Saw palmetto is an extract derived from the berries of the saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), a plant indigenous to the coastal regions of the southern United States and southern California.
Saw palmetto is a remarkable herb for both men and women and is used by natural health practitioners to treat a variety of ailments such as testicular inflammation, urinary tract inflammation, coughs and respiratory congestion. It is also used to strengthen the thyroid gland, balance the metabolism, stimulate appetite and aid digestion. This wonderful herb is becoming famous for its uses in hair restoration, prostate health, sexual vigor, breast enhancement and as a nutritive tonic.
Saw palmetto berry also tones the urethra and it may be used to uphold the healthy function of the thyroid gland and urinary system. One of Saw Palmetto's key uses is treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
BPH is enlargement of the prostate gland, and can block the urethra and require surgery. Saw Palmetto is believed to inhibit the actions of testosterone on the prostrate, which causes enlargement of the prostate which interfered with urinary flow. Saw Palmetto herb helps improve urinary flow and reduced the frequency and urgency of urination in men with BPH.
Saw Palmetto is also used to treat bladder inflammation, chronic bronchitis, among other conditions. The fatty acids in Saw Palmetto are thought to have testosterone inhibiting effects on the prostate. Saw Palmetto also prevents testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes prostate cells to multiply, and also leads, to male balding. Saw Palmetto herb prevents the binding of DHT to androgen receptors, thus playing a key role in helping prevent and treat prostate enlargement, and also hair loss.