What is Saw Palmetto?
Saw Palmetto is a supplement derived from the rich purple berries of the Serenoa Repens plant, a dwarf palm plant that is native to California and southern coastal areas of North America. As a remedy, saw palmetto has a long history that dates back to the Native Americans, who used the berries to treat urinary problems in men, as well as breast problems in women.
Today, the supplement is used widely to treat Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH), a condition that commonly affects men as they approach the age of about 50. More recently, it is also becoming a recognized alternative treatment for hair loss- both male pattern baldness, and conditions like alopecia.
A Natural Treatment for BPH:
Benign Prostate Enlargement is a non-cancerous condition of the prostate, where the gland itself increases in size, and causes discomfort and an increased frequency of urination. Sometimes the process of urination becomes physically difficult, with an interrupted flow and pain in the urinary tract.
While saw palmetto does not actually decrease the size on an enlarged prostate, it does alleviate the symptoms. A recent study of saw palmetto showed an average of 43% improvement in urine flow, and 28% improvement in urinary tract discomfort for those being administered the remedy.
Saw palmetto is currently the most popular natural remedy for hair loss. Research into its effectiveness is still ongoing- however, a small study conducted in 2002 showed that 60% of participants did achieve some hair re-growth, and a slowing in further hair-loss compared to those administered with a placebo. Whilst research remains inconclusive, the ongoing popularity of the remedy provides a growing body of evidence that saw palmetto is working for thousands of people using it in their everyday lives.
Be sure to consult your doctor before undertaking any course of supplements. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid saw palmetto.
What the Papers Say:
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Saw Palmetto: What Will Research Show Next?
Whilst saw palmetto is established as an alternative, natural remedy for prostate health, it will be exciting to see what uses scientists find for it next. Already, there is encouraging evidence that it can be a powerful opponent to hair-loss. It remains to be seen what other special properties it has in store for us!
What People on the Web Say:
It Works For Me!
I have been taking this product for several years to combat the â€œold man prostateâ€ problem of shrinking prostate. It seem that if I take several most days I have relieved the problem. I am happy so far.â€“ William M. Spence
It Makes a Difference!
Having taken this with great trepidation to start with, found after a month of use that it did make a difference. Instead of getting up three times a night, quite often now its only once a night.â€“ Colin E
Thereâ€™s a Marked Improvement in my Condition!
I have been taking the product for around two months and I have noticed a marked improvement in my condition. My urge to go to the toilet has diminished and become less frequent and less urgent. I am far more comfortable. I think I am also emptying my bladder more efficiently and will carry on taking this remedy.â€“ Mr Walter W
I Highly Recommend It!
I have an enlarged prostate that had a psa reading of 38, since taking saw palmetto its now down to 26. So if you have the same trouble, I highly recommend trying this herbal treatment.â€“ roy atkinson
No More Broken Sleeps for Me!
My problem was broken sleep caused by having to go to the toilet 4 or 5 times each night. This has been reduced to 1 or 2 times each night. I take one pill before I go to bed ;I do not take any for the daytime as daytime is not a problem.â€“ J.Greenhalgh
I Feel Better!
Having been diagnosed with BPH a number of years ago with a psa reading of over 14, I decided to take Saw Palmetto as I heard it was a good remedy. Since taking it my psa has reduced to 7 and my symptoms have reduced too. I mentioned this to my urologist and he stated that although he was not able to recommend Saw Palmetto he had heard of trials that were ongoing and thus far with good results.â€“ mr Terry H