Prosvent is often touted on television infomercials by UCLA-educated physician Dr. Larry May. Dr. May explains how Prosvent is able to reduce the chance of developing benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and then goes on to push the supplement to viewers for a whopping $79 per bottle. At least part of the price could be justified by the quick-dissolving formulation and sterol-rich saw palmetto that is used, but it is hard to justify such a high price. While Prosvent is a good product with reasonable efficacy, it is still quite expensive. Take note that a free 30-day trial is offered to those who are interested in Prosvent.
Prosvent contains saw palmetto, pygeum extract, lycopene, selenium, nettle root extract, vitamins E and D, and zinc.
According to the American Journal of Medicine, pygeum extract has been shown to decrease urological complications that result from an enlarged prostate. Saw palmetto, of course, is the prime ingredient used to treat the symptoms of BPH. It has been shown to be as effective as certain prescription medications and to reduce symptoms in up to 80% of men who take it.
Lycopene has mixed research regarding its efficacy. On the one hand, lycopene is thought to decrease inflammation and lower a man’s risk of colon and prostate problems. On the other hand, lycopene has been linked to an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate problems in certain men.
Safety: Moderate to High
With the exception of lycopene, the ingredients in Prosvent have no substantial side effects. The quantity of lycopene in the supplement is not advertised, so it is impossible to quantify the risks and benefits of its inclusion. Lower doses of lycopene are reasonably safe, while doses above 50 mg are considered unsafe.
Final Grade: B
Prosvent is, without a doubt, an effective supplement. Safety, however, is a bit questionable. Without lycopene, Prosvent could easily achieve an “A” rating. With lycopene, Prosvent is a solid B.
Prosvent can be found online at www.prosvent.com. It can also be obtained by calling 1-800-539-2219.
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