Natural Way to Maintain Prostate Health

Saw palmetto is a herb that is a natural and effective treatment for problems related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in other words, enlarged prostate. The medicinal element of saw palmetto is taken from the partially dried ripe fruit of the American dwarf palm tree, which is indigenous to the coastal regions of the southern United States, from the Carolinas and Florida to California.

Saw palmetto is widely used in other countries; for example, it is used in 50 percent of treatments for BPH in Italy and in 90 percent of such treatments in Germany. Saw palmetto appears to have efficacy similar to that of medications like finasteride, but it is better tolerated. There are no known drug interactions with saw palmetto and reported side effects are minor and rare. Though beneficial in BHP, saw palmetto does not prevent prostate cancer.

Some interesting studies on Saw palmetto summarized in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Archives of Family Medicine concluded that:

erection problems A 1994 multi-center study in the U.S. demonstrated saw palmetto's ability to reduce BPH. The study involved 305 patients, each of whom was given a dosage of 160 mg of saw palmetto extract, twice daily. After 45 and 90 days of treatment, the study participants were invited to personally evaluate their experiences. At 45 days, 83% of patients estimated that the treatment was effective. After 90 days, the percentage increased to 88%. Evaluations made by physicians closely mirrored these results.

Men with BPH who used saw palmetto for three months, experienced a significant decrease in receptor sites for DHT.

erection problems In a study of 500 men with BPH, ultrasound scans showed that their prostate size decreased.

erection problems Seven out of eight clinical trials showed significant relief from BPH symptoms.

erection problems In a randomized, 6-month study of 1,098 men, saw palmetto worked as well as finasteride, with fewer side effects.

erection problems In 18 studies involving 3,000 men, saw palmetto use resulted in:
  • a 28% improvement in urinary tract symptoms
  • a 25% reduction in evening trips to the bathroom
  • a 24% improvement in peak urine flow
  • a 43% reduction in residual urine in the bladder

Saw palmetto is effective in nearly 90% of patients, while the leading patent medicine, finasteride (Proscar), is effective in less than 50% of patients.

Saw palmetto has been shown to have very few, if any, side effects. It is important to know that the clinical trials that yielded such fantastic results did not use powdered saw palmetto. Instead, they used a powerful saw palmetto extract, concentrating the fatty acids that actually do this good work. This extract has been shown to inhibit both 5-alpha and aromatase, blocking the production of both DHT and estrogen.(2)

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