HERBS AND NUTRIENTS FOR A HAPPY PROSTATE: SOUTH AFRICAN STAR GRASS AND GREEN TEA
South African Star Grass: Also known by the genus name of Hypoxis rooperi, this plant is found mostly in southern Africa. The extracts are taken from the roots of the plant and are marketed in Germany as Harzol, whereas in South Africa the dried corm material (fleshy, underground stem) is marketed as Prostamin for the treatment of prostate enlargement.
One of the primary compounds in this root is beta-sitosterol, which, as previously discussed, is found in a number of other plants. Glycosides and hypoxoside are other compounds isolated from Hypoxis.
The effective dosages and extracts for Hypoxis have not been evaluated as well as they have for SP. The clinical experience by U.S. doctors with this herb is very limited. Therefore, no definite guidelines about dosages can be given at this time. Whether extracts from Hypoxis are effective in treating BPH are currently not fully determined.
Green tea: Certain compounds within green tea have structures similar to the ellagitannins found in Epilobium, and are also thought to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase.
Over the next few years science will discover dozens of different compounds within herbs that also block the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. In the meantime, go ahead and have a glass or two of this green tea.