Saw Palmetto

For Prostate Health

What is
Saw Palmetto?

Saw Palmetto, also known as Serenoa repens or Sabal serrulatum, is a small shrub-like type of palm plant that grows in the coastal regions of the southern United States (California, Carolinas, Florida). The palm plant has white flowers that produce yellow berries that eventually turn black when they are ripe. Once the black berries have dried out, they can be made into an herb with medicinal properties that have been used for centuries.
Close up of wooden spoon underneath a serving size of dried berries from saw palmetto for prostate health

The herb is mainly packaged as a dietary supplement but has been used to treat
urinary symptoms, bladder infections, and hormonal imbalances for years. Saw Palmetto can be used in several forms, including liquid extracts, capsules, powder, herbs, tea.

Saw Palmetto
For Men

For centuries, there has been a connection between saw palmetto and prostate health. As researchers continue to learn
more about the naturally occurring palm, other countries use Saw Palmetto to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a
non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.

BPH is a common condition that occurs due to the natural aging process in men. As men grow older, the prostate gland may enlarge, resulting in irritative or obstructive symptoms affecting day‑to‑day activities. If left untreated, many men report that symptoms grow worse over time. The use of Saw Palmetto has been used to relieve or improve symptoms associated with BPH (urine stream, incontinence).

It is unclear as to which components of saw palmetto are the most active because the herb is still not entirely understood. However, some researchers believe that the dietary supplement may help to manage testosterone in the body and possibly reduce the amount of an enzyme that promotes the growth of new prostate cells. Other researchers believe that it may help shrink the prostate gland or aid with general inflammation.

Are There Any
Side Effects?

One of the great things about saw palmetto is that there are very few side effects that have been reported with the supplement. The most common mild side effects that have been reported in studies are bad breath and headaches.

Although there has been no evidence to suggest that saw palmetto might cause an interaction with any medication, it is still recommended to talk to your doctor before starting any supplement.

Why We Included it
in Prost-P10x

When we were formulating our men’s prostate health supplement, we made sure to include the best clinically proven ingredients to promote prostate health.

Prost-P10x contains Saw Palmetto and other vitamins and minerals that support prostate health to promote healthy prostate size, normal urination flow, improved urological health, and inflammation support in men.

Clinical Trials
For Saw Palmetto

Plenty of studies have shown the benefits of saw palmetto for prostate health. Below is an excerpt based on clinical relevance from a study called “Saw Palmetto and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia” by Edward M. Gong and Glenn S. Gerber.

“One of the largest single studies of saw palmetto is a European multi-center trial of 1098 men randomized to receive either Permixon or finasteride for 6 months (Carraro et al., 1996). Statistically significant improvements from baseline in symptom score and peak urinary flow rate were seen in both groups, although the flow rate increase was slightly greater among men treated with finasteride. While side effects in both groups were low, patients receiving Permixon did have a lower incidence of sexual dysfunction than those treated with finasteride. Prostate size, as measured by transrectal ultrasound, decreased by 18% in patients treated with finasteride compared to 6% in the Permixon treatment group. In addition, there was a decrease of 41% in serum PSA levels seen with finasteride, but essentially no change in this serum cancer marker was associated with Permixon. Despite the lack of clinically evident 5-alpha reductase activity in men administered Permixon, as demonstrated by the lack of change in serum PSA and prostate volume, IPSS and quality of life scores improved by 39% and 41% respectively in this treatment group compared to 37% and 38% with finasteride. However, in the large American VA Cooperative Trial, finasteride was found to be no more effective than placebo (Lepor et al., 1996). Thus, without a control group in the European study, it is possible that the improvement of symptom scores and quality of life with Permixon and finasteride may be primarily due to a placebo effect.”

The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 32, No. 3, 331–338