Saw Palmetto Herbal Supplement

Saw Palmetto Info

Saw palmetto, known as Serenoa Repens, is a small palm type of plant. It produces yellow flowers and reddish black berries.  Its ripe fruit is used to make the saw palmetto extract which is used as a herbal medicine.  

Saw palmetto is primarily indicated for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.  It is also indicated in treating barrenness in women, increasing lactation; reduce cramps and pain during menstruation and as a general health tonic.

Saw palmetto is listed in the United States Pharmacopeia and is a licensed herb for medicinal use in many countries.

Saw Palmetto Supplement Benefits

  • Saw Palmetto has been in use since centuries as a food source and for its medicinal benefits.

  • It might have a beneficial effect on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

  • It may reduce prostate size and in treatment of certain hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovarian Syndrome.

  • Saw palmetto provides some improvement in urinary symptoms and urine flow.

  • It also helps treat male baldness.

  • Saw palmetto may show some indications to prevent tumors and treatment of cancer, though there are no scientific studies to back this claim.

  • Saw palmetto helps improve functioning of the thyroid gland and balance metabolism.

  • It is useful against cold, cough and sore throat.

  • It is also used as a aphrodisiac.

  • Chronic bronchitis, asthma and migraine also show improvement by use of saw palmetto.

  • Increasing breast size.

  • Reducing bleeding after prostate surgery.

  • Saw palmetto is used as a nutritive tonic.

Saw Palmetto Supplement Dosage

Saw palmetto is not recommended for children

  • For Adults

  • For prostate problems, a dose of 160 mg twice a day or 320 mg once a day.

Saw Palmetto Supplement Side Effects

  • They also include gastrointestinal disturbances and increase the risk of bleeding.

  • Saw palmetto may affect male libido.

  • It can also interfere with birth control pills and hormonal therapy in women.

  • Saw palmetto can interfere with other medications and also in the absorption of iron.

  • Side effects include mild headaches, nausea, and feeling of dizziness.