Sunday, 17 October 2010

WHAT’S IN SAW PALMETTO EXTRACT?

or those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia, there may still be hope. One plant extract that is said to hold a promise for a cure is the Saw Palmetto extract. The Saw Palmetto extract is from the fruit Serenoa repens, which is the Saw Palmetto fruit. The extract, apparently, is the one that carries the healing properties of the plant. The extract is highly enriched with fatty acids and phytosterols.
Just looking at what comprises the extract, we can already derive some of its properties. For instance, phytosterols are said to have cholesterol-lowering properties. Still, one of the cautions when it comes to phytosterols is the fact that lowering cholesterols does not automatically translate to better health. However, for those who have health concerns such as atherosclerosis and plaques that could cause heart attacks and strokes, then the phytosterol component in Saw Palmetto extract can help.
Saw Palmetto is said to have already been used by the Native Americans not only as food but also as treatment for various reproductive system and urinary problems. Other health conditions that the Saw Palmetto extract was used for included asthenia or weakness, and various types of cough wherein the extract was used as an expectorant. As for the condition among men known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, research is still being done to see whether Saw Palmetto extract can actually help with this condition. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a condition wherein a man’s prostate glands swell and blocks the urinary tract. More clinical trials have to be made however, although in vitro studies show that the Saw Palmetto extract has properties that may prove useful against prostate cancer cells or which could also be useful in reducing prostatitis. In addition to this, Saw Palmetto is looked upon as a good herbal medicine because it is produced in great quantities by a Saw Palmetto adult plant.
Although Saw Palmetto extract has herbal or medicinal properties, there are also certain contraindications that are being looked out for. One of these is the possible hormonal interference that the Saw Palmetto extract may cause, thus making it non-advisable for use by pregnant and lactating women. It is also not recommended for small children. It is said that men who have also taken drugs or substance containing the Saw Palmetto extract may also experience mild nausea, reduced libido and erectile dysfunction although there seems to be no evidence directly linking the Saw Palmetto extract to the occurrence of these conditions. In fact, some sources would even say that Saw Palmetto extract can act as a mild aphrodisiac.
It is still advisable that one get a good medical advice when trying out for products that contain Saw Palmetto extract. Apparently, it is considered generally safe although the fact remains that, as a medicinal herb, people will and can have various reactions to it. The best thing to do is still to do some more research and find out if Saw Palmetto extract is the medicinal herb that is suited for you.