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Rye grass pollen extract comes from the pollen of rye grass (Secale cereale). Rye grass pollen extract may affect the male hormone testosterone, relax the muscles of the tube through which urine flows (urethra), and improve how well the bladder can force urine out.
People use rye grass pollen extract to relieve the symptoms of non-cancerous enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Some men who use rye grass pollen extracts say their symptoms have improved and that they get up fewer times at night to urinate. But there is very little research on this.
Researchers have not evaluated rye grass pollen extract for long-term effectiveness, safety, or its ability to prevent complications of BPH.
Men who have problems urinating should see a doctor to rule out prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is treatable, but treatment may be more successful when you find and treat the cancer as early as possible.
The Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), within the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada, regulates natural health products in Canada. Natural health products, including rye grass pollen extract, must be reviewed and approved by the NNHPD before they can be sold in Canada.
When using natural health products, keep in mind the following:
Talk with your doctor about any natural health products that you would like to try or are already using. Your doctor can help you manage your health better if he or she knows about all of your health practices.
Current as of: September 23, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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