In the field of medicine, especially in the department of sexual health, one of the most well-known ingredients is Saw Palmetto. Now let us know more about this aphrodisiac.
What is Saw Palmetto?
Saw Palmetto, also known as Serenoa repens, is a type of a palm tree that grows in the Southern states of the US especially Florida.
Native Americans ate its fruits as food to treat conditions in the urinary tract and reproductive system. These problems were mostly associated with the enlarged prostate.
They also used it to treat a cough, indigestion, sleeping and infertility problems.
What Is Saw Palmetto Used For?
Although doctors in America are skeptical to use saw palmetto, doctors in Europe use it. Even though this skepticism exists, saw palmetto is used by more than two million American men.
Primarily, it is used to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
Saw Palmetto is used for various other treatments like:
- Low sperm count
- Low sex drive
- Hair loss
In what forms can Saw Palmetto be used?
Saw Palmetto can be ingested as berries and can be used as an extract.
Dosage and Usage Information Of Saw Palmetto As A Male Enhancement Supplement:
Saw Palmetto berries can be taken 1-2 grams per day.
As an 80-90% liposterolic extract, the recommended dose is 160-320 mg per day.
How Does Saw Palmetto Help As A Male Enhancement Ingredient?
Our prostate glands grow with age. If it gets too big, it starts to apply pressure on the bladder as well as the urethra.
Saw Palmetto stops testosterone into breaking down into dihydrotestosterone. This helps in decreasing the rate of growth/stop the growth of the prostate gland.
By stopping the growth of the prostate gland, saw palmetto helps solve these conditions of BPH:
- Trouble starting urination
- Frequent urination
- Dribbling while urination
- Straining while urinating
- Weak urine stream
- Nocturia (increased urination at night)
- Inability to empty the bladder
Benefits & Uses Of Saw Palmetto As A Male Enhancement Supplement:
Saw Palmetto can boost the levels of free testosterone in both men and women’s bodies and thereby inhibit the effects of testosterone deficiency.
It does by stimulating production as well as inhibiting testosterone to be converted into its byproducts like dihydrotestosterone.
By improving the levels of free testosterone, saw palmetto increases fertility and libido in both men and women.
Side Effects of Consuming Saw Palmetto:
Natural medications do have side effects, although occasional. Given below are the side effects which are to be considered before using saw palmetto:
- A headache
One must always consult an expert before using saw palmetto. Here are some warnings that are to be followed:
- Saw Palmetto should NOT be used by pregnant/lactating women. It must NOT be given to children.
- Saw Palmetto can reduce the effect of contraceptive pills. Contraceptive pills contain estrogen and saw palmetto can decrease the effects of it, thereby decreasing the effectiveness.
- Saw Palmetto should NOT be consumed with prescribed medicines that make the blood thin like anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs. These medicines include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, warfarin, heparin, diclofenac, clopidogrel, etc.
- Saw Palmetto must NOT be consumed by patients suffering from low blood pressure.
- Saw Palmetto can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Hence, care must be taken to NOT get hurt or get an open wound.