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What is rye grass pollen extract?
pollen extract comes from the pollen of rye grass (Secale cereale).
Rye grass pollen extract may affect the male
testosterone, relax the muscles of the tube through
which urine flows (urethra), and improve how well the
bladder can force urine out. All of these may reduce symptoms of an enlarged
prostate, such as dribbling after urinating or having to get up several times
at night to urinate.
What is rye grass pollen extract used for?
People use rye grass pollen extract to
relieve the symptoms of noncancerous enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Some research
reports that men who use rye grass pollen extracts say their symptoms have
improved and that they get up fewer times at night to urinate.1 But there is very little research on this.
Is rye grass pollen extract safe?
have not evaluated rye grass pollen extract for long-term effectiveness,
safety, or its ability to prevent complications of BPH.
have problems urinating should see a doctor to rule out prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is treatable, but treatment may be more successful when you
find and treat the cancer as early as possible.
The U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate dietary supplements in the same way
it regulates medicines. A dietary supplement can be sold with limited or no
research on how well it works.
Always tell your doctor if you are
using a dietary supplement or if you are thinking about combining a dietary
supplement with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to
forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on a dietary
supplement. This is especially important for women who are pregnant or
When using dietary supplements, keep in mind the
McNicholas T, Kirby R (2011). Benign prostatic hyperplasia, search date July 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
June 11, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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