Super Beta Prostate: Crictical Review Based on Science

In TV commercials, football great, Joe Theismann, states his “aging prostate was giving me fits” until he started taking Super Beta Prostate, after which he said, “now I don’t have to go to the bathroom as often and I usually sleep through the night.” TV commercials featuring actor, William Devane  have said similar stuff. Commercials also state that Super Beta Prostate is “the most widely used prostate supplement” ― which is nice, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it works. So in this review, I’m going to disregard what the paid actors say and look specifically for research on this supplement ―and its ingredients ―because this is best way to get an idea if it works or not. Hopefully by the end of this review, you’ll have a better idea of whether Super Beta Prostate is right for you.

 

Who Makes Super Beta Prostate?

I was surprised to learn that Super Beta Prostate is actually a product developed for a marketing company called NAC Marketing Company, LLC. This is the company listed on the Terms and Conditions page of the

BetaProstate.com. Another name for the company is NAC Vitamin Company. Another name for NAC Marketing is  New Vitality.  Both NAC Marketing and New Vitality are located at 260 Smith Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Tip. NAC Vitamin company has no association with the popular antioxidant supplement, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC).

If you go to NewVitality.com you can see that they sell variety of supplements including Ageless Male (click the link to see my review) that I’ve previously reviewed.

 

BBB Ratings

NAC Marketing has a Better Business Bureau rating of  “A-” as of 6/3/14.

New Vitality a BBB rating of “B +” as of 6/23/14.

See the BBB files for more information and ratings updates.

 

How to Contact Super Beta Prostate

According to the Better Business Bureau Files:

  • NAC Marketing contact number: 631- 777-7767
  • New Vitality contact number: 888 -477-1632
  • BetaProstate.com contact number: 800 -711-2401
  • NewVitality.com contact number:  800-675-5956

 

Super Beta Prostate Ingredients

When I looked, the website for the product (betaprostate.com) did not tell how much of each ingredient it contained but fortunately, NewVitality.com did show the ingredient amounts.

That site indicates that 1 Bottle of Super Beta Prostate contains 30 capsules. A serving is 2 capsules. So, 1 bottle will last 15 days.  1 bottle of super beta prostate contains the following ingredients

 

 Ingredient

Amount per serving

% Daily Value

Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) 400 IU 100% ***
Zinc (zinc oxide) 15 mg 100%
Selenium (Amino Acid Chelate) 70 mg 100%
Copper (Cupric oxide) 2 mg 100%
Manganese (Amino Acid Chelate) 2 mg 100%
Chromium (Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate) 120 mcg 100%
Molybdenum (Amino Acid Chelate) 75 mg 100%
Proprietary Blend 615 mg N/A
Mixed Phytosterols
Silicon (as Silicon Dioxide)
Boron (as Amino Acid Chelate),
Pygeum Bark Powder

*** the Daily value for vitamin D has been raised to 600 IU.

mcg = micrograms.  N/A = no daily value established.

Other Ingredients

Super Beta Prostate also contains these ingredients: Stearic Acid, Micro Crystalline Cellulose, Oyster Shell, Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate, Pharmaceutical Glaze. As far as I can tell, these other ingredients play no role in how the product works.

The product also contains Shellfish (Oyster) & Soy which may be of interest to those who are allergic to these ingredients.

 

Beta Prostate Research

As far as I can tell, there is no published, peer reviewed clinical studies on Super Beta Prostate itself. I say this because none are listed on either BetaProstate.com or NewVitality.com. Also, when I searched online for “Super Beta Prostate research” no studies showed up either.

Super Beta Prostate has several minerals and vitamins that, in theory, might help “support” prostate function, but I’m not convinced that most men are deficient in any of these nutrients (with the exception of maybe vitamin D). As such, I don’t feel they contribute to prostate health in most men.

So, what I want to do here is just look at the research on the 2 ingredients in the Proprietary Blend that I feel might have the most prostate research. Those ingredients are:

  • Beta sitosterol
  • Pygeum Bark

If we can see the research on these ingredients, we can better determine if super beta prostate works or not.

Keep in mind that the proprietary blend contains a total of 615 mg of this blend.

 

Beta Sitosterol

I believe beta sitosterol (bate-a,  sight-toe-stair -all)  is the main ingredient in the “Mixed Phytosterols” category. It’s also the ingredient mentioned in Super Beta Prostate commercials. I believe its from this ingredient that the “beta” in “Super Beta Prostate” comes from.

TV ads for Super Beta Prostate have stated that:

“You’d have to take 100 Saw Palmetto capsules to get the same amount of beta sitosterol as you would from just 1 capsule of Super Beta Prostate. “

While the proprietary blend of ingredients contains a total of 615 mg, we are not told how much of that is beta sitosterol.

I believe the reason this ingredient is present in Super Beta Prostate is because it’s thought to inhibit an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase which is involved in the growth of the prostate (and benign prostate hyperplasia also known as “BPH” ).

I searched the national library of medicine for:

  • Beta sitosterol prostate
  • Beta sitosterol BPH

And I found the following relevant human studies:

A study from 2000, titled Treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia with beta-sitosterol: an 18-month follow-up which noted that, prostate-wise, men taking beta sitosterol after 18 months appeared to be better in some respects than those getting a placebo.

A study from 2000 titled Beta-sitosterols for benign prostatic hyperplasia. In this review study, researchers, looking at several other investigations, noted that beta sitosterol improved urine flow.

Other studies also indicate that beta sitosterol may help ease some of the symptoms of enlarged prostates.

 

For more on saw palmetto also see these reviews:

 

Pygeum Bark

Also called Pygeum africanum. This compound appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and may – in theory- play a role in slowing prostate growth. I searched the national library of medicine for:

  • Pygeum prostate
  • Pygeum BPH

And found the following relevant investigations:

A study from 1996 titled Pygeum africanum extract for the treatment of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. A review of 25 years of published experience. This study – looking at other previous investigations – noted that pygeum was “an effective and exceptionally well-tolerated treatment for mild and moderate symptomatic BPH.”

In a review study from 2002 titled Pygeum africanum for benign prostatic hyperplasia, it was also noted that pygeum may be effective, although the authors felt more and better studies needed to be done before a definitive answer could be given.


Does It Help Prostate Size?

There is no evidence that Super Beta Prostate can reduce the size of the prostate. Research notes that beta sitosterol cannot do this although some feel pygeum might. That said, I am not aware of any human evidence of of pygeum doing this. I recommend consulting your doctor /pharmacist for more information.

 

Super Beta Prostate and PSA

Saw palmetto has not been shown to reduce PSA values. I’m not sure if beta sitosterol  will do this either. That said, I feel it’s a good idea to have a baseline PSA test before starting Super Beta Prostate  and inform your urologist you are using this supplement also. Your doctor and/or pharmacist can shed more light on this supplement as well as its effects on PSA and other prostate tests you may be getting.

 

 The Free Bottle

When I was at BetaProstate.com they were running a free bottle to new customers. People who purchase the free 30 day bottle must pay $6.99 for shipping and handling. By doing this, people are also enrolled in an auto ship program. This means that 30 days after the order date (not the date you receive the bottle but when you actually order it) you will automatically receive a 60 day supply of Super Beta Prostate and your credit card will be charged $79.90 + 8.99 shipping and handling ($88.89 total). This will continue every 2 months until canceling the order.

Here is Super Beta Prostate on Amazon to compare prices

How To Return It

When buying Super Beta Prostate, understand that it has a 30 day return policy if it is purchased from the product website. People have to call customer service at 1-800-943-6465  prior to returning the product.  The company only allows 1 opened bottle to be returned. If multiple bottles were purchased, they must be unopened.

People must pay shipping and handling to return the bottles. The company recommends insuring the bottles as well as they will not issue refunds for lost or damaged bottles.

On the Terms and Conditions page of BetaProstate.com, take note that by purchasing the product from the website, that people waive their rights to take legal action in a court of law and by a jury. Instead, people agree to binding arbitration. This is a common stipulation I’ve seen with other supplements. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions Page if this is important to you.

 

 

The Super Beta Prostate Lawsuit

As is mentioned in this 2013 issue of Court House News, and TopClassActions.com, the makers of Super Beta Prostate as well as Football legend, Joe Thieisman, were named in a class action lawsuit brought about by 2 men. If you check out the links provided, you can see a summary of the allegations, which incidentally, make for interesting reading.

The actual case is titled Floyd Luman v. New Vitality Corp. and Joe Theismann, Case No. 13-cv-656 and I have linked to it. A PDF transcript of what happened can also be downloaded for those doing their own research. Regardless of the allegations, the case was dismissed in 2014 in favor of New Vitality, who refunded the money of the people bringing the court case.

 

Super Beta Prostate vs. Prosvent

Prosvent is another  prostate supplement you may have seen advertised on TV. Here is a side-by-side comparison between both products for those who were curious.

Super Beta Prostate

Prosvent

Vitamin D   (400 IU) Saw Palmetto Extract
Zinc  (15 mg) Nettle Root Extract
Selenium  (70 mg) Pygeum Africanum
Copper  (2 mg) Lycopene
Manganese   (2 mg) Black Pepper Extract
Chromium   (120 mcg) Pumpkin Seed Oil
Molybdenum   (75 mg) Vitamin E
Mixed phytosterols Vitamin D
Silicon Zinc
Boron Selenium
Pygenum bark

Red indicates similar ingredients.

At the time of my review, the Prosvent website did not indicate how much of each ingredient was in that product. Rather, it only stated that each gel cap had a total of 363 mg. I am not aware of any research that directly compares the effects of Super Beta Prostate to Prosvent to see which ―if either ―helps prostate symptoms the most.

See my Prosvent review for more information about that supplement.

 

Ingredients That Might Work

Based on what I was able to determine, if Super Beta Prostate works, I feel the evidence is strongest for:

I say this because I see the prostate studies specifically on these 2 ingredients. While I could be wrong, I don’t feel any of the other vitamins and minerals in Super Beta Prostate add anything to its effects.

 

Side Effects

As I wrote this review, I wasn’t aware of any significant side effects resulting from Super Beta Prostate.  Searching online likewise did not turn up much either. Beta sitosterol may cause erection problems in some men as well as a loss of sex drive. These issues likely clear up after stopping the herb. I recommend people who take medications, speak to their doctor or pharmacist. I would imagine that most urologists could shed light on this also.

 

Does It Work?

Without good studies on the product itself, it’s difficult to know if Super Beta Prostate works or not. While its possible it may do everything TV commercials hint it does, I personally feel that if it works, it’s because of beta sitosterol and pygeum. I could be wrong, but I don’t feel the other ingredients in Super Beta Prostate add anything to its effects.

Here is Super Beta Prostate on Amazon and do read the comments too. They are interesting.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. william charewicz says

    i am absolutely in awe of how REAL you guys are. i love the -no hype- lets talk science breakdown.price is important ,but it doesn’t help if you’re buying crap.all i can say is keep up the great work. i just abandoned ship at DPS–and i think i have already found a new home.keep being real.

    • Joe says

      William, thanks I appreciate that! I think I like your logo “no hype. Lets talk science” slogan better than mine :)

  2. Jack says

    Thanks for your work in deciphering all the gobbledygook on prostate supplements. I will use you site to assist in my research on finding the right supplements.

  3. Will simmons says

    I use super Beta prostate, and for me it works. It took about six months for me to get the full effect, but now it’s working just fine. No longer am I running to the bathroom every half hour, and I’ am sleeping though the night. On long trips I’am no longer having to stop every hour for that bathroom break.I do however worry about side effects. But so far I have not seen any.

  4. Mitch Slotnick says

    I too have been taking SBP for a long while with no complaints at all, other than being put-off with a (late) auto shipment that contained a small piece of printed paper with tiny print on it. After finding some reading glasses I read it only to see that they included terms & conditions having to do with an arbitration agreement.

    As I don’t like this approach where they tell you that if you don’t return the product within 30 days, it means that you give up your legal rights; I am thinking about returning the package and going with another prostate supplement (Prostavar) that has a lot of good press behind it…..and no law suits against it! Man I do not like veiled threats! I have a couple of weeks to mull this over before I need to ship it back, so any guidance at all would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Joe says

      Mitch, Yes I mentioned the arbitration issue in my review. It’s something Ive seen with other supplements I’ve looked at. I think this is a way for supplement companies to protect themselves. You said you’ve used super beta prostate for a while with no complaints (other than the shipping). Has it helped you? If it has helped and your doctor is ok with it, I see no problems but I understand your reservations with there terms and conditions. If SPB works I think its because of the 2 ingredients I mentioned in my review so one option for you is to just buy those 2 ingredients. This might save you money too.

      I looked at Prostavar. It also looks like a beta sitosterol supplement. It has other ingredients common with SBP too. While they didn’t mention that they had anything about arbitration, I noticed that the address for product company (suburblife international LLC) was 1171 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035. When I googled this address, a UPS store showed up. Is that where they are located? If you try Prostavar run it past your pharmacist/doctor doctor first if you take any medications. Id think if you try it, you should know in a month if it works.

      • Volkmon says

        Joe,
        Thank you so much for this review. My father and his father both suffered from an enlarged prostate. Although I have no symptoms, before he died in 2011 at the age of 67, my father sternly advised me to take preventative action to protect my prostate. I was 46 at the time. As a result, I have been taking SBP since 2011 and still have no indication of prostate problems. This does not mean that I am endorsing the product. In fact, I fell upon your website after my dissatisfaction with New Vitality’s advertising methods. During my search to find a different company that sells the product, I was surprised at what I learned; especially from your review.

        Much like Mitch, I have become interested in Prostavar (Thank you for the information about that product). However, since I have no indications of prostate problems, I am in a quandary about what to do–remain with SBP or try Prostavar.

        My health is important to me. I exercise, eat selectively, and drink responsibly. Annual checkups also show no indication of prostate problems. Am I wasting time an money on SBP? I turn 50 this week and hope to remain healthy. Living with the effects of prostate problems or other age related problems compromises my vision of a happy and productive life.

        You recommended to Mitch that he may consider simply taking the two products that have demonstrated clinical effectiveness–.beta sitosterol and pygeum. Have you reviewed companies who offer these as stand-alone products? I would prefer not to fall pray to the same gimmicks demonstrated by New Vitality.

        Thanks in Advance and Happy New Year

        • Joe says

          Volkmon, As of today, I not aware of any beta sitosterol or pygeum product as standing out above others. One thing I try to do when I consider supplements is stick to companies I’ve heard of that have been around a while. Another idea is to ask your urologist what he /she recommends. They may have heard of specific companies they like. I think if you are getting check ups, exercising and eating well, it sounds like you are doing all you can do to help your prostate. whether super beta prostate is something you need, I don’t know.
          Hope that helps and Happy Birthday by the way! :)

          • Volkmon says

            Joe,
            Thanks for responding. It is always helpful to consult someone else on health issues and available products. As you suggest, I will have a chat with my health provider and do some research into supplement companies with a long and reputable history. Thanks for the B-day wish as well.

      • Canarsieboy says

        Hello again Joe. I checked the Prostavar bottle label and the company listing and address jibes with what you listed in your comment. So I guess that is where they are located. I sent back that late arriving SBP order and am now on my 2nd bottle of Prostavar.

        I’ve been thinking about how the two products compare and to be honest, I think SBP might be edging out the Prostavar, but not by too much. Again, it’s still too early to make a final call. I think anyone who suffers with multiple trips to the bathroom every night and misses out on deep restful sleep would probably be happy by any relief from that situation.

        And yes, they thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to be returning the SBP because of the way they handled their legal business; but I’m not going to give up my legal rights simply by my acceptance of an order from them. What if long term use does cause a horrible health problem? Anyway, I saw a couple of emails generated by the comments left by you and Volkmon and thought I’d chime in.

        Oh yeah, btw….Happy Birthday Volkmon! Joe, like the birthday boy, I too appreciate your work and efforts.
        Take care fellas.

  5. Ty Young says

    Hi Joe…I’m 63 with all the symptoms, so I greatly appreciate your review; it confirmed my own research. I’m looking into another product called “Prostatemagic”, which has as its main base, a Chinese herb called Fo-Ti. Are you familiar with this product and/or have you done any research on it? Thx….ty

  6. Canarsieboy, Mitch Slotnick says

    Oh, sorry fellas, for the sake of context and continuity, you should know that Canarsieboy and Mitch Slotnick are one and the same! Weird huh? lol

  7. Bill says

    One thing you might want to add to your review is that recent studies have indicated that selenium and vitamin E may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer.

  8. says

    I really appreciate the thoroughness and “plainspeak” of your review of this product. I am 73 and since a kidney stone removal via the uretha I have had considerable problems due to an enlarged prostate (not sure if connected or just age). Doctors have given me Flo-max and I am trying to see what product will serve me best. Flow-max has definitely interfered with my sex life. Doctor has also suggested saw-palmetto. Any further studies you have done and can refer me will be appreciated. thanks, Tom

    • Joe says

      Tom, thanks I appreciate you saying that! When I think prostate, I think saw palmetto as well. Id think if its going to help, you should know in a month. Also try asking your pharmacist too. I’ve found that they can can be helpful source of information when it comes to supplements.

  9. Mitch says

    Hey Joe, fella’s,

    It’s been a while. I switched over from SBP to Prostavar for about 3 months now and after careful comparison I want to report that while I definitely have much reduced symptoms with both products, I believe I had better results (clinically) from SBP. That doesn’t mean I’m in any rush to to go back to SBP, mostly for the same reasons I left; I just wanted to reengage in this conversation and provide my experience in order to add to the research that I found at this site.

    Like Volkmon wrote a couple of months back, I too would be very happy to find an outlet where I could purchase the main ingredients of beta sitosterol and pygeum (bark) as stand alone products. Well that’s it from me for now. Thanks again for all the help I’ve received here.

  10. John Peterson, MS says

    First of all beta sitosterol does NOT come from saw palmetto, they are two different substances that have similar effects. Saw Palmetto is a specific plant. Beta sitosterol is extracted from different plant substances. It is much stronger than saw palmetto. It is extracted most commonly from soy which men should not consume. I have very positive results from from a product called Best Prostate. They use pine as a source to extract the beta sitosterol, no soy, and do not mix their product with unnecessary, unproven ingrediants. You can go on their website and read numerous scientific studies which show that their product does work. They give a 30 day no questions asked return policy and do not give automatic refills. They are honest! I have suffered prostate problems including 25 years of chronic prostatitis. I was able to get off Flomax using Best Prostate. They actually tell you that if Best Prostate does not work for you within 30 days, send it back! You can also talk to a live person with questions at their phone number. They do NO advertising except for their website.

  11. Don says

    Thanks for all the info…..I don’t plan to use these products. I think you have shown it is a marketing ploy….thanks,

  12. Hal Rohlman says

    Have been using Saw palmetto for about 30 years and that along with Beta Sitosterol(150 mg) from Cell Nutritionals for the past 3 years and I am satisfied with the results. Get up no more than once per nite and not every nite. Daytime is controllable . By the way I am 82 and all seems to be going well.

  13. melissa r says

    Purchased the GNC Prostate for my husband, and it did not work. Our Doctor recommended the Dr. Max Powers Prostate Support supplements, and he said it is working so much better. A little more expensive but like the old saying goes YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. So He would recommend the Dr Max Powers brand Prostate supplements over the GHC ones.

    • Joe says

      Melissa, thanks for the feedback. Others have also mentioned Dr Max Powers. Its on my list of things to look at.

  14. Terry says

    My urologist told me to go online and buy bulk Beta Sitosterol and Pygeum , its cleaner, truer, no fillers, and less expensive plus easy with the help of a capsule machine that makes 40 at a time. it has worked for me for years. I also make my own Turmeric, Ceylon Cinnamon,Spirulina & probiotic.

  15. Deborah says

    Regarding Super Beta Prostate, my husband has taken medication provided to him by his urologist with very little in the way of results. Our nights together resulted in about 15 trips to use the toilet each night and waits up to 45 minutes for urination. My husband was extremely sleep deprived. We were desperate! My husband talked to another man who told him of the good result that he had with Super Beta Prostate and so we decided to give it a try. This product has been amazing.

    My husband has reduced his nightly trips to the toilet to only 3 per night and he is only taking one Super Beta Prostate pill per day. This is the first time in a year that he has made it through an entire day without having to take naps due to his severe sleep deprivation. We are both thankful that we have discovered Super Beta Prostate.

    This is a great product and if you are a man with difficulty with urination due to an enlarged prostate, it is worth a try. The product can be bought at health outlets such as GNC without having to sign on for a recurring charge to your credit card.

  16. Steve says

    I have long experience with using Super Beta Prostate, having been turned on to it by my father, who used it to control his BPH. I’ve used it for probably around 10 years or so; I started developing issues with BPH somewhere around my late 40s, and once I started taking SPB I noticed definite improvement in the symptoms.

    I would like to share one amazing synergistic supplement that I found, when combined daily with SPB supplementation, results in even better (I would call it very impressive) results, and that’s Oil of Oregano. (This may be considered a “side track” post on my part, but since this is such a good “ally” supplement in my experience, I’d like to provide this side detail information.)

    This natural oil extracted from the oregano plant’s seeds (this is the real oregano species, Oreganum vulgaris) is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. I started taking oil of oregano internally around 8 years ago, mainly for its very powerful immune system boosting effects. (I formerly would get 3-5 bouts with nasty colds / flu every winter, and very quickly this went down to very few or no bouts with colds / flu… and when I did catch a virus, it was very short-lived, with much reduced severity, and I recovered MUCH quicker.

    This pronounced immune boosting effect has continued all these years that I’ve been using oil of oregano.)

    After a while taking both supplements, I noticed a much more dramatic reduction in my symptoms of BPH. I don’t think this is a coincidence. I attribute it to the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of oil of oregano, combined with the effects of beta sitosterol and the pygeum extract.

    (Note that I also use oil of oregano for my osteo-arthritic knees, to reduce inflammation and related pain during exercise, in my case very athletic-level road cycling / bicycling. I rub in 5 drops on each kneecap before going out to ride, and it reduces pain and inflammation very significantly.)

    It’s important to note that the quality of the extracted oil of oregano is important, in terms of how effective it is. I’ve found an online source that has very high quality oil, and have stuck with it all these years.

    Also very important to note: Oil of oregano, if taken internally in the pure liquid oil form, can have a very irritating effect (until your body gets accommodated to it) of the throat lining, esophagus, and stomach. This effect is called the “Herxheimer effect” and it’s recommended to start off with lower doses of the oil, then up the dosage a bit over time.

    You can get oil of oregano in capsules, which eliminates the issue with throat / esophagus irritation from using the pure oil extract (most sources actually cut the pure oil of oregano with olive oil, which is necessary to help reduce the Herxheimer effect).

    NOTE also that “MORE IS NOT BETTER.” Past a certain dosage, especially in terms of immune system support, overdosing on this oil just results in pronounced gastric distress. So be conservative with it. This stuff is really strong.

    I myself get the oil extract (diluted with olive oil) in a dropper bottle (not capsule form). I take 5 drops every morning (beginning users should start with no more than 3 drops). NOTE that you can’t just drop this straight in your mouth. It will burn like crazy; it’s that strong. I use a small shot glass, put a small amount of purified water in it (maybe 5-6 Tbsp.), and then using the bottle dropper, drop in a drop at a time into the center of the shot glass, floating the oil on the surface in the center. If it migrates to the edge of the glass, it will stick to the sides, so keep it in the center. Carefully lifting the glass and keeping it level, throw the head back and quickly dump it straight down the throat, keeping the throat open and letting it slide straight down the gullet.

    You have to suppress the gag reflex; if you gag, then you’ll spread the oil all around your throat / gullet and it will burn like crazy.

    Most people will not have the patience or ability to learn this method, so the capsules are a good solution. Just try to get good quality oil.

    Closing note: I can testify that SBP has a definite beneficial effect, because for the past six months or so, I’ve been in some financial straights and haven’t been able to purchase it, so have had to do without. My BPH has noticeably worsened since getting off SBP; in particular, it’s taking me longer to initiate and complete urination, and the stream / flow is reduced. So I need to get back on SBP, or maybe find a cheaper solution.

    I think I may investigate and see if I can find pure extracts of beta sitosterol and/or pygeum somewhere. (Knowing that you have to be careful; it’s often hard to know if what you’re getting is pure, or adulterated with useless or harmful ingredients.) —

    Sorry for the length of this post, but based on my personal experience, I think this is important and potentially useful information to share here.

      • Steve says

        I forgot to mention one other important thing re: use of Oil of Oregano: Be sure to follow your dose with lots of water. Drinking plenty of water will help to reduce / minimize the Herxheimer effect. I think it also probably aids in absorption and dispersion into your system. Best, in my experience, to take your dose in the a.m. on an empty stomach for best absorption. But do be sure to follow with plenty of water. (You may notice some burping up of strong tasting gases, kind of a gaseous reflux effect. Keep your dosage conservative at first, and let your body acclimate to it. After some time, the Herxheimer effect will lessen or go away… as long as you don’t overdose yourself.)

        Another note: Many have noted that some of the best quality oil is sourced from Turkey. That’s where my extract comes from (although my supplier is here in the U.S., buys the pure extract and dilutes it with olive oil).

        Also, if you apply this topically, you may notice a burning sensation on the skin. You can cut it with additional olive oil to reduce the burning if you like. (I just tolerate it so I have a good strong topical application for joint pain relief / anti-inflammation, and it goes away after a while.)

        I would AVOID giving oil of oregano internally to young children; they can be especially sensitive to this strong oil. Instead (this is a common method with young children when using any strong herbal extract), apply a bit of the oil, pre-diluted with additional olive oil, to the soles of the feet. It will absorb effectively via this route, and you’ll avoid the gastric distress.

        In my book, Oil of Oregano is one of the most powerful, useful natural supplements we have. A fantastic immune system booster, and really good anti-inflammatory.

  17. jduncan0347JOhn says

    Thank you Joe for your what appears to be unbiased opinion. I was “googling” around and found your site because I have been debating to stick with the Super Beta Prostate or give it up. I’ve been using it for about 90 days now, and not noticing a difference. My doctor had me on Flo Max (spelling?) for about 90 days, and I got no relief on that either.

    I’m going nuts getting up 7-8x per night. My typical bedtime is 10:30 or so and it is 5 or 6 up until about 2:30, then I am usually able to sleep til about 6 when I have to go.

    Still not sure what I will do. I do appreciate your honest insight. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

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