WELL BEING: Saw Palmetto.. not just for the boys

26 Oct

by DominusVobiscum (share alike)
Once upon a time, there was a magical berry that increased virility in men, enlarged mammary glands in women and relieved people everywhere of those pesky frequent trips to the bathroom each night.

Actually, it’s not magic.  It’s Saw Palmetto, also known as the Windmill Palm or Sawtooth Palm.  These fan palms most commonly grow in the southern states of the US making them an old-time American tonic with a rich history dating all the way back to the Mayans.

Saw Palmetto produces a dark brown berry about the size of an olive.  These powerful berries contain fat-soluble extracts of naturally occurring hormones and highly beneficial steroidal compounds.

Most often used to maintain urinary tract and prostate health in men, Saw Palmetto has also been shown to be helpful for diseases of the glandular system and as a nutritive herb for folks with Diabetes.

Saw Palmetto specifically eases BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate.  BPH is not life threatening; however, it affects more than half of all men over the age of 60.  BPH is the major cause of a poor nights sleep for many men, having to get up throughout the night with urinary symptoms and frequent urination.  This seemingly magic berry protects the prostate from the enlarging and irritating effects of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone).

It has been suggested that Saw Palmetto can regrow hair in cases of baldness.  It seems reasonable since this herb raises testosterone levels and is touted as a steroid substitute for athletes to increase muscle mass and aid in recovery.  However, there are no studies that prove hair re-growth for certain.  Don’t give up, guys!  The good news is there are very few side-effects and the hormonal stimulation might be proven in current studies.  Fingers crossed.

This magnificent herbal remedy is well-known though history for the benefit of men but let’s not forget that it is recommended to treat weakening urinary organs and the resulting incontinence that may occur in elderly people or women after menopause.  Saw Palmetto also strengthens the urinary organs and is often recommended for kidney stones.

Overall, these berries are highly beneficial for both the male and female reproductive systems, making it generally safe for females to take except in the case of any cancer of the female organs.  In fact, many woman have used Saw Palmetto to naturally increase their breast size.  Certainly, an inexpensive and healthy option that’s worth a try for those considering any kind of breast enlargement surgery.

Continuing on the theme of being an herb for everyone, Saw Palmetto has also been proven to effectively treat acne, calm the nerves, sooth neuralgia, ease a sore throat and combat obesity.

Find Saw Palmetto over-the-counter in health food stores and retail stores alike.  Word to the wise, powder in the capsule digests much more quickly and easily than the hard compact caplets.  Visit with your nutritionist before beginning a trial of Saw Palmetto to get the best dosage advisement.

Be Well!

One Response to “WELL BEING: Saw Palmetto.. not just for the boys”

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