Benefits of Saw Palmetto for men’s health

Published May 9, 2014

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The berries of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) have been used since the time of the Mayans for various indications.1 Today, the primary use of saw palmetto is for the management of medically diagnosed Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH),2 a condition that affects many men as they age and can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Several studies suggest that saw palmetto may be used to help relieve the symptoms associated with mild to moderate medically diagnosed BPH including:

  • Alleviation of excessive night time urination.
  • Improvement of urinary flow.
  • Reduction of incomplete emptying of the bladder.
  • Improvement of quality of life.

How does saw palmetto help with BPH and men’s health?

BPH is one of the most common conditions affecting middle‐aged and elderly males,2 with an incidence of approximately 50% in males over 60 and 80% in men over the age of 80.3 While the cause of BPH is not well understood, an accumulation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance derived from testosterone in the prostate, is thought to play a role.4 Saw palmetto is believed to reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT thereby decreasing the growth of prostate cells.2 Its sterols and fatty acids are believed to be responsible for this effect.2

Saw Palmetto & Supplementation

To support prostate health and relieve symptoms of medically diagnosed BPH you can take saw palmetto in a convenient capsule form such as Nature’s Own™ Prostate Health. For the most effective results, look for saw palmetto extracts that are standardized for the active fatty acids.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

Learn about which Nature's Own product may be appropriate for you.

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