Through the recovery phase of my prostatitis and epididymitis, I relied on a number of supplements to help in my recovery. In this post I will focus on the supplements that I have used whose effects I felt strongly.
Wellman Prostace – Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplement
I tried a few different multivitamin supplements before I settled on this one. The reason for this is the prostate specific herbal extracts that this particular multivit claims to have in addition to a variety of vitamins and minerals. Saw palmetto, lycopene, pumpkin seed extract etc. are all good for the prostate and reproductive health.
My initial semen tests showed that due to the prostatitis and epididymitis, my semen quality had been adversely impacted. This impact has been reversed now and my semen test results show the quality to be healthy again. Though treating the problem from the root by eradicating the infection with phages was the first step towards getting better, I do believe this supplement has helped in rejuvenating the overall reproductive health.
Another reason I like this supplement is because it has natural vitamin E. Most vitamin E supplements contain a synthetic form of the vitamin. The way to know the difference between them is that on a supplement label, natural vitamin E will be written as d-alpha tocopherol (or tocopheryl acetate or tocopheryl succinate), whereas synthetic vitamin E will be dl-alpha. From my research into vitamin E, I have come to believe that it plays an important role in accelerating the healing and repair of the epithelial cells in the urogenital system.
I use the multivit as per its instructions – 2 capsules, once a day with a meal.
This is a capsule with natural extracts that are excellent for prostate health. It was prescribed to me by the urologist who treated me using phage therapy. Pomegranate extract, nettle leaf extract, zinc and selenium are some of its ingredients. I have this capsule once a day with a meal. I alternate between this and Wellman Prostace that I have mentioned above, because I don’t want to overwhelm the prostate and the rest of my body with supplements. And it’s good to give a few days’ break to every supplement after taking it for a few weeks. So, the weeks in which I take Prostadyn, I give a break to the multivit, and vice versa.
Through all my research, I have always read that vitamin C is a critical vitamin to have in the body, especially when fighting an infection. I have dissolvable, effervescent vitamin C that is sugar free. 1 gm tablet dissolved in a glass of water, 2 times in a day. The good thing about vitamin C is that it is absorbed by the body as per the body’s needs, and the rest is flushed out. So even a 2-3 gms per day dosage is okay to take. It is an integral part of my daily supplement regime to keep my immunity up.
A deficiency of vitamin D causes a lot of problems in the body, from aches and pains to a compromised immune system to a reduced capacity of nerve cells to regenerate. I got a blood test (25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test) done in 2016 to determine my vitamin D level, and it was very low (12 ng/mL). So, I have been taking a supplement as per my doctor’s instructions to bring the level back into the healthy range. Today, my vitamin D is in the middle of the healthy range (65 ng/mL). When I started taking the supplement, I could feel a positive difference in my energy levels and alertness. Like vitamin C, this is also a crucial vitamin to maintain the health of the body. Unlike vitamin C, however, one can overdose on vitamin D, and its toxicity can cause its own set of problems. It is always advised to have a doctor prescribed regime for this.
Neem (scientific name – Melia Azadirachta, sometimes also Azadirachta indica)
Neem is a plant commonly found in in the Indian subcontinent, and is widely used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, detoxifying agent, among its many uses.
I used neem tablets for a few months to provide support to my immune system while it recovered from the aftermath of the prostatitis battle. I would have one tablet in the morning and one in the evening. In those few months I could feel myself being stronger against infections like the change-of-season flu etc. After a few months I stopped having it on a daily basis, because I was advised that though it is beneficial in moderation, too much of it can cause harm to the body. I now take it any time I feel a cold or a cough coming on. As I have explained in a previous post, it is important to keep the body free of any infection, even in regions other than the urogenital system, to rebuild the immunity and reduce the chances of reinfection in the prostate or any of the related areas. This, therefore, is one of the most significant immunity boosters in my toolkit.
I would like to mention here that I do not endorse any of these products and supplements for prostatitis or any other condition, and I gain nothing if someone uses them. They are what I have used and continue to use and benefit from and am therefore sharing them here. Hope you find them useful. I would love to hear about any supplements that you have used to deal with prostatitis and how helpful you found them to be.