Saw Palmetto, otherwise known as Serenoa repens, is a member of the palm family. This small fan-like and fingery shaped palm tree grows naturally in Florida only, home of the Seminole Indians. These Native Americans saw the palmetto fruit as a food and medicine, despite its bad taste and smell. The Floridian Native Indians used Saw Palmetto, small berry-shaped fruits, to relieve stomachaches and assist with dentistry.
Today, Saw Palmetto is more commonly used to treat enlarged prostate, in the early stages especially. It can be more effectively used in men who are over the age of 40 in improving prostate health. Studies have shown that for men who have benign prostatic hypertrophy, Saw Palmetto is especially beneficial. It will inhibit DHT (dihydrotestosterone) formation by effecting 5-alpha-redctase activities. While Saw Palmetto is an effective treatment for the serious health concerns associated with prostate problems, it has been recognized as being beneficial for men taking testosterone-boosting supplements.
Some other more common uses for Saw Palmetto may include:
• Increase Hair growth for men experiencing age related Hair loss
• Urinary Tract Problems
• Aid in production of certain female hormones
• Improve cardiovascular health
The berries in Saw Palmetto consist of carbohydrates, fixed oils, steroids, flavonoids, resin, pigment, tannin, and volatile oil. This palm also contains diuretic, urinary antiseptic, endocrinological, and anabolic properties, while the fruit and seeds contain triacylglycerol.
To assist in the early stages of BPH, Saw Palmetto should be used in 320 - 500 mg. doses in the pill or capsule form per day for four to six weeks. Follow by 160 mg twice daily. As a tea, 5 – 6 grams of Saw Palmetto can be used daily.
Saw Palmetto is not recommended for children and in rare cases may cause upset stomach. Please consult your physician before taking Saw Palmetto if you are taking any other prescription drugs.