What is ProstaGenix?
Endorsed by Larry King, ProstaGenix contains a blend of 18 natural ingredients the company claims can help most men experience relief from the urgency, staining, dribbling, and nighttime rushes to the bathroom often associated with frequent urination.
Even if you’re over the age of 40, this supplement specifically claims to help men start peeing like an 18-year old again, as well as to address erection problems. How’s it work?
The website tells us that ProstaGenix contains the highest, most potent dosage of beta-sitosterol in any product, which is combined with a polyphenol blend “specifically shown improve prostate health.” Together, they’re said to reduce inflammatory molecules in the prostate and support prostate health.
Taking three capsules per day as directed, Verified Nutrition reports that most men feel a 'distinctive and noticeable change’ in the first 10 days, with maximum results over the course of three to four weeks.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, 50 percent of men over the age of 50 are diagnosed with BPH, while men over 80 have a 90 percent chance. If you count yourself among these numbers, let’s see if ProstaGenix can potentially provide some relief—starting the fundamentals.
What Condition Is ProstaGenix Formulated to Address?
Normally about the size of a walnut, the prostate gland is primarily responsible for making a component of semen that helps carry sperm. Starting around the age of 25, this gland begins growing slowly and doesn’t stop throughout a man’s life.
Sometimes, WebMD tells us that this growth can start squeezing surrounding areas; primarily, the urethra, which can cause difficulty urinating, a weak urine stream that frequently stops and starts, and dribbling.
And since the bladder has to work overtime as a result, its muscles can weaken and lead to the sensation of having to urinate (even if you just did), urinating eight or more times per day, a sudden urge to pee, and even incontinence. Cumulatively, this is what’s known as benign prostatic hyperplasia.
And while BPH is rarely a health concern, it can certainly cause some unwanted lifestyle changes—including potential erectile dysfunction. But what does ProstaGenix contain, and can you expect it to deliver on the manufacturer’s claims?
Taking a Closer Look at ProstaGenix’s Ingredients
The supplement facts label shown on the ProstaGenix website listed the following ingredients:
- Vitamin D3 400 IU
- Iron 18 mg
- Iodine 150 mcg
- Zinc 15 mg
- Selenium 70 mcg
- Copper 2 mg
- Manganese 2 mg
- Chromium 120 mcg
- Molybdenum 65 mcg
- Silica 10 mg
- Boron Amino Acid Chelate 3 mg
- Proprietary Master Sterol Blend 1,200 mg: Beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol, brassicasterol
- Targeted Polyphenol Synergistic Blend 250 mg: Grape seed extract, pomegranate extract, quercetin
The bottom line is that the HighYa team isn’t staffed by medical or clinical experts. This means that, when addressing whether or not an ingredient is ‘effective’ for a specific claim, we rely on the summarizations of the available clinical evidence provided by sites like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com.
Cumulatively, they report that taking a combination of zinc, selenium, and iodide (no dosages listed) may help reduce prostate swelling and pain, while improving quality of life.
And while plant sterols, in general, aren't listed as effective for any condition, ConsumerLab indicates that 60 to 130 mg of beta-sitosterol, specifically, has been shown to “significantly improve perceived symptoms of BPH and urine rate flow. However, it hasn’t been shown to actually shrink an enlarged prostate.
Finally, taking 1,000 mg of quercetin daily is listed as possibly effective for reducing pain and improving quality of life in men with BPH, but doesn't seem to address related urination problems.
Of these, keep in mind that the beta-sitosterol and quercetin in ProstaGenix are part of proprietary blends, so we can’t know exactly how much the supplement contains, or if it’s the same dosages found in supporting studies.
Outside of this, these same authoritative sites indicated the supplement’s remaining ingredients didn’t have sufficient clinical evidence to list them as effective for any BPH or erection-related conditions.
Could ProstaGenix’s Ingredients Cause Side Effects?
In general, the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com indicated that most of these ingredients likely won’t cause side effects in most users. And if they do, it likely won’t be worse than mild, temporary digestive upset (no specifics or dosages provides).
However, it’s important to point out that the recommended daily allowance of iron for men age 19 and over is 8 mg, while ProstaGenix contains more than double this amount. As such, this could increase the likelihood of experiencing more severe side effects like constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
Finally, even when taking less than 400 mcg of selenium per day, WebMD reports that long-term supplementation could increase the risk of developing diabetes.
This is why it’s always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional before purchasing any supplement, ProstaGenix or otherwise. And since you’re likely already in contact with one because of your symptoms related to a swollen prostate, this could represent an ideal time to inquire.
How Much Does ProstaGenix Cost?
ProstaGenix is priced as follows:
- 1 Bottle (90 capsules): $49.95
- 3 Bottles: $99.95 ($ per bottle)
- 5 Bottles: $149.95 ($ per bottle)
All orders come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H, which customers can request by calling 800-801-0294.
A Quick Note Regarding Arbitration
Arbitration clauses are extraordinarily common in today’s marketplace; everything from credit cards to cell phone contracts. In a nutshell, they stipulate that if you have a grievance with the company, you agree to attend an arbitration proceeding, versus going through the court system (e.g., trial by jury, class action lawsuit, etc.).
Keep this in mind, because as soon as you place your ProstaGenix order, you’ll be bound by an arbitration agreement.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind ProstaGenix?
The short answer? Not a whole lot.
First, while there was an image advertising 2,300+ customer reviews on the ProstaGenix website (who gave it an average rating of 4.8 stars), none of this feedback could be browsed to get an overall idea of what everyone was saying.
Furthermore, the company—Verified Nutrition, LLC—doesn’t have a standalone website and wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau.
They also advertise that ProstaGenix was “named as the number one product in the world by several prestigious rating organizations,” including The Natural Health Federation.
However, we didn’t find any indication of this honor on the NHF’s website, which is an organization dedicated to protecting “individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements and use alternative therapies without government restrictions.”
How Does ProstaGenix Compare to Other Prostate Supplements?
Searching Google Shopping for the term ‘prostate supplement’ returned dozens of results that contained beta-sitosterol at the time of our research. Other online marketplaces like Amazon returned more than 3,000, while Walmart.com displayed greater than 700.
From a price perspective, we found these supplements tended to range between $10 and $40, placing ProstaGenix at the upper end of the spectrum. Among all these options, how in the world can you choose the best one for your needs?
Actually, your needs are exactly where you should start. Specifically, by discussing any prostate issues you’re experiencing with your doctor, who can ask the right questions, order the appropriate tests, and recommend science-backed options based on your diagnosis.
Even if they recommend proceeding with dietary supplements, though, keep in mind that these products aren’t as regulated prescription medications, so you’ll want to place emphasis on companies who:
- Have a robust online presence (standalone website, Better Business Bureau rating, etc.), with mostly positive online customer feedback.
- Offers customers at least 30 days to try their products, with reasonable S&H charges and no restocking fees.
- Clearly lists all of the ingredients included in their supplements, including dosages.
Does this mean you should do business with Verified Nutrition?
Our Final Thoughts About ProstaGenix
According to WebMD, the “best-studied, most commonly used supplements to treat BPH” are beta-sitosterol, pygeum, rye pollen extract, and saw palmetto, only one of which is found in ProstaGenix.
On top of this, we found standalone supplements containing as much as 800 mg of beta-sitosterol per dose for as little as $20 during our research, which is less than half the price of the product in question.
And since ProstaGenix’s beta-sitosterol is part of a proprietary blend, there’s no way to know if it actually contains the highest, most potent dosage found in any product, as claimed on the website.
At any rate, this ingredient is so common that you’ll almost certainly find it locally at just about any retailer with a health section, thereby saving S&H charges and potentially making the refund process super easy if you’re dissatisfied.
Taking these efficacy and pricing details into consideration, and combining them with the fact that there was zero third-party online customer feedback for the supplement as of this writing, and that it comes from an almost completely anonymous manufacturer, we’d strongly recommend discussing ProstaGenix with your physician before placing an order.