What is Saw Palmetto?
Saw Palmetto is a small palm type of plant that is technically called Serenoa repens. It is mainly found in the southeastern United States along the coast. Saw Palmetto produces yellow flowers and reddish black berries. It is the berries from which the Saw Palmetto extract is taken. The berries themselves are very high in Fatty Acids and Phytosterols. The fruit is taken from the plant, partially dried, and then broken down with a solvent such as hexane or ethanol. The most commonly studied Saw Palmetto product is Permixon.
Different Uses of Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto has been used for hundreds of years as both a food source and as a medicinal plant. Some recent studies have shown that it may have beneficial effects for those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male pattern baldness and other maladies.
Safety and Effectiveness
An advantage of Saw palmetto over prescription drugs such as Proscar and other 5-ARI drugs is that is does not seem to increase your cancer risk. 5-ARI drugs have been linked to prostate cancer due to is effect on DHT