Saw Palmetto Caps
Originally used by Native Americans as a remedy for urinary problems, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is now popular as an over-the-counter supplement for prostate health. And for good reason.
Evidence is building that this herb - extracted from the dark purple berries of the American Saw Palmetto plant - may help treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the fancy name for an enlarged prostate gland. In Germany, Austria, Italy, and other European countries, Saw Palmetto is an accepted medical treatment for BPH. BPH is an overgrowth of the cells in the prostate gland, possibly due to changes in hormone levels that occur with age. It affects many men over age 40, and more than half of men over 60. BPH is not cancer, nor does it cause cancer. But an enlarged prostate that presses on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) can interfere with urination, causing a frequent, urgent need to urinate (often in the middle of the night), a decreased or stop-and-start urine flow, and the feeling that you haven''t completely emptied your bladder. If symptoms worsen, the first line of treatment is usually prescription drugs, alpha blockers (such as tamsulosin, brand name Flomax) and finasteride (Proscar). Another option is Saw Palmetto.
Saw Palmetto is used in combination with seven other herbs (PC-SPES) to treat prostrate cancer. Clinical studies have used a liposterolic extract of saw palmetto berry containing 80-90% fatty acids. Improvement can take up to two months of treatment. Historically, Saw Palmetto has also been used to increase breast size, to improve sexual vigor, to stimulate hair growth, and to treat irritated mucous membranes. * Concomitant use of Saw Palmetto can interfere with oral contraceptives and hormone therapies.