Daily Dose of Saw Palmetto: 320mg
Saw Palmetto is a plant that is a low growing palm tree. Its fruit, when ripe, can be used medicinally and is most well known to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate. According to research by Medline Plus, supplements can ease several benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms, including difficulty urinating and urinating too frequently. According to Medline Plus, it may even be as effective as prescription medication for the prostate. However, researchers disagree on how it affects the prostate exactly. Some believe that it influences testosterone levels and reduces the enzyme that stimulates prostate cell growth. Others say it shrinks the size of the actual prostate. It is not clear so more research needs to be conducted in order to find out the effects of saw palmetto on BPH.
Taking saw palmetto supplements may even help reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer. Saw palmetto may also have health benefits for women as well. It can reverse Hirsutism, which is a condition where women may have male-patterned hair growth. This condition is caused by an overabundance of testosterone and saw palmetto may stop its overproduction. Other benefits for women include treatment to bladder disorders such as urinary tract infections. It acts as an antiseptic to treat inflammation of the bladder and painful urination.
We can find saw palmetto supplements in capsule form, dried berry, tincture and tablet. The standard dose for treating BPH is 160mg twice a day. Most people can take saw palmetto without any problems but some side effects may include dizziness, nausea, headache, diarrhea, and constipation. It may interact with other drugs like BPH prescription drugs and blood thinners. Consult a physician before deciding to take this supplement.
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