Saw Palmetto Background and Benefits
Saw palmetto, known scientifically as Serenoa repens, is the only member of the Serenoa genus. It is a small palm with a maximum height of about 10 feet. Saw palmetto typically grows in dense thickets in sandy soil, usually as undergrowth in pine forests. This palm is native to the coastal plains in the southeastern United States, although its range reaches as far inland as Arkansas. The saw palmetto is particularly slow-growing, with some specimens living up to 700 years.
The extract of the saw palmetto fruit has a long history in folk medicine among Native Americans especially for urinary and reproductive problems. The Seminoles in Florida also used saw palmetto berries as an antiseptic and expectorant, while the Mayans in Central America drank an extract as a tonic. European and American medical practitioners have used palmetto extract for more than 200 years for conditions such as general weakness and urogenital problems.
Saw palmetto extract's most popular use in herbal medicine is in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This condition is characterized by a gradual enlargement of the prostate gland, which is commonly occurs in older men. The early research on this issue indicates that saw palmetto extract supports healthy urethra function.
Uses of Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto extract is primarily used to help support prostate health and maintain healthy function. It may also help increase bladder management for women.
A combination of saw palmetto and Echinacea may help improve the bladder capacity and management in women.
Prostate health support
Early research shows that a combination of saw palmetto, lycopene and selenium may help support healthy prostate function. Saw palmetto may also help support healthy inflammation management within the prostate.
Signs You May Need Saw Palmetto
You may benefit from taking saw palmetto if you have an unhealthy functioning prostate. If you have urinary problems such as urinating too frequently or if you have difficulty in urinating. These symptoms often occur when the prostate gland begins to press on the urethra that passes through the prostate gland.
Other Ingredients That May Be of Interest
Chrysin - Chrysin is a flavone primarily found in passion flowers, although it is also found in other plants such chamomile, honeycomb and the oyster mushroom. The most common use of chrysin in herbal medicine is to boost testosterone levels in men naturally. Chrysin does this by helping to resist the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Additional uses of chrysin include for those who need support to cope with bouts of stress, low moods and manage frustration as well as to help support healthy inflammation management.
Synonyms and Similar Forms of Saw Palmetto
Serenoa repens fruit, Saw Palmetto berry