saw palmetto berry treats benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, will affect more than half of all men in their lifetime and 90% of all men over 85. What would you do if you knew that there was a herb that was safer than the best drugs and worked at least as well?

The herb is called saw palmetto berry. Several head-to-head studies have proven it to be as good as or better than the best drugs the pharmacy has to offer, while being way safer. Saw palmetto berry produces fewer side effects, including, importantly, the common pharmaceutical side effect of erectile dysfunction.

Now a new study provides even more proof for saw palmetto.

The study included 70 men between the ages of 40 and 79 who were suffering from BPH. Half went untreated, and half were given 320mg a day of saw palmetto. Saw palmetto berry should be standardized for 85%-95% fatty acids and sterols, but it is not clear from this study whether the herb they used was standardized for that active ingredient.

At the end of the 12 month study, the saw palmetto berry group had significant increases in both maximum flow rate and average flow rate, indicating better urine flow. Importantly, prostate size (volume) increased significantly less in the saw palmetto group. While International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) was significantly reduced compared to the control group, the reduction did not reach clinical significance. The last finding is odd since previous studies and meta-analysis have consistently found saw palmetto berry to reduce IPSS significantly and at least as well as drugs.

This study adds to the evidence that saw palmetto berry is the best treatment available for men with BPH.



Pril (Makedon Akad Nauk Umet Odd Med Nauki) 2017;38(2):123-129



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