If you have an overactive bladder and need to go to the bathroom several times a day or night, it gets tiring in more ways than one. Or, worse yet, if you deal with enuresis (bed-wetting) because of a weak and leaking bladder, you feel frustrated and embarrassed.
But you are not alone. About 17 percent of women and 16 percent of men over the age of 18 have overactive bladder issues. As we age, an overactive bladder becomes common — affecting one in five adults over the age of 40.1
Urinary incontinence, whether due to chronic bladder irritation, bladder weakness, bacteria or prostate enlargement (technically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or “BPH”), which causes urgency and urinary frequency, affects at least 25 million Americans. Most of the sufferers are women, but one-third of women and men 30 to 70 years old have experienced some symptoms of urinary incontinence.1
And while bed-wetting is often associated with children, there are some adults who, because of their overactive or weak bladders, have never experienced a dry night.
Conventional prescription approaches aren’t always effective, cause side effects and can be risky as well. Of course, in many cases, even natural approaches dealing with bladder health and incontinence are divided between men and women. However, clinically tested Angelica archangelica can offer a true ray of hope for both.
Angelica archangelica contains a number of important compounds, including isoquercitrin and other flavonoids, polyphenols and polysaccharides. It is these compounds that are considered to be responsible for the plant’s many amazing effects.2-6
An important thing to note is that Angelica archangelica grows in Iceland — it is not the same as Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis), also known as dong quai.
This angelica extract is taken from the leaf of the plant and has clinical research to back it up. In an 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, men suffering from nocturia — basically an overactive bladder at night — used Iceland’s Angelica archangelica or a placebo. The men in this study were age 45 and older, which is often when men begin noticing urinary frequency and the first symptoms of BPH.2 Not surprisingly, in Iceland, angelica extract has become the number one herbal treatment to reduce urinary frequency in men, and has replaced saw palmetto berry as the treatment of choice.
Many times, any urinary frequency issues for men are immediately considered a prostate problem. But that’s not always the case. In fact, overactive bladder is prevalent too, and requires a very different approach than we’d use for prostate health.
Of course, one of the biggest problems with nocturia isn’t just the fact of having to go to the bathroom; it’s the disruption of sleep, and the low energy and grogginess the next day.
During this study, three main parameters were measured: the increase in bladder volume, reduction in nocturnal voids and the increase in the duration of the first sleep period. The results were excellent.
In the group with low bladder capacity, those taking the Angelica archangelica extract saw an increase of over 300 percent in bladder capacity.2
In the group reporting more than three nighttime urinations, the arctic angelica extract enhanced sleep and significantly reduced nighttime bathroom visits.2
In the group of men age 70 or older, the angelica extract increased the duration of uninterrupted sleep (measured by time to first awakening) by 280 percent — almost three times that of a placebo!
What’s interesting about this study is that the direct action of Iceland’s arctic Angelica archangelica was not on the prostate, but on improving bladder strength. That’s good news for anyone — men or women. Plus, the angelica extract was very well tolerated and showed no hormonal effects or unwanted side effects like increased blood pressure or heart rate, or reduced libido. That’s a definite difference from many prescription drugs.
Imagine a day without needing to search for a restroom and a night filled with restful sleep. It can happen. That’s why this clinically studied angelica extract is the perfect choice. It provides strong results, no side effects, and peace of body and mind for men and women.
Terry Lemerond is the founder and president of EuroPharma, which markets supplements under the Terry Naturally brand name nationwide and is located at 955 Challenger Drive in Green Bay. He has over 40 years in the health food industry and has created over 400 nutritional formulations. For more information, visit http://europharmausa.com, http://terrytalksnutrition.com or call EuroPharma at 877.807.2731.
Sources: 1. “Urge Incontinence/Overactive Bladder”, from National Association for Continence. Available at: http://nafc.org/media/statistics/urge-incontinence-and-oab/. Accessed: March 25, 2013.
2. Sigurdsson S, Geirsson G, Gudmundsdottir H, Egilsdottir PB, Gudbjarnason S. A parallel, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to investigate the effect of a proprietary Angelica archangelica extract on nocturia in men. Scand J Urol. 2013 Feb;47(1):26-32.
3. Sigurdsson S, Gudbjarnason S. Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase by extracts and constituents from Angelica archangelica and Geranium sylvaticum. Z Naturforsch C. 2007 Sep-Oct;62(9-10):689-93.
4. Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Gudbjarnason S. Antiproliferative effect of Angelica archangelica fruits. Z Naturforsch C. 2004 Jul-Aug;59(7-8):523-7.
5. Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Gudbjarnason S. The cytotoxic effect of two chemotypes of essential oils from the fruits of Angelica archangelica L. Anticancer Res. 2005 May-Jun;25(3B):1877-80.
6. Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Hallgrimsson J, Gudbjarnason S. Antitumour activity of Angelica archangelica leaf extract. In Vivo. 2005 Jan-Feb;19(1):191-4.