Five great uses for saw palmetto

Five great uses for saw palmetto

Saw palmetto is a natural ingredient from a plant - originating from the southeastern states of the United States - that holds promising benefits for people across the world. The berries of this plant can be used in supplements, oils and tea to treat a number of conditions. Here are five great uses for saw palmetto. 

  • Hair loss

  • One of the main uses of saw palmetto is to fight against hair loss. It works by reducing the level of DHT - a hormone which causes hair follicles to shrink and forces hair out of the scalp.  Saw palmetto has been shown to be particularly effective at growing hair loss in men suffering from male pattern baldness, with some studies finding a 60% success rate. This is one of the ingredients in our Sons shampoo. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12006122)

  • Prostate health

  • The prostate is the gland located between the penis and the bladder in men, which helps to maintain the health of sperm. Research shows that saw palmetto helps to protect the tissues in the prostate from the attack of damaging illnesses such as cancer and prostate enlargement.  One study highlighted that saw palmetto was able to decrease the growth of cancerous cells. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11913955)

  • Urinary tract issues

  • Urinary tract issues usually affect older men and include symptoms such as difficulty urinating, pain when urinating or a lack of urinary control (i.e. incontinence). Saw palmetto helps to decrease these symptoms by helping to reduce prostate enlargement and the inflammation of the urinary tract. 

     

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Saw palmetto has been used for hundreds of years as a way to reduce the inflammation of the tissue. The antioxidants in saw palmetto (epicatechin and methyl gallate) are the reason for its soothing effects. There is also newer research that shows saw palmetto can prevent damage to cells and protect against chronic disease.

  • Improve sex drive

  • Saw palmetto is a natural way to boost testosterone. The regulation of this hormone can impact several aspects of health, including mood, cognition and sex drive. The boost of testosterone can be especially useful for men later in life when they experience a decline in their natural hormone levels.

    The berries of the saw palmetto plant contain compounds with a number of health benefits - it helps to rebalance hormone levels, reduce inflammation and protect damage to cells.