Saw Palmetto interesting information for all Men
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), best known today as a treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the berries of the saw palmetto plant have a long history of use as food and medicine among Native Americans. They were first used to treat male urinary tract disorders, as well as to boost sperm production and libido. Saw palmetto may help address BPH (a benign enlargement of the prostate gland) and related urinary tract symptoms by slowing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone via inhibition of the enzyme (5α-reductase) and shrinking the inner lining of the prostate. In animal studies, saw palmetto inhibits the growth of tumor cells, which might mean that it could be useful in treating prostate cancer. However, much more research is needed to confirm this potential benefit in humans.
Uses For Saw Palmetto:
In addition to its use as a treatment for BPH, saw palmetto is also used as a diuretic to increase urine flow, as a sedative, and as an aphrodisiac. Some men use it as a treatment for baldness. However, experts rate saw palmetto as “possibly ineffective” for treatment of BPH, and suggest there to be insufficient evidence regarding its utility for prostate infections, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, prostate cancer, baldness, colds and coughs, sore throat, asthma, chronic bronchitis, migraine headache, increasing breast size, or for reducing bleeding after prostate surgery. Evidence from studies on the usefulness of saw palmetto as a treatment for BPH is mixed, with more recent trials suggesting less efficacy than previously believed.