What is Saw Palmetto?
Saw Palmetto is a short, scrubby palm that grows on the coastal plains of Florida. It has a saw toothed edges that gives the plant its name. The abundant 2 cm long berries are harvested in the wild in the autumn. It is used primarily for its activity in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Saw palmetto is used to treat symptoms of BPH, including reducing urinary frequency, increasing urinary flow, and decreasing nighttime urination. It may delay assist with the need for prostate surgery.
Researchers think that saw palmetto may affect the level of testosterone in the body, and perhaps reduce the amount of an enzyme that promotes the growth of prostate cells. Saw palmetto’s active ingredients include fatty acids, plant sterols, and flavonoids. The berries also contain high molecular weight polysaccharides, which may strengthen your immune system. It is also known as Serenoa serrulata, Serenoa repens and Sabal serrulata and its main use is for prostate health. Saw palmetto has been referred to as Nature’s Propecia, which aids in hair loss in men.
Do not use during pregnancy.
Saw Palmetto may support
• Prostate health – May assist through increased serotonin
• Prostatitis – May Help promote GOOD sleep without the drug hangover.
• Recurrent urinary tract infections – may be effective against infections.
• Lack of breast milk – By increasing the levels of serotonin, 5-HTP may replace anxiousness with a feeling of happiness
• Helps with hair loss – Normalizing serotonin and leptin may act as an appetite regulator
• Increases testosterone Levels – Mood swing disorder may be assisted with increased serotonin