara) is a Chinese herb used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine as an analgesic that has shown to promote healthy cell function in recent studies (16,17)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis fisch) is a flovorful root that is a staple in chinee herbal remedies used to support respiration and digestion. Studies have revealed that the herb is a phytoestoestrogen that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy (18)

Nutrients

Selenium is an essential trace mineral with known antioxidant properties, when incorporated into an enzyme and recent studies reveal that it may possess anticarcinogenic properties as well. Similar in function to vitamin E, it has been shown to hinder cell proliferation and strengthen immune response.(19)
Zinc is an important trace mineral found in every cell in the body. Zinc has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers, lessen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and increase sperm count. Deficiencies of the mineral can lead to immune function loss and low sperm count. Zinc plays a part in testosterone physiology, and the prostate has higher concentrations of the mineral than other tissues.(20)

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2. Kelloff, GJ, Lieberman R, Steele VE, et al. "Chemoprevention of Prostate Cancer: Concepts and Strategies." Eur Urol. 1999;35:342-350.
3. Rose Johanne L.Ac. "Natural Support for the Prostate." Clinical Nutrition Insights. Advanced Nutrition Publications, Inc. 1998; Vol. 6, No. 5: 1-4.
4. Buck AC. "Phytotherapy for the Prostate." BR J Urol. 1996; 78:325-336.
5. Foster, Steven. Herbs for Health. Interweave Press, 1996;79.
6. Hsu, Hong-Yen et. al. Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide. Keats. 1986;640-641.
7. Hobbs, C. Medicinal Mushrooms. Botanica Press. 1995;96-107.
8. Hsu, Hong-Yen et. al. Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide. Keats. 1986;165-166.
9. Ibid., 178-179.
10. Murry, Michael. The Healing Power of Herbs, 2nd Edition. Prima Health. 1995;306-313.
11. Wilt, TJ, Ishani, A, Stark, G, et. al. "Saw Palmetto Extracts for Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Systematic Review." Journal of the American Medical Association, November 11. 1998; 280 (18): 1604-1609.
12. Molony, David. The American Association of Oriental Medicine's Complete Guide to Chinese Medicine. Berkeley. 1986; 152-153.
13. Hsu, Hong-Yen et. al. Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide. Keats. 1986; 530-531.
14. Ibid., 70-71.
15. Ody, Penelope. The Complete Medicinal Herbal. DK Publishing. 1993;148.
16.Wang RL, Gao BL, et al."Potentiation by Rabosia Rubescens on Chemotherapy of Advanced Esophageal Carcinoma" Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi, vol. 8, Issue 4, 1986;8:297-299.
17.Gao, ZG, Ye, Qx, Zhang, TM. "Synergistic Effect of Oridonin and Cisplatin on Cytotoxicity and DNA Cross-Link against Mouse Sarcoma S180 Cells in Culture" Zhonghua Yao Li Xue Bao, vol.14, Issue 6. 1993; 14:561-564.
18. Rafi, Mohamed M., Rosen, Robert T, et. al. "Modulation if BCL-2 and Cytotoxicity by Licochalcone-A, A novel Estrogenic Flavonoid" Anticancer Research, 2000; 20:2653-2658.
19. Clark LC, Combs, GF Jr, Turnbull, BW, et al. "Effects of Selenium Supplementation for Cancer Prevention in Patients With Carcinoma of the Skin: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutritional Prevention of Cancer Study Group". Journal of the American Medical Association. 1996; 276:1957-1963.
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