Enlarged Prostate Benefits From Using Saw Palmetto To
Promote Prostate Health by Mary Hanna
usually proscribe Proscar (T) and other prostate drugs which take time to become
effective, unlike the Saw Palmetto herb which will kick in within 30 days.
The medicinal part of 'Serenoa Repens' or the Saw Palmetto is derived from the
partially dried ripe fruit of the plant. The Saw Palmetto herb is indigenous to
Southeastern United States but is most prevalent in Florida. It is the sterols and the
fatty acids that are found in the berry that are the active ingredients. In Germany
ninety percent of treatments for BPH use the saw palmetto herb, while in Italy it is
fifty percent. Their successes have been many since BPH is nearly universal in the
aging process of men.
A Study done in Russia tested 150 men with an enlarged prostate who had been
diagnosed with BPH and other prostatic problems. Their findings concluded that
Permixon, a European brand of standardized saw palmetto herb extract, had a long
term efficacy and acceptability as therapy for BPH. The test was conducted over a
period of 24 months and it was found that the quality of life from the base line study
improved dramatically. The men had decreased prostate size, better urinary flow and
increased sexual activity. The saw palmetto herb works by protecting the gland from
irritating testosterone levels and will promote it to shrink.
Even better news about the herb saw palmetto, is that when used to combat
enlarged prostate its side effects are almost none and it is non-toxic. Some men
complained of gastrointestinal disorders but these were relieved when the herb was
taken with food. There were some concerns in the early stages of study that the saw
palmetto herb would mask prostate cancer by lowering the prostate-specific antigen
(PSA) levels. After much more study this was found not to be true.
Many studies show that you must buy a brand that is 'standardized with at least
85-95 percent fatty acids' with 320 grams of the herb. In a few cases when large
amounts where used it caused diarrhea in some patients. Studies have shown that
the saw palmetto extract is effective in 90% of the men in clinical trials in over a four
to six week period. Pharmaceutical drugs have been shown to need up to a year for
significant improvement. Another benefit is that saw palmetto extracts are about one
quarter of the price of pharmaceutical drugs.
There have been other herbs that have be cited as beneficial to enlarged prostate
such as, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed, zinc, green tea, South African star grass and
melatonin. None are as effective or show the promise of the saw palmetto herb.
In conclusion the benefits of the Saw Palmetto herb for an enlarged prostate are
many. It will reduce symptoms of BPH, with occasional mild gastrointestinal distress
but this is infrequent. The herbal remedy will not interfere with a prostate cancer
diagnosis and it has no known drug interactions. The dosage has widely been agreed
on by scientists as 320 grams per day and will cost you significantly less then a
If you have an enlarged prostate and you are looking for an herbal remedy speak to
your Doctor about taking the saw palmetto herb to relieve your symptoms. Always
speak to your Doctor before adding any medicines to your regime whether they are
natural herbs, vitamins or supplements.
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Europe has been using Saw
Palmetto to promote prostate
health for years. Enlarged
prostate or benign prostatic
hyperplasia (BPH) and the herb
saw palmetto has been studied in
European labs for it's
effectiveness in treating the
disorder. American labs lag far
behind in their research of
enlarged prostate and herbs to
treat it. Modern medicine in
America frequently relies on
pharmaceuticals sometimes to
the detriment of natural herbal
remedies. For instance, Doctors
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