Saw palmetto is a fan palm that grows in warm climates. The plant produces berries that when ripe are dried for herbal preparations. The berries contain polysaccharides known for their anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.
Saw palmetto is used to treat urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate gland. In addition, this herb may stimulate appetite, act as a diuretic, and may enhance libido.
Sources of Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is available in the following forms: dried berries, teas, encapsulated powder, tablets, tinctures, and extracts. Purchase standardized products (at least 85% fatty acids and sterols).
Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.
- If a prostate problem is suspected, consult a medical professional. Do not self-dose saw palmetto to treat the prostate.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use saw palmetto.
- Saw palmetto may affect hormone levels and should not be taken with contraceptive pills, patches, or hormone replacement therapy.
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