Is Saw Palmetto Good For You? Saw palmetto has traditionally been associated with therapy for the prostate gland. Earlier last century, entries could be found in many pharmacopeias testifying its use for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The petiole has a sharp spiny edge that can cut the clothing or legs of those unfortunate enough to come in contact with it, hence the common name of saw palmetto. The fruit, a one-seeded dark brown to black drupe (known as the berry), is used in medicine. The dried berries, liquid extract, or pressed oil of saw palmetto were used for respiratory complaints, particularly those accompanied by chronic catarrh and conditions of the genitourinary tract, mainly to reduce irritation (for all forms of cystitis) and for prostatic hyperplasia. It was considered to build tissues.
The eclectics used saw palmetto for upper and lower respiratory problems, atrophy of the breast, ovaries, testes, and BPH. Saw palmetto was described as the ‘old man’s friend’ and, with amazing accuracy, as a remedy for prostatic irritation and relaxation of tissue (rather) than for a hypertrophied prostate.’
Several studies have examined the efficacy of Saw palmetto in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia and lower urinary tract symptoms, with conflicting results. A systematic review in 1998 and again in 2000 looked at 18 randomized controlled trials involving men with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
The study’s mean duration was nine weeks (range: 4–48 weeks), and the main comparisons were sawed palmetto versus placebo or saw palmetto versus active control. The conclusions of the analysis were that saw palmetto extract improved urinary tract symptoms and flow measures in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia compared to placebo and performed just as well compared to finasteride. The same group published an updated review in 2002 that added 230 patients from three new trials. They again concluded that saw palmetto extract provided mild to moderate improvement in urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Treats benign prostatic hyperplasia
Promotes urinary tract
Increases hair growth
Addresses alopecia and scalp problems
Ingredients: Wild harvested Saw Palmetto
Parts Used: Berries
Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).
How to use:
Powder: Take 1/2 tsp of dried powder in an 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie once a day.
Capsules: Take 1 capsule 2 times a day with water or favorite beverage.
The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!
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Powdered (2oz), Capsule (s) 60 Vegicaps
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