What is the role of supplements in the treatment of chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samantha D Kraemer, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Saw palmetto, an herbal supplement well known as a treatment for prostatic enlargement, has also been used for prostatitis. [55]  Saw palmetto is hypothesized to act similarly to 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors.

Quercetin, a polyphenolic flavonoid with antioxidant properties found in green tea, onions, and oranges, has also has been shown to significantly decrease symptoms. [56]

While zinc supplements have been suggested as a medical therapy, clinical results have not been significant. A zinc-containing polypeptide called prostatic antibacterial factor (PAF) may be an important antimicrobial factor within the prostate.


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