Saw Palmetto is a yellow berry from a genus of palm tree that has toothed green leaves and white flowers.
It is used in various ways in traditional herbal medicine.
Berries turn black and brown when ripe and are dried for medicinal use.
Native American Indians used the berry in their food and to treat various problems in the urinary and reproductive systems.
The Mayans drank a tonic made from their juice and the Seminoles used the berries as an expectorant and antiseptic.
Today, Saw Palmetto's primary use is to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.
Studies have shown that it can reduce the need to urinate at night and improve urine flow and relieve pain when urinating.
Saw Palmetto contains phytochemicals that affect the level of testosterone in the body and reduce the amount of an enzyme that promotes prostate cell growth.
Saw Palmetto is often combined with nettle extract to treat BPH. It is the most popular herbal treatment for this condition and over two million American men use Saw Palmetto for the prostate.
The active compounds in Saw Palmetto include fatty acids, plant sterols and flavonoids.
Berries also contain polysaccharides that can reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system
If taking medications, talk to your doctor or naturopath before starting to use Saw Palmetto supplements.
Saw Palmetto may interact with medications such as aspirin, warfarin, ibuprofen, blood thinners and hormone replacement therapy.
In combination with Ginkgo biloba or garlic, Saw Palmetto can seriously increase the risk of bleeding.
Do not self-medicate for BPH with Saw Palmetto without seeing your doctor for a proper diagnosis to rule out prostate cancer.
Saw Palmetto may have similar effects to some hormones and should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, or women who have had or are at risk for hormone-related cancers.
For best results add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons to your breakfast cereal, fresh juice, yogurt, smoothies or simply dissolved in half a glass of water.
Recommended Maximum Daily Dosage: 0.75g (1/4 teaspoon) to 1.5g (1/2 teaspoons).
Example for a recipe with Saw Palmetto powder – prostate tonic:
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Saw Palmetto powder with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric mix with black pepper powder in a glass of water and, if possible, accompany it with 1 coffeespoon of coconut oil. Coconut oil will support greater absorption of turmeric and Saw Palmetto properties.
To preserve the freshness of this product:
Avoid exposure to heat.
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
Remove all existing air before closing the package.
Close the bag securely after use.
Store in a cool, dry place.
This product should be consumed as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Much of the information and descriptions of products and their properties contained on this website have been collected from various databases and reports of traditional medicine and have not been submitted, evaluated or controlled by the medical or food authorities / EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). According to the law in force, natural products and food are not yet covered in the cure, diagnosis and prevention of diseases. If you are being medicated it is advisable to consult your doctor or therapist for more information about possible interactions with your medications.