Product Comparison: VigRX Prostate Support vs PX7 Primal Flow
VigRX Prostate Support and PX7 Primal Flow are both advertised as natural prostate support supplements. They both aim to alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
They are marketed by two different companies. But I would be willing to bet they are made by the same lab.
Spoiler alert. The contest isn't even really a contest. Both are good, but one packs MUCH more punch for the buck.
I've been doing reviews of different prostate supplements for a while. As a result of my research into these types of products (because I needed them) I stumbled onto PX7 Primal Flow and had been using it with some success.
But I just received notice that my shipment of VigRX has arrived and that will be my new "go-to" now. You'll see why pretty quickly when I get into it.
This review could also be considered a "VigRX vs Vitalflow" review.
If you follow this link, you can read my comparison of PX7 Primal Flow and Vitalflow. If you go there, you'll see that they are EXACTLY THE SAME PRODUCT. So consider this a comparison of "VigRX vs Vitalflow," too.
I'm assuming you've probably been to a few places on the web before you got here. Assuming you already know about prostate supplements and why men need them as they age, we can skip past this step. I will give you a link in the overview to skip to the specifics about these two products if you want to.
(If you're curious, see my article HERE on the problems with writing reviews. And if you're curious about my intended "review methodology," I write here about how I am developing my product reviews. This one is intended to follow the same routine.)
But first of all....
Do YOU need a prostate support supplement?
Let's run the list. How many of these fit you?
- You've gotten used to the idea you better not drink a lot right before bed (because if you do, you'll be making frequent trips to the bathroom)
- When you get there, it takes a while.
- It's uncomfortable, too, and you can be in there an embarrassingly long time.
- And after you start, it seems like you never know when you're really "done."
- Maybe you've even gotten used to planning your schedule around the anticipation of more frequent stops throughout the day
- (And the cycle repeats).
In this article, at a glance:
- Why I wrote the post
(If you're new to investigating prostate support supplements, you'll want to be aware of these things.) Also,
- What happens to the prostate and why we can all benefit from supplements
- Why you want to treat enlarged prostate with natural products if you can
- Why it's always a good idea to get a PSA test
And if you want to skip over the preliminaries and get right to the direct comparison about VigRX vs X7 Primal Flow, click HERE to jump down to the second half of the article:
- What is common between these formulas (there is a ton of similarity)
- Why the VigRX is really just "MORE" of the PX7 and Vitalflow
- Links to the product between the two that I believe is the obvious better choice (yes, the VigRX)
Why I wrote this post
I was taking PX7 Primal Flow. I've switched to the VigRX Prostate Support now. It seemed if I could write a review to get the attention of PX7 Primal Flow users and turn them on to a much better value for their money, it would be a good thing to do.
So let me cover some preliminaries here first. And then I can show you why this VigRX is the real deal and the much better value for the bucks.
BPH: Why older men need prostate supplement formulas
As men age, a condition known as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) occurs. Hyperplasia is a term referring to the excess growth of cells. Now, "prostatic" refers to the prostate, and "benign" means non-cancerous. In other words, for most men, as they age, the prostate grows and increases in size.
The takeaway is that most men eventually develop PBH.
That doesn't mean prostate cancer. But it also doesn't mean "normal" just because most men get it. It just means it happens.
Over time, our bodies tend to break down to some extent as we age. But for some, it happens worse and/or sooner due to complications: from prescription drugs; diabetes, heart issues and/or high blood pressure, kidney disease, stress, lack of exercise.
And the processed foods in our diets don't help, either.
You want to use a natural product to treat prostate enlargement if you can
Natural products are the way to go, and more and more people are becoming aware of this reality. If you can deal with your issues with natural products vs pharmaceuticals, you generally have better outcomes with less complications.
I will also say that you need to consult with your healthcare practitioner. I'm not a doctor. I just do extensive research in the area of natural nutrition. But you need to take my information and verify it with a medical professional you can trust.
Also, it is probably a good idea to get a PSA test.
If you don't know what that is, a PSA test is a "prostate-specific antigen" test.
According to Cleveland Clinic, "An antigen is a marker that tells your immune system whether something in your body is harmful or not. Antigens are found on viruses, bacteria, tumors and normal cells of your body."
So the PSA test specifically looks for markers in your blood that show your body is working to deal with cancerous or precancerous cells in your prostate.
Always good to know that you're only dealing with BPH and not something more serious.
What are prostate supplements intended to do?
Prostate supplements try to tackle the problem of the symptoms and complications that come with prostate enlargement:
- more frequent urges to urinate (and especially at night.... very annoying)
- difficulty or pain during urination
- difficulty starting urination
- weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
- dribbling at the end of urination
- inability to completely empty the bladder
- and (sometimes) resulting loss of "performance" sexually
Prostate supplements are made up of all kinds of different combinations of plant sterols, herbs, vitamins and minerals, occasionally along with other varying ingredients like certain amino acids in different amounts and combinations.
Typical ingredients will often include Beta Sitosterol, Stinging Nettle root, Pumpkin seed extract, Pygeum bark and other fruits and herbs. You will also see that some of them contain certain amino acids like L-Alinine, L-Glycine, L-Glutamic Acid and others.
As a little side note here, you might want to read this article I wrote about the way prostate supplements are marketed to see, for instance, why some brands seem to consistently get nothing but glowing reviews.
So how do VigRX and PX7 Primal Flow stack up?
I've been a fan of the PX7 Primal Flow for a while now, recommending it in my posts and in many of the comparisons I've written. In my opinion and in my experience, I found that the PX7 worked better for me than Super Beta Prostate or Primegenix.
I'm not everyone and you might have different results. But if you're curious how the PX7 looks compared to those others, you can read about it here. And it might be a good idea. Because literally EVERYTHING I am saying about the PX7 applies EVEN MORE to the VigRX.
So, why do I say the VigRX is the clear winner in this contest?
As with other reviews about prostate supplements that I've done so far, it seemed to make sense to put it into a chart format so you can see what I'm describing here. In this case, a picture is worth a few hundred words, anyway.
A quick look at the chart will tell you pretty much all you need to know: VigRX is more of everything. Plain and simple.
The PX7 Primal Flow is a great product. I've compared it to Primegenix and shown why I personally believe it is more effective at dealing with the root causes rather than just masking symptoms. But if you compare the VigRX to the PX7, you'll see that the VigRX is almost exactly PX7 times one and a half the amount of pretty much every ingredient.
The ingredients in the charts are grouped by types: plant sterols, herbal supplements (like cayenne peppr and Reish Mushroom), vitamins, amino acids and various minerals.
A broad brush stroke: looking at the ingredients list, it's "herbal" vs "plant sterols."
What do I mean by that?
I spent a considerable amount of time comparing and contrasting the various ingredients in many of these brands of products. As I said, I put them into excel sheet format for easy comparison.
The more I looked at them, the more I realized they seemed to approach this whole issue of treating enlarged prostate with different philosophies.
So it seems, perhaps, what they are saying is it can reduce swelling in the prostate. But when I looked at the NIH (National Institutes of Health), it said something different.
The NIH has a record of a double-blind, controlled study of over 500 men. Their points about it: "The trial using 100% B-sitosteryl show improvement in urinary flow measures. B-sitosterols did not reduce prostate size."
So yes, it seems the best gage (double-blind, placebo controlled studies) shows that it helped with symptoms - improvement in urination, reduction in frequency, etc. But it DID NOT reduce the size of the prostate.
What is in the VigRX?
VigRX does have a bit of the plant sterol compound in it. But the bulk of what it has is this amazingly long and full list of different herbal ingredients.
But I selected some from this list because I'm more familiar with them in other products, so it seemed worth zeroing in on them as a focus. I know these are showing up in a lot of studies, including some controlled, double-blind studies that point to their actual effectiveness - BOTH for controlling symptoms AND reducing prostate size and growth.
That seems a little more to me than JUST symptom relief as with Prostagenix. With VigRX (compared to many other supplements out there) you are alleviating ROOT CAUSES and not just masking symptoms.
Anyway, let's look at these particular ingredients (as they definitely have some street cred with the NIH):
- stinging nettle,
- saw palmetto,
- pumpkin seed extract
- pygeum extract.
In an article on the NIH website called "A comprehensive review on the stinging nettle effect and efficacy profiles," it has this to say about stinging nettle.
Nettle root is recommended for complaints associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We therefore conducted a comprehensive review of the literature to summarise the pharmacological and clinical effects of this plant material. It seems likely that sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), aromatase, epidermal growth factor and prostate steroid membrane receptors are involved in the anti-prostatic effect...
Translation: Nettle Root seems to work with sex hormones in the body and prostate cell membrane receptors to create the effectiveness of reducing the enlargement. (By the way, I'm getting good results with an estrogen reducer called Testodren - it helps the body convert bad estrogen to testosterone and so it helps lower estrogen and increase testosterone. But if you wish, you can read my research about that here.)
Extract and a polysaccharide fraction were shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. A proprietary... nettle root extract... inhibited cell proliferation.
Translation: Nettle root extract inhibited the increase in the number of cells growing in the prostate.
The clinical evidence of effectiveness for nettle root in the treatment of BPH is based on many open studies. A small number of randomized controlled studies indicate that a proprietary methanolic extract is effective in improving BPH complaints.... The risk for adverse events during nettle root treatment is very low, as is its toxicity.
Translation: Nettle Root studies are many. Randomized, controlled studies indicate it is effective in improving BPH complaints.
In a study by Mount Sanai Hospital, they say, "Stinging nettle root is used widely in Europe to treat BPH. Studies in people suggest that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate."
Summary on stinging nettle: effective at reducing symptoms AND reducing size of prostate and number of cells. That sounds like a better deal than JUST masking symptoms. Stopping (and maybe reversing?) overgrowth seems more like dealing with ROOT CAUSE rather than just easing symptoms.
This brings us to....
The NIH has an interesting article looking at a controlled, blind study (the best testing method, it seems) about Saw Palmetto.
Results: Subjects treated with β-sitosterol enriched saw palmetto oil showed significant decrease in IPSS, AMS and ADAM scores along with reduced postvoiding residual volume (p < 0.001), PSA (p < 0.01) and 5α-reductase from baseline to end of 12-week treatment as compared to placebo. There was also a significant increment in the maximum and average urine flow rate (p < 0.001), and serum free testosterone level of subjects treated with enriched saw palmetto oil as compared to placebo.
Conclusion: This study demonstrates the efficacy of β-sitosterol enriched saw palmetto oil superior to conventional oil thus extending the scope of effective BPH and androgen deficiency treatment with improved quality of life through the intake of functional ingredients.
Translation: The study had three groups of people in it. One part got a placebo; a second part got the Saw Palmetto by itself; the third part got the Saw Palmetto together with beta sitosterol. There was a marked difference in benefit, mostly in the group that got the combination of beta sitosterol AND the Saw Palmetto.
So notice, now, that the PX7 Primal flow has both the beta sitosterol AND the Saw Palmetto. To me, that is a BIG PLUS, and maybe the reason it works for me so well.
Pumpkin Seed Extract
in a PubMed.Gov article (NIH) they discussed pumpkin seed extract for treating symptoms of PBH (prostate enlargement). In this study, they used a pumpkin seed extract to test its effectiveness on treating symptoms of enlarged prostate.
They had a total of 60 men, average age of 62 with very high levels of symptoms. They received one dose daily of pumpkin seed extract, for 3 months.
Change in IPSS [standard grading for symptoms] within treatment period was assessed. Frequency of nocturia was recorded by bladder diary, and postvoid residual urine volume was determined through ultrasound. Between baseline and after 12 weeks of supplementation, a significant symptom reduction of an average 30.1%.... Symptom alleviation had a high impact on quality of life... and was significant after 8 and 12 weeks of intervention... Nocturia significantly decreased over time, as confirmed by IPSS questionnaire and bladder diary. Postvoid residual urine volume was significantly reduced at the end of intervention...
These results indicate that the oil-free hydroethanolic pumpkin seed extract seems to be a very well tolerable, appropriate plant extract to support health benefits in a collective suffering from BPH related symptoms without the need of medical treatment.
Translation: The men kept diary records and they tested the bladder contents with ultrasound. Results?
- An average of 30% reduction occurred:
- decreased nighttime urination;
- a great reduction of urine left in the bladder after urination
Bottom line is it seems to have a great impact on reducing symptoms.
One thing to note about NIH reports is that they always show a "conflict of interest" statement about those running the study. Just something to be aware of.
Some of guys doing the study work for companies that make pharmaceuticals or natural products. One is an independent urologist, and a fourth one is employed by the University of Graz. They all declare that they have no conflict of interest.
But I like that the NIH lists this stuff with the study. Always good to be transparent.
You can find a lot on the NIH website. If you can intrepret the "glockspeak" it has some good information. And I wanted to touch on something I found about this Pygeum Bark that is in the PX7 Primal Flow.
From a paper on the NIH website (trimmed for clarity):
Trials were searched in computerized general and specialized databases, by checking bibliographies, and by contacting relevant manufacturers and researchers....
Trials were eligible if they (1) were randomized (2) included men with BPH (3) compared preparations of Pygeum africanum (alone or in combination) with placebo or other BPH medications (4) included clinical outcomes such as urologic symptom scales, symptoms, or urodynamic measurements. Eligibility was assessed by at least two independent observers.
A total of 18 randomized controlled trials involving 1562 men met inclusion criteria and were analyzed... 17 were double-blinded... The [average] study duration was 64 days...
Compared to men receiving placebo, Pygeum africanum provided a moderately large improvement in the combined outcome of urologic symptoms and flow measures... Men using Pygeum africanum were more than twice as likely to report an improvement in overall symptoms... Nocturia was reduced by 19%, residual urine volume by 24% and peak urine flow was increased by 23%. Adverse effects due to Pygeum Africanum were mild and comparable to placebo.
Reviewer's conclusions: A standardized preparation of Pygeum africanum may be a useful treatment option for men with lower urinary symptoms consistent with benign prostatic hyperplasia....
So what about the price? What is the REAL cost of PX7 Primal Flow vs VigRX?
- PX7 Primal Flow: One month supply $69 per bottle; Three month supply $59 per bottle; Six month supply $49 per bottle
- VitalFlow: One month supply $69 per bottle; Three month supply $59 per bottle; Six month supply $49 per bottle
- And the CLEAR WINNER: VigRX: One month supply $59.95 per bottle; Three month supply $51.65 per bottle; Six month supply $48.33 per bottle
Every bottle of VigRX contains as much of all the good stuff as one and a half bottles of the others.
CLEAR WINNER. VigRX.