Saw palmetto benefits

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Saw palmetto frequently equals and sometimes exceeds pharmaceuticals for treating benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), the noncancerous enlargement of the prostate that strikes at least half of all men 50 years old and as many as 90 percent of all men 70 years old and up. The condition makes urination difficult, perhaps painful, and leaves a man unable to empty his bladder thoroughly, resulting in frequent visits to the bathroom, especially at night. More than a dozen clinical studies involving almost 3,000 men have verified saw palmetto's ability to markedly alleviate BPH symptoms, increasing urinary flow and decreasing the number of sleep-disturbing jaunts to the John—without the libido-reducing side effects of its pharmaceutical rival (see "Saw palmetto supplements"). The herb helps more men than the synthetic drug, and it gets the job done faster.

Saw palmetto benefits In yet another contrast to the doctor-preferred drug, saw palmetto's phytochemical cornucopia works on several levels. Like the pharmaceutical, it curbs an enzyme that converts testosterone into a hormonal form called dihydrotestosterone, which spurs prostate cells to reproduce. But it also prevents dihydrotestosterone from interacting with prostate cells and quenches tissue inflammation, neither of which the drug seems to do. Dihydrotestosterone also is the leading suspect behind male pattern baldness. Informal, anecdotal evidence indicates that saw palmetto stems hair loss and triggers regrowth, but so far no clinical studies have been conducted to validate or negate the claims. Nor has science tried to verify reports that berry extracts stimulate blood flow to the genitals, support the thyroid's regulation of sexual development, and increase both lactation and breast size.

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