In the Netherlands, PROSTECTAN is prepared according to the international regulations for the production of drugs as food supplements. PROSTECTAN is frequently used by patients who have chronic prostatitis and with prostatic hyperplasia (benign enlargement of the prostate gland).
PROSTECTAN™ contains the following plant-based extracts:
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Woad (Isatis tinctoria), chrysanthemum (Dendranthema morifolium), Rabdosia (Rabdosia rubescens), and Biocurcumin complex „BCM95“ with various, with high-quality, bioavailable curcuminoids and LinumLife (Lignane from flax seeds).
The following are some clinically proven effects of individual ingredients:
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
The reishi or lingzhi mushroom has been used for over 400 years in Chinese medicine. The ingredients within the fruit bodies of the mushroom, such as triterpenoide, sterols, manitol, coumarin, and various polysaccharides are used medicinally. Furthermore, the mushrooms contain various trace elements, such as zinc, germanium, manganese, iron, copper, and even calcium. Recent research results show that reishi mushroom extract strengthens the immune system and also demonstrates immune modulating properties. The reishi has proven itself particularly useful in the treatment of prostate illnesses, since it inhibits prostate inflammation, thereby counteracting prostatitis.
Saw palmetto (Serenoa Repens)
The healing properties of the lipophilic extract of the fruit from the saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) in the treatment of prostate illnesses have long been known. Randomized double-blind studies have shown that saw palmetto extract is effective with benign prostate enlargement at a dose of 320 mg per day and that it greatly improves urinary and bladder function. The maximum, as well as the average urinary flow rate improved upon taking this extract. In comparison to the usual synthetic substances containing finasteride, saw palmetto has at least the same effectiveness with fewer side effects, is better tolerated, and the treatment is also much more cost-effective. Saw palmetto research has concentrated on its application in prostate treatment. It hinders, for instance, cell proliferation in prostate tissue and supports the normal programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cells.
Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Liquorice extracts contain various saponins of glycyrretic acids, which function as expectorants and mucolytic agents, as well as possessing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Experimentally and clinically, it is also known that extracts from liquorice have anti-inflammatory, cramp-suppressive, and antiviral effects.
Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap)
Extract from Scutellaria Baicalensis contains the flavonoid baicalin, which causes programmed cell death (apoptosis) in DU-145 even in very low concentration. That is why researchers at the molecular biological center at Valhalla University in New York were able to show in studies on prostate cell cultures that scutellaria extract causes a reduction in cell growth by about 60% and curbs PSA production in these cells. Under the influence of the flavonoid baicalin, cell division is inhibited and normal programmed cell death (apoptosis) is supported. Russian researchers have been able to prove that baicalin has a positive effect on blood renewal, improving blood flow in bone marrow in patients with tumor-induced anemia and also minimizes the side effects of chemotherapy.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Recently ginsenoside and saponin, the pharmacological effects in ginseng root, have been used in Europe, although the healing properties of the ginseng root in the treatment of numerous diseases have been long known primarily in China and other Asiatic countries. The substance saponin in particular inhibits prostate cells and suppresses increase in PSA value. It also has a positive influence on androgen receptors and on the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. Ginsenoside supports normal programmed cell death (apoptosis) in prostate cells and reduces the activity of so-called Bcl-2 genes, which make cells invincible. Recent research results have shown that ginseng also has a preventative effect.
Woad (Isatis tinctoria or indigotica)
Woad is a biennial plant in the mustard family. The roots and parts of the trunk have been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine for patients. Isatis indigotica has substances in all parts of the plant. One of these substances is indirubin, which inhibits an important cell cycle enzyme in the tumor cell, namely, the so-called “cyclin”-dependent kinase, and in so doing, significantly reduces the growth of cells, for instance.
Rabdosia (Rabdosia rubescens)
The two most important properties of this quickly growing, terpenoid-rich labiate are oridonin and rubescensin A and B. Extracts made from the entire plant improve digestion, soothe inflammation, and are used primarily in China. The effect of oridonin is free of side effects, since healthy cells are not influenced. In this way, the effectiveness of conventional anti-hormonal therapy extended by way of Rabdosia rubescens.
Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema morifolium)
Extract from the chrysanthemum flower (Dendranthema morifolium) contains triterpendiole and triterpentriole.In traditional Chinese medicine, the healing properties of chrysanthemum flowers have been known for a few thousand years. In this tradition the extract of chrysanthemum flower leaves are purported to improve eyesight, eliminate headaches, and have calming, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. The coronary arteries are also purportedly enlarged by chrysanthemum extract, which improves overall cardiovascular function.
Biocurcumin BCM95 is a patented extract made from turmeric, which possesses a number of biological effects, such as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-rheumatic effects. Additionally, this curcumin extract has a significant anti-carcinogenic effect which acts on many different kinds of tumors. Biocurcumin BCM95 has 7-8 times better bioavailability than other Curcumin extracts. That means that with an oral dosage of only 250 mg of Biocurcumin BCM95, approximately the same blood-drug level is achieved as in a dosage of 1,500 mg of normal turmeric extract, or about 37,500 mg of simple Curcumin Powder. Therefore, taking Biocurcumin BCM95 quickly delivers a therapeutic concentration of curcuminoids into the blood stream.
The BCM95 Complex positively distinguishes itself with the following properties:
- 100% natural turmeric extract (Curcuma longa) without added artificial ingredients
- clinical studies show that BCM95 Extract has a 7-8 times better bioavailability than other Curcumin extracts
- achieves the same effect as that produced by high doses of conventional curcumin extracts with much smaller doses
- has a powerful antioxidant effect
- has extremely good anti-inflammatory properties
From a medical standpoint, the antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and inflammatory-reducing properties of turmeric extract are of particular interest. These properties are used in the treatment of various diseases, such as intestinal, lung, and liver diseases, as well as with inflammatory diseases, Alzheimer’s and heart attacks.
LinumLife (Lignans from flax seed)
LinumLife is a standardized extract from flax seeds with a high concentration of so-called lignans – secondary plant compound with a phyto-oestrogenic effect. The lignans have a pharmaceutical rather than a nutritional effect, characterized by powerful antioxidant- and low oestrogenic activity, which serve to keep cells healthy.
Recommendations, Supplement facts
Take 2 tablets twice daily with water, before breakfast and dinner. Do not take more tablets than recommended. Do not use, if seal is broken. Store in a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children. This dietary supplement supports healthy prostate cell function; it does not replace a balanced diet.