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    Natural Solutions    

    January 2008   



Nutri Centre’s Q & A section   


Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Senior Nutritionist Alex Shalet BSc (Hons) in conjunction with the Nutri Centre.


Prostate Problems

Q. My 63 year old husband is suffering from discomfort and problems with urinating but is unwilling to see anyone as the problem is embarrassing. Is there a natural remedy that you can suggest?

A. The prostate gland lies just below the male’s bladder and often becomes enlarged in later life; half of all 60 year olds and 4 out of 5 men in their 80s have some evidence of what is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP). The fact that the prostate gland is wrapped round the urinary passage causes the symptoms of BHP. These include discomfort when urinating, a weak urinary stream which may stop and start, passing water more than normal, not being able to fully empty the bladder and dribbling of urine or even incontinence. In severe cases acute urinary retention AUR can occur which can be a medical emergency.

Prostate cancer which affects 10-30% of men over 50, is often almost symptomless because tumours develop on the outside of the prostate gland and do not interfere with urinary flow, but to be on the safe side get your husband to have a check up with the doctor.

For a healthy prostate follow a diet low in saturated fats and eat plenty of antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables for adequate Vitamin C and E intake. Japanese style foods such as soy products which contain plant hormones my help as they seem to discourage prostate enlargement. Adequate fibre intake should help bind hormones in the gut that have been flushed out through the bile, reducing their re-absorption and potential to trigger enlargement.
Zinc is important for prostate health as it controls sensitivity to hormones. So encourage zinc rich foods like lean red meat, seafood, wholegrains, pulses, eggs and moderate amounts of cheese in your husbands diet A good supplement is Biocare Opti-Zinc which provides Zinc as Zinc Methionine which is highly absorbable..

Tomato based foods contain lycopene and other carotenoids that seem to protect against prostate cancer. Nuts and seeds and essential fatty acid supplement such as Flaxseed and Evening Primrose oil are needed to make prostaglandins – the hormone like substances necessary for prostate health. VegEPA is a high potency blend of ultra-pure Omega 3 EPA and cold-pressed evening primrose oil containing Omega 6 gamma linolenic acid.

A natural remedy, based on Native American Indian herbal wisdom called Lakota Men’s Formula is designed to support prostate health. Ingredients include Beta Sitosterol, Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin seed, Nettle leaf, Couch grass and Quercitin which together may help with improving urinary flow and frequency and reducing the discomfort that is often associated with prostate enlargement.


General Health Boost - People with Difficulty Taking Tablets

Q. I have been a bit under the weather recently and lost my appetite. I have been told that I need to boost my immune system and I certainly need more energy but I have always had difficulty swallowing tablets. The thought of popping lots of pills is making me really anxious - can you help me?

A. If you have a poor appetite your intake of important minerals and vitamins can drop.

A convenient alternative to supplements in tablet form is liquid vitamin and mineral supplements and super foods that can be drunk or sprinkled on food or yoghurt to eat with a meal.

Apicol Total is designed to increase the body’s natural resistance, enhance the immune system, boost energy levels and vitality and feed the digestive system. Ingredients such as Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Propolis have exceptional healing powers. They are combined in this complete food which has a delicious honey base and strawberry juice adds to the pleasant taste. It comes in Individual one a day 1000mg vials so no tablets to take and excellent support for your system.

As specific problems with swallowing can arise from neurological disorders, Parkinson's disease or head injuries and stroke it may be worth having a word with your doctor if you are worried about any of these.

Recommended Products from The Nutri Centre:

LaKOTA Men's Formula        ?20.99 for 60 capsules
Biocare’s Opti-Zinc             ?5.85 for 60 capsules
MorEPA                             ?11.95 for 60 capsules

Apicol Total

by Forever Young costs        ?13.95 for 14 vials


Nutricentre Discount for laterlife visitors


If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to

The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre. Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any medication or health-related matter.

* Please note questions cannot be answered personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions of 'Natural Solutions'


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