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Soy in your Prostate Formula – Should you be concerned?

We often see soy in so many food products. Should we be concerned? Well if you consider that 94 percent of all soy grown in Canada and the United States is brand named “Round-Up Ready Soybeans” the answer would be yes. Many of us are familiar with Round-Up we have used it to kill weeds. “Round-Up Ready Soybeans” is a trademark owned by the Monsanto Corporation. These are soybeans that have bean genetically modified to allow applications of the herbicide Round-up to be applied while they are growing. “Round-Up” is also a trademark owned by the Monsanto Corporation. Here is a quick synopsis of Round-Up from the organization GMO Inside:

“Monsanto invented the herbicide glyphosate and brought it to market under the trade name Roundup in 1974, after DDT was banned. But it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the use of Roundup surged, thanks to Monsanto’s ingenious marketing strategy. The strategy? Genetically engineer seeds to grow food crops that could tolerate high doses of Roundup. With the introduction of these new GE seeds, farmers could now easily control weeds on their corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa crops—crops that thrived while the weeds around them were wiped out by Roundup. http://gmoinside.org/15-health-problems-linked-to-monsantos-roundup-ecowatch/ #stopmonsanto #food #ag #GMOs

The decision to consume soy rests with each of us as individuals.  Consider this image which was recently published.

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Soy sourced Beta-sitosterol is Genetically Modified (GMO)

In 1996 the first GMO (genetically modified) seed crop was invented and that was the soybean.  This GMO soybean  allowed the spraying of the toxic herbicide  “Roundup”.  In prostate health we first want the best ingredients and above all else “to do no harm”.

Ingredients that are free of phyto-estrogens (estrogen – feminizing hormone).  Some plants produce estrogen and hence these are called phyto-estrogens (‘phyto’ meaning plant).  One study in humans documented a 76% reduction in testosterone production in men. [1]  Another study by Nagata C, et al. “Inverse association of soy product intake with serum androgen and estrogen concentrations in Japanese men.” Nutr Cancer 2000; 36(1):14-8. This study in Japanese men showed that increased soy intake was related to decreased testosterone levels. In an additional study in healthy adult males compared a diet containing soy to one using meat as a source of protein. Testosterone levels were significantly lower in the group with a soy diet. In addition the amount of “free” testosterone was reduced by 7% in the soy diet group. [2]

Now more data has come forth with respect to the genetically modified origin of beta-sitosterol from soy sources (2014). The chances that the soy used in sourcing beta-sitosterol is genetically modified is approximately 93% (2014).  The worst part of this information is that this soy is being sprayed with glyphosate or Roundup.  Why is this bad?  Well they are now detecting glyphosate in urine samples.  Please see the attached video below.   This was despite individual’s best attempts to choose organic produce and live a clean life.  I guess all we can do is try our best to do what’s best and make informed choices.

Soy-free non-GMO beta-sitosterol can be found here:    http://www.bestprostate.com

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[1] Zhong, et al. “Effects of dietary supplement of soy protein isolate and low fat diet on prostate cancer.” FASEB J 2000;14(4):a531.11

[2] Habito RC, et al. “Effects of replacing meat with soyabean in the diet on sex hormone concentrations in healthy adult males.” Br J Nutr 2000 Oct;84(4):557-63

What Is Important When Choosing a Prostate Formula

 

It’s so confusing so let’s prioritize what is important.

1.  Saw Palmetto or Beta-sitosterol.

Answer:  Beta-sitosterol – Why?  Because beta-sitosterol has been studied in double-blind placebo controlled clinical studies in peer-reviewed medical publications like Lancet, British Journal of Urology, and the Cochrane Reviews Database.  Information regarding “Beta-sitosterol in BPH” can be found at the National Institutes of Heath website www.nih.gov.  In addition clinical data regarding Saw Palmetto has shown that it is no more effective than a placebo in the New England Journal of Medicine.

2.  Is beta-sitosterol all the same from one product to another?

Answer:  Not at all.  Most prostate formulas use a plant sterol mix and generally they label it as so. Other products use actual beta-sitosterol in a concentrated form that exceeds the 50-55% commonly found in a plant or phyto-sterol complex or mixture.

Most manufacturers use beta-sitosterol from soy as it is common and allows for a increased profit margin. Soy in North America is 93% Monsanto “Round-Up Ready Soybeans”  or genetically modified to allow for the spraying of the pesticide “Round-Up”.  Round-Up® is familiar to most men as it is known as a common pesticide purchased at large chain home improvement stores or small independent hardware stores.

In addition soybeans are high in phyto-estrogen.  Estrogen is a female hormone and studies have shown that in the male body testosterone levels are reduced.  Which can lead to erectile dysfunction and a loss of sex drive.

A few manufacturers claim that they use sugar cane.  However no wholesale source of sugar cane derived beta-sitosterol is available that is sourced in the United States or Canada.  Sources are #1 Brazil, #2 India, #3 China.

Then there is non-GMO, non-Soy beta-sitosterol Best Prostate ® sourced from pine.

3. But many prostate formulas have so many other ingredients like: Stinging Nettles, Pumpkin Seed extract , and/or saw palmetto are these important?

Beta-sitosterol is the miraculous common denominator in all of these other ingredients.  If a more pure form of beta-sitosterol was used in manufacturing instead of a phytosterol complex these other ingredients would not be necessary that is why I refer to them as unproven fillers.  For literally 3 to 4 decades (30 to 40 years) it is beta-sitosterol that physicians in Europe have relied upon for the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and not the other ingredients.  The shotgun approach appears impressive but why not just rely on the ingredients that have been studied and published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals.
Is lycopene important for my prostate?

The Mayo Clinic feels that at this point the data is not sufficient to make this claim.  See the link:  Mayo Clinic.

It is our intention to make this simple and understandable as it should be.  Do not be misled by false claims and hype or inflated prices.