Saw Palmetto, A Common Prostate Supplement
When treating prostrate health problems, it is an unfortunate fact that prescription drugs often have significant side effects – occasionally quite severe ones. However, with natural prostate supplements, side effects tend to be non-existent or minimal, so you can improve your prostate without adverse consequences.
One of the best natural supplements for prostrate health is Saw Palmetto, a remedy extracted from the fruit of a palm tree found in the coastal region of the southeastern United States.
Saw Palmetto (scientific name: Serenoa repens) produces yellow flowers and reddish black berries. The berries are highly enriched with fatty acids and phytosterols, so extracts of the fruits are used as a prostrate supplement. The fruit is taken from the plant, partially dried, and then broken down with solvents. The extract of Saw Palmetto acts on the prostate gland by inhibiting the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is produced during the synthesis of testosterone, and is suspected of causing enlargement.
Saw Palmetto does not reduce the overall size of the prostate, but it appears to cause the inner tissues which put pressure on the urethra to shrink. Since BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and urinary difficulties are caused by undue enlargement of these tissues, the remedy is to keep their growth under control. Saw Palmetto may be able to do this because it helps to reduce production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, and also seems to have something of an estrogenic effect. If, as is widely believed, testosterone and / or DHT are the causative agents of prostate enlargement, then the basis of Saw Palmetto’s role in controlling BPH is more easily understood. But is there any scientific proof?
Some studies have shown that Saw Palmetto, used as a natural prostate supplement, can increase urinary flow, reduce residual urine, ease painful urination, reduce dribbling after micturation, and reduce nighttime urination. Overall, these studies have shown a 93% effectiveness in trials, and benefits were noted within the first two weeks. However, there is contradictory evidence which suggests that it is ineffective or its impact is, at best, minimal.
How are we to reconcile this contradictory evidence? The simplest explanation is that the preparations of Saw Palmettio which were used in the trials were of variable quality. But having reviewed all the evidence, and tried it myself, I think it is well worth investigating, and I recommend that you give it a try. Saw Palmetto, being a natural supplement for the prostate, produces few or no side effects compared with synthetic drugs, which generate a variety of problems, and it may be very much preferable to surgery for many men!
If you want to read the scientific summary of the evidence, you can see it here.
There are thousands of men who are eternally grateful for this simple berry extract, which seems to have significantly improved symptoms of frequent urination, urgency and incomplete emptying of the bladder. As a simple, natural supplement, it can do an effective job for less money. But please bear in mind that natural herbal supplements, although effective, are not a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, and are certainly not a substitute for medical advice when you have long standing symptoms.