This is one of the most critical questions to ask when choosing prostate supplements and looking at prostate supplement reviews. Most companies do not disclose who is actually responsible for the formulation and you cannot find any details on the website about the qualifications of the person responsible for the formula. In undertaking our prostate supplement reviews we reviewed all the websites and supporting information in an attempt to determine more details on the person responsible for each formulation. In nearly all cases we were unable to get any information on the person responsible for the formula and whether that person was a urologist or a naturopathic doctor specializing 100% in prostate health. Many of the prostate supplement companies use “paid actors“, celebrities and “fake doctors” to promote their products. Others use Doctors to “recommend” their products who have absolutely no experience in naturopathic prostate health and do not treat men with prostate health disorders on a daily basis.
Prost-P10x was developed by Dr. Geo Espinosa, the Head of the Integrative Urology Center and the #1 Naturopathic Urologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. Prior to running the Integrative Urology Center, Dr. Geo, was the Director of Clinical Trials for Holistic Urology at Columbia University. Managing the health of men with prostate disorders is 100% of what Dr. Geo does in his practice all day as a Naturopathic Urologist.
The questions you need to ask are: “Who developed the prostate supplement formula you are taking and what is the experience of that person in clinical practice with men’s prostate health?” and “Is that person a Naturopathic Doctor?”.
And avoid all products marketed by paid actors, celebrities and late night TV ads. After all, do you really want to buy a supplement based on the recommendation of Hulk Hogan?
We reviewed all the supplements in order to determine if all the ingredients were listed on the supplement panel. Note it is important to distinguish between what is actually on the supplement panel and what is required by the FDA. Many companies list their ingredients as a “Proprietary Formula” which does not require you to list what is exactly in the formula. This is, in our opinion, just a way of not disclosing how “little” of each of the ingredients are actually in the product as you can basically list 100’s of ingredients, with none of them having any therapeutic value. This is not good practice.
The most credible and open policy is to list all the ingredients on the Supplement Panel including exact details of all the ingredient and their individual levels so you can be sure you are getting what you pay for. For example, Prosta-Q markets itself as a formula for men with prostatitis based on the ingredient Quercetin however in multiple emails we sent, the manufacturer of Prosta-Q refused to disclose to us how much actual Quercetin was in their formula. The company claimed it was a “proprietary blend” so they did not need or want to tell us how much Quercetin was in each serving.
A better practice is to fully disclose each and every ingredient so that the patient knows exactly what he is getting for his money. Our advice is to not purchase any products that claim a “proprietary blend” as you have no guarantee as to the actual amount of ingredients you are getting for your money.
We believe it is important to list the studies of the ingredients on the website so look for companies that have open disclosure about the studies and provide clinical research on all the ingredients in their product. Most of the ingredients marketed to men have limited or no clinical support in the clinical trials and research studies. And many other “popular” ingredients have been shown to have no benefit for prostate health (for example Selenium) even though they are considered by the general public to be safe and beneficial for prostate health.
This is even more of a reason to only buy a prostate supplement that is made and formulated by companies that only specialize in prostate health so that you always have a formula that is supported by the latest research and clinical studies as well as what works in practice with patients.
Some of the companies we researched were not in compliance with FDA labeling or ingredient requirements or were in breach of other FDA rules and regulations. This information was taken from ConsumerLab.com review of Saw Palmetto supplements earlier this year that found 2 products to be in breach of FDA labeling rules. In addition, Super Beta Prostate has recently also been the subject of various consumer claims that are worth reviewing before purchasing.
Prost-P10x is manufactured, tested and bottled in a state of the art facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Prost-P10x manufacturing facility is FDA audited and is an ISO 9001 NSF certified laboratory. NSF GMP Practices are guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure that Prost-P10x has the identity, strength, composition, quality, and purity that it is represented to possess.
Not all companies provide a money back guarantee so look for a product that has a money back guarantee beyond 30 days and also one that allows you to return an opened bottle as part of that guarantee.
Use of testimonials is common amongst prostate supplement companies. What is even more common is fake testimonials and ones that use public images/photos of male “models” which are obviously not real customers. When reviewing the testimonials please keep in mind the following:
A. Does the testimonial look real?
B. Does the photo look real?
C. Has the full name been provided as well as other details?
D. Are the names ‘Amazon Verified” for credibility?
E. Overall, is the testimonial “believable”?
It is also worthwhile reviewing the Amazon reviews on the product that you are looking at purchasing for additional information on the product.
Prostate health usually involves a number of different concerns including hormonal support, urinary health as well as general prostate health. When choosing a prostate supplement make sure that all three conditions are supported by the formula. Most prostate supplements only look to support one condition and don’t have the necessary ingredients to support overall prostate health. Look for a broad therapeutic strength formula like Prost-P10x to provide full prostate protection.
In addition, a supplement that contains ingredients that are beneficial to men with aging prostate disorders and urinary problems will not necessarily work for a man looking for help with pelvic pain or prostatitis as these are completely different disorders. Many companies who market supplements for solely for BPH will also claim that same formula works for prostatitis where in fact the ingredients required for each of these conditions are completely different when you look at the clinical studies and research.
When looking at the ingredients in the formula make sure they have clinical support for the exact condition that you are looking for help with.
Companies that provide “Free Shipping” on all orders are to be preferred. Many companies do not disclose the shipping terms up front and wait for you to get to the checkout before charging shipping. Make sure that that you check that “Free Shipping” is available on all orders also and not just for orders over a certain limit.
This is an important question when looking at prostate supplement reviews as most prostate supplements do not have the level of ingredients that will make a difference to your prostate health. It is important to use a product that has high levels of therapeutic strength ingredients that have the chance of making a difference to your prostate health. The easiest way to find this out is to look on the Supplement Panel and count the exact ingredients in the product in milligrams (note, don’t count micrograms (mcg’s) as these are 1000th of a milligram and do not have any relevance or strength). We have done this for you above in the Prostate Supplement Reviews and you can see that many of the products have minimal ingredients and not what you would expect from a prostate supplement intended for an maximum prostate health. Add up all the ingredients and then compare products before making a decision as to the prostate supplement that has the best chance of having a positive effect.
And as we stated above, avoid all products that claim “proprietary blends” as this is just a way of not disclosing what is actually in the product. If you are paying for a product you should know exactly what you are getting with all the ingredients listed on the supplement panel.
We support local products and local ingredients. In particular, we support those ingredients that we know have been through testing and quality control in the USA. Make sure you also ask:
A. Is the manufacturing facility FDA compliant?
B. Is the manufacturing facility ISO 9001 compliant?
C. Is the manufacturing facility NSF and GMP registered?
D. Is the company registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
E. Is the product in compliance with FDA labeling and ingredient requirements?
It is nearly impossible to find out from most companies websites where their product is manufactured and whether it is made in the USA.
Prost-P10x however is fully and 100% manufactured in the USA at the Douglas Labs Facility. Douglas Labs was rated the #1 Healthcare Practitioner Brand in 2013 by a survey conducted by ConsumerLab.com. Over 10,000 supplement users reported their satisfaction with 1,438 brands and 851 supplement merchants. In the report responses are analyzed by respondent age, gender and level of supplement use. Read more
- Chemical Analysis (to ensure potency of our formulas)
- Physical Analysis (to ensure dosage, weight, hardness, disintegration and overall appearance)
- Microbiology Analysis (to ensure all materials are not contaminated with yeast, mold, bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides etc.)
• cGMPs compliant for nutritional supplements in accordance with USP
• NSF International registered as a GMP manufacturing facility
• ISO 9001:2008 certified and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited as an in-house laboratory
• A provider of Veri-Match electronic labeling match to ensure content formula accuracy
• VCP (Vendor Certification Program) certified to ensure raw material quality
• FDA Audit Compliant
• An approved facility to produce Certified Organic products
• An approved facility to produce NSF Certified for Sport® products (free of banned substances as noted from the World’s Doping Organization)
• Danish Medicine Agency GMP Certified
• The #1 Rated Healthcare Practitioner Brand Based on Consumer Satisfaction - ConsumerLab.com 2013 Survey
• A member of the Council For Responsible Nutrition
Many companies only provide email support for their product and do not even provide a phone number on their website. We have listed those companies above that do not provide contact details. In addition, we attempted to contact every company above to see their level of customer support by email and sent the following email to every company that had a email contact:
1. Who was the formulator of the product?
2. What are the full ingredient levels including the breakdown of any proprietary blend?
3. Please direct us to any ingredient studies on your website
4. Do you offer a money back guarantee?
5. Please provide rationale behind not stating full names of testimonials on website
6. Is your product for BPH/enlarged prostate or prostatitis?
7. Do you offer Free Shipping?
8. Where is the location of your manufacturing and testing facility and the nature of testing used on products?
Apart from Prost-P10x, a company associated with this review site, not one single other company provided a response to our email requests.
Please review the customer service and other contact details relating to the prostate supplement you are looking to purchase and make sure that you have a live telephone number in the USA that you can call as well as email contact details that are responsive to requests for more information. Email the company you are looking to buy from and ask them a question about prostate health to determine how much they know about your condition and how educated they are about prostate health. Only deal with companies that understand prostate health and are not just marketing companies for prostate supplements on late night TV and radio.
We provided information on all the companies reviewed based on public information on their websites and requested more information on all questions where required. Any additions or inaccuracies on any product can be submitted to us by email for amendment. We fully disclose our association with Prost-P10x and believe the information provided in this review site is factually correct based on all the publically available information and the reasonable research we have undertaken. Our mission is to provide open and full information about prostate supplements so that consumers can make their own, educated and informed, choice about products that are vital to their health and wellness. Ultimately, we hope consumers will be informed enough to make the decision to purchase Prost-P10x based on all the research and fully disclosed facts about prostate health and prostate supplement ingredients. What we are trying to do is to pose the questions that we believe consumers should be asking when looking for the best prostate supplement so they make a purchase based on the best information possible that we believe is important. We care about men’s health and our community of men that we support with the best, most clinically researched product available for prostate health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. ProstateSupplements.com is affiliated with Prost-P10x.
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