Prostatitis is a condition associated with the inflammation of the prostate and the areas around the prostate.
According to the statistics provided by the American Family Physician, approximately 8.2 percent of men in the US are living with prostatitis. The conditions account for 8 percent of visits to urologists, and up to 1 percent of visits to primary care physicians.
Believe it or not, in 2000, prostatitis has cost over $84 million, including the charge of diagnosis and treatment.
The most common symptoms of prostatitis are painful, difficult and/or frequent urinating, groin pain, rectal pain, abdominal pain and/or low back pain, fever, chills, and body aches.
In severe cases, patients may also experience symptoms of urethral discharge, painful ejaculation or sexual dysfunction and blood in the urine.
The exact causes of prostatitis are not identified, some researchers suggested that nerve damage in the lower urinary tract caused by surgery or trauma to the area has been found to induce prostatitis in patients.
Conventionally, most cases of prostatitis are treated by antibiotics in cases of infection, alpha-blockers to relax the bladder neck and the muscle fibers and anti-inflammatory medicine to ease pain and discomforts.
Lycopene is a phytochemical found in tomato in the class of carotenoid, a natural pigment with no vitamin A activity found abundantly in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, and papayas,
Tomatoes provide about 80% of the lycopene in the world diet. In plants, lycopene protects the host against excessive photodamage and performs various functions in photosynthesis.
On finding a potential compound for the treatment of prostatitis, researchers evaluated the efficacy and the safety of a combination of Serenoa repens, selenium and lycopene extract + bromelain and methylsulfonylmethane extract associated with levofloxacin in patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP).
In other words, group A showed milder symptoms compared to group B.
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(1) Serenoa repens associated with selenium and lycopene extract and bromelain and methylsulfonylmethane extract are able to improve the efficacy of levofloxacin in chronic bacterial prostatitis patients by Cai T1, Tiscione D, Gallelli L, Verze P, Palmieri A, Mirone V, Bartoletti R, Malossini G. (PubMed)
(2) Treatment of Prostatitis by JAMES J. STEVERMER, M.D., M.S.P.H., and SUSAN K. EASLEY, M.D. (the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri)