Prostate Health

Tree used to treat prostate disorders is in danger of extinction

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer to afflict men around the world. Preventive options include taking an herbal prostate supplement, which may improve prostate health. Treatments for prostate conditions are varied, with some requiring the bark of a tree called Prunus africana.

However, recent research has shown the tree is in great danger of going extinct. As the World Agroforestry Centre reports, the tree is listed as "vulnerable to extinction" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to overharvesting. The tree is highly valued for its medicinal properties, with demand growing significantly in the past few years. According to the WAC, approximately 200 tons of the tree bark was harvested in 1980. In 1997, the amount reached nearly 4,000 tons.

In hopes of saving the tree from extinction, the WAC recommends the cultivation of tree farms, and it has identified several locations in Kenya which may be suitable for growing Prunus africana.

If the tree does become extinct, preventative measures, such as taking an herbal prostate supplement, may become even more important for maintaining prostate health.

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