Saw palmetto is a small, tough, spiny palm tree that grows in the southern US. This robust tree can live up to the hearty age of 700-years-old. Saw palmetto trees contain dark berries that have medicinal properties of particular interest to men.
A number of scientific studies have verified that saw palmetto can relieve some of the symptoms associated with prostate problems. One-third of men over the age of 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia - an enlarged prostate – which can obstruct the urethra and cause frequent, and sometimes painful urination. Saw palmetto seems to alter hormones that cause prostrate cells to multiply. It may also reduce inflammation and swelling in the area. The saw palmetto herb has also been used to boost the immune system, treat urinary tract infections and may even have some effect on preventing prostate cancer.
Studies have shown that using saw palmetto may bring faster results than prescription prostate medications. Furthermore, fewer side effects including reduced libido and impotence may be experienced with the herb as compared to drug therapies.
Look for supplements that contain 85% to 95% fatty acids and sterols, the active therapeutic ingredients in saw palmetto.