No matter how healthy a man believes he is, he should probably take Saw Palmetto. Prostate health is greatly enhanced, and at little risk of side effects.
The saw palmetto is a fan palm found in the southeastern United States. Its berry, a reddish-black fruit, is high in the fatty acids and phytosterols shown to reduce urinary tract infections in men, especially those made worse by an enlarged prostate.
Studies have also been done to examine the effect of saw palmetto extract on prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). According to a 2003 study in American Family Physician, “Saw palmetto appears to have efficacy similar to that of medications like finasteride, but it is better tolerated and less expensive.”
A 2006 study of the effects of saw palmetto on prostate showed no significant changes in urine flow after a year of supplementing 320 mg of saw palmetto extract daily. This study – reported in the New England Journal of Medicine – randomly chose 225 men over the age of 49 with moderate to severe BPH. They used double-blind, placebo-controlled methods.
But a 2005 study published by the World Journal of Urology showed that saw palmetto extract helped to reduce urinary problems in older men. In the study, 129 men who took the supplement for 24 weeks showed “substantially higher reduction in symptoms” than those taking the placebo.
This trial also demonstrated a high degree of safety for the herb. Adverse effects were the same for both the herb group and the placebo group.
So officially, there are mixed results for the saw palmetto-prostate relationship, but with the chance of improvement, the easy tolerance, and lack of major side effects, the odds are on your side for prostate and saw palmetto.