Saw Palmetto extract is derived from the berries and leafs of the Serenoa repens (lat.) plant. The plant has an old history as it was originally used in traditional medicine by indigenous people in the North America. Early 20th century it had already become common as a treatment for urinary tract problems. Modern clinical studies of the plant indicate that it may have a beneficial effect on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is also known as an enlargement of the prostate gland. A key explanation appears to be the compounds found the plant slow the production of 5-alpha reductase. In addition, the extract is used as a natural remedy for coughs, sore throats, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and migraine.
People use saw palmetto extracts for a variety of reasons:
- Urinary tract infections.
- Symptoms of prostate enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).
- Calm the irritated and overactive bladder occasionally associated with bedwetting.
- Reduce hormonal damage to prostate cells, possibly reducing the future risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Maintain healthy blood vessels, nerves and tissues.
- Lower cholesterol.
- As a tonic or expectorant for mucous membranes (particularly the bronchial passages).
- Inhibit testosterone action on the prostate, thus sometimes used for BPH treatment.
- Prevent binding of DHT to androgen receptors, hence helps with hair loss.
- Inhibit androgen and estrogen receptor activity and helps both men and women to balance hormones.
- Help cure inflammation: herb helps treat bladder inflammation and helps with urinary flow.
- Stimulate breast enlargement and to treat uterine irritability.
- Treat impotence, frigidity, and also used as an aphrodisiac.
- New evidence shows that it also may help with thyroid deficiencies.
One teaspoon (2 grams) a day.
Saw Palmetto Berry 20:1 Extract. Contains no fillers.
The various effects are not guaranteed and results may vary due to several factors between different people.
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