Saw Palmetto

Also indexed as:Sabal, Sabal serrulata, Serenoa repens, Serenoa serrulata
Saw Palmetto: Main Image© Steven Foster
Common names:
Sabal
Botanical names:
Sabal serrulata, Serenoa repens, Serenoa serrulata

Parts Used & Where Grown

Saw palmetto (sometimes referred to as sabal in Europe) is a native of the southeast United States. The berries of the plant are used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
160 mg twice per day of an extract standardized to contain approximately 80 to 95% fatty acids3 stars[3 stars]
Saw palmetto, the leading natural treatment for BPH, has been shown to help keep symptoms in check when used regularly.
Prostatitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Saw palmetto has been used historically for prostatitis symptoms. The herb contains constituents that help to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

In the early part of the twentieth century, saw palmetto berry tea was commonly recommended by herbalists for a variety of urinary tract ailments in men. Some believed the berry increased sperm production and sex drive in men.

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