Resveratrol is a plant-based antioxidant found in a variety of foods and beverages, including red wine and grapes, blueberries, cranberries, peanuts, and pistachios. This compound has health benefits for its plant sources and scientists have wondered whether it might have similar benefits for humans.
Researchers have investigated resveratrol’s possible role in reducing the size of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia – BPH).
As men get older, it’s common for their prostate gland to grow larger. Sometimes, the excess prostate tissue squeezes the urethra – the tube that semen and urine use to exit the body – and this can lead to trouble urinating.
Scientists have discovered that resveratrol can reduce prostate enlargement in animals. They have also been able to halt prostate tissue growth outside the body in a lab. However, it was unclear whether it would work for men with BPH.
In May 2015, The Prostate published the findings of Danish researchers who studied resveratrol in a sample of 66 middle-aged men. All of the men had metabolic syndrome, which can include high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and obesity.
The men’s prostate sizes were measured at the beginning of the study. For the next four months, the men took resveratrol supplements (either 150 mg or 1,000 mg).
At that time, the prostates were measured again. But the sizes did not change.
The authors concluded that resveratrol would not be helpful in treating BPH.
Men who are concerned about prostate health should talk to their doctor, especially if they are having trouble urinating.
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