Saw Palmetto is a plant whose ripe fruits or berries are used to make medicine. It is a palm scientifically known as Serenoa repens. It is also known as American Dwarf Palm Tree, Cabbage Palm, Sabal, and Saw Palmetto Berry. Saw palmetto can be eaten fresh (particularly its raw berries), or taken in tea or tincture or supplement form (often containing oils and dried powder extracts).
Health Benefits of Saw Palmetto
- Treats benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
- Alleviates chronic pelvic pain
- Reduces bleeding after prostate surgery
- Protects against prostate disease
- Hampers baldness progression and hair loss
- Improves bladder control
- Relieves sore throat, cough, and colds
- Eases asthma symptoms
- Resolves migraines
- Increases breast size
- Prostate Surgery
Studies have shown that taking saw palmetto before surgery brings a reduction in blood loss and decreases risks of complications.
Abnormal hormone levels can lead to tumor formation, which is why elevated testosterone is among the many causes of prostate disease. Since saw palmetto decreases testosterone levels, it could possibly lower one’s risks of developing disease. Still, there is insufficient evidence supporting the plant’s potency as treatment for the dreaded disease.
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
Several studies have shown that herbal extract of saw palmetto berry can relieve most symptoms associated with prostatitis and enlarged prostate, including painful and frequent urination, as well as nocturia. How the plant brings forth these effects remains unknown but plenty of anecdotal evidence exists to make it a go-to natural remedy for BPH. Many take it along with Flomax. If you suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms you may also want to ask your doctor about the drug Permixon.
With its abundance of phytonutrients, saw palmetto stimulates breast tissue production. In addition, it lowers testosterone levels (including DHT), resulting in greater percentages of estrogen and prolactin – hormones primarily responsible for breast development. Interestingly though, saw palmetto is not considered estrogenic.
Many claim that a combination of beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto causes an increase in hair growth, as well as in follicle length and number. Reviews of herbal supplements tend to have a considerable amount of anecdotal evidence to this effect.
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Cough and Colds
Combined with other herbs, saw palmetto is effective as a quick cough and cold remedy, clearing the airways even in cases of asthma and bronchitis.
An overactive bladder causes incontinence, which is associated with episodes of uncontrolled urination. Saw palmetto’s ability to relieve prostate inflammation has been linked with improved bladder control.
While there is much to be learned about saw palmetto’s medicinal properties, one thing is already clear – it’s nature’s gift to men, but women shouldn’t feel envious at all, given the plant’s breast augmenting properties.
Erectile Dysfunction? (ED)
While the herb has been proven to have beneficial effects on enlarged prostate and may have some carryover characteristics that aid in easing the symptoms of impotence and erectile, dysfunction, there’s no evidence that it should be used as a front-line defense against this condition. Other herbs are more suited as natural remedies for ED if you don’t want to use pharmaceuticals like Viagra and Cialis.
I’m over 40 and fighting some of the conditions talked about here. I take an herbal supplement that contains pygeum and saw palmetto extract. I take it daily along with several other herbs and will for the foreseeable future. Other herbal roots that I take every single day are turmeric and maca and I eat lots of carrots and beets. If you don’t know about the sexual benefits of Maca root, you need to do research and get to taking this stuff.
If you’re interested in information on saw palmetto for prostate health, definitely watch the video posted below.
Side effects like nausea, stomach pain, bad breath, and diarrhea have been reported but are uncommon and usually mild. Patients who have any pre-existing conditions must consult their doctor before taking saw palmetto, especially those getting their PSA checked (otherwise, the results could be inaccurate).
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