Saw palmetto Berry
Saw palmetto berries have traditionally been used to treat
frequent urination during the night, as well as impotence,
decreased libido, and prostate problems. Today, saw palmetto
berries are widely used to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia),
a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged,
causing symptoms like pain and frequent urination.
The active ingredients in saw palmetto berries are phytosterols
from a variety of fatty acids. Phytosterols prevent conversion
of testosterone to DHT, which is thought to be responsible
for causing the prostate to become inflamed. These substances
also prevent DHT from binding to prostate cells, further
reducing the risk of prostate enlargement.
Saw palmetto berries also have anti-estrogenic and anti-androgenic
properties that keep inflammation in check. The herb has
been widely studied as a remedy for BPH in both the United
States and Europe with consistently favourable results.