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Stinging Nettle and Prostate Health  


Stinging Nettle is a spinach-like vegetable. Several years ago, it was popularly known as the vegetable of the poor man. The growth of this vegetable is wild and it is often destroyed by people thinking it to be a type of weed. After numerous studies on the plant, people have discovered its Importance. In fact, stinging nettle leaves can be consumed if they are picked when they are young. When the leaves mature they develop spines on them but then when cooked the spines become very soft and make it easy to consume. But there is more than just eating the leaves.  


Dried leaves of stinging nettle have medicinal properties and are considered as a tonic for prostate health. Stinging nettle has numerous health benefits; here are some of them:  

  • People who have been diagnosed with urinary and kidney problems found favorable results when they take stinging nettle. 
  • Those who suffer from rheumatism and/or arthritis are able to move their joints more comfortably and easily after starting eating stinging nettle. 
  • People who have gout experienced significant relief on consuming Stinging Nettle 
  • Stinging Nettle also helps to relieve symptoms  of asthma and cold. 
  • It is used as a diuretic 
  • It builds blood and keeps red blood cells in good health. 
  • It is considered to be an excellent and effective remedy for dandruff and oily hair 
  • It reduces pain and inflammation in prostate gland.  

Stinging Nettle and Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)


In some studies, stinging Nettle has shown to have curative effects on benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate inflammation (prostatitis). While relief for prostatitis has been due to Stinging Nettle’s anti-inflammatory properties, its positive effect on BPH is mostly due to its effects on androgen (male sex hormone) production and levels. 


Several studies have shown that Stinging Nettle interferes with all those hormonal-driven chemical processes that lead towards onset of BPH. It not just stops the conversion of testosterone (which helps feed cancer cells) into dihydrotestosterone but also regulates other hormonal functions. In addition, its slow-acting nutritive properties normally clean the body of its metabolic waste matters. 


Stinging Nettle acts as an excellent inhibitor to growth and proliferation of all prostate cells. Clinical researches have shown intake of Stinging Nettle root extract can hamper the growth of prostate malignant cells up to 30% within span of five days. Another research has shown intake of Stinging Nettle along with another herbal plant called Pygeum reduced urine retention (caused by blockage of urethra due to enlarged prostate). These two herbs also reduced recurrent urination during night, one of irksome symptoms of BPH, within span of 28 days.  


Stinging Nettle Contraindications  


Since Stinging Nettle lowers blood pressure and the heart rate; therefore, it should be taken after consulting a doctor for people who heart disease. Stinging Nettle is known to possess diuretic effects. Due to this reason, this medicinal herb should not be taken by those who, due medical conditions, are not recommended to take diuretics. Since Stinging Nettle can result in mineral and electrolyte imbalance (due to its diuretic properties) it should not be taken without medical consultation.