Saw Palmetto
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Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a small palm tree that grows in the Southeastern U.S. Historically its fruit was used as medicine for the Seminole Tribe located in Florida.

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›  Health benefits

Saw palmetto is used today as a supplement to treat urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate gland. It is also used for pelvic pain, decreased sex drive, migraines, hair loss and more. However, there is currently no scientific evidence that use of the saw palmetto plant can help with any medical condition. High-quality scientific studies have concluded that the plant is no more effective than a placebo when it comes to relief of urinary tract symptoms from prostate enlargement. Most studies on saw palmetto included only men, and there haven’t been many studies on the effects of the plant on women and children.

›  How much do I need?

The dosage amount varies depending on age and what it is being used for. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist, physician or other healthcare professional before using. Saw palmetto is well-tolerated but may cause mild side effects, including digestive symptoms or headaches.

›  Dietary supplements

Extracts of the palmetto fruit are used in the form of capsules and tablets. Saw palmetto can also be ground, dried, and used in tea or as a liquid extract.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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