Sabal palmetto is a wild plant that grows in the southern part of the United States. Its other name, saw palmetto, originates from its leaves that resemble the saw. It has a life span of 700 years and is resistant to drought, insects and wildfire. Its black-blue berries, which are harvested in August and September, have medical properties. harvesting of this plant is a double risk: pickers can be easily injured on the ”teeth”, sharp like a razor, and rattlesnakes love to hide in its shades.
How does it work?
People have been using sabal palmetto for a long time; American natives have been using it to treat the diseases of urinary system. Immigrants saw that the animals who eat berries and plants are healthy and vital, and have begun to give them to the weak and sick people as a tonic. Soon after, they started using it against cough and for better digestion. Today, this plant is mainly mentioned in the context of prostate enlargement, and its beneficial effect has been confirmed by numerous scientific studies.
MAIN USEFUL EFFECTS: doctors in Germany, France and other countries regularly prescribe sabal palmetto preparations for patients with benign enlargement of the prostate called hyperplasia or prostate hypertrophy. A normal prostate is as big as a chestnut, but in more than half of men over the age of 50 it is enlarged. Through this gland the urethra passes, which leads urine from the bladder to the penis and then out of the body, so in the cases of hyperplasia urination is painful and frequent (especially at night), urinary stream weaker and emptying the bladder is difficult. Scientists believe that sabal palmetto can help with prostate enlargement in several ways. The most important thing is that it affects the level of various hormones. It also relieves inflammation and reduces swelling of the tissue.
Studies have shown that the use of sabal palmetto is accompanied by fewer side effects (such as impotence) and that results are achieved before treatment with finasteride (Proscar), a standard drug for prostate enlargement. Sabal palmetto shows results after thirty days, while the effect of standard medicines can be seen after six months.
ADDITIONAL USEFUL EFFECTS: evidence of the beneficial effects of sabal palmetto in prostate hypertrophy is very strong, but the effectiveness of the application is not well proven in other cases. This plant is used in the treatment of some forms of prostate inflammation (prostatitis). Laboratory tests showed that sabal palmetto enhances the body’s ability to destroy harmful bacteria, suggesting that it may be useful in treating prostate and urinary tract inflammations. Since sabal palmetto affects the level of hormones associated with the occurance of some forms of cancer, scientists are also studying its effect on malignant diseases.
How to take it?
DOSAGE: the usual dose is 160 mg, twice a day. Be careful if you decide to take bigger doses because the application of more than 320 mg per day is not well researched. Choose dietary supplements that are standardized to contain 85% to 95% fatty acids and sterols, active ingredients of berry with therapeutic action.
USE GUIDELINES: one of the possible causes of prostate enlargement may be cancer, so it is necessary to determine the exact cause of enlargement before you start using sabal palmetto meditation. You should consult your doctor if you want to use this plant for prostatitis. Liquid forms are recommended to be diluted in water before use, as they are bitter. These nutritional supplements can be taken with or without food. Some herbalists recommend sabal palmetto tea, but the tea often does not contain therapeutic amounts of active substances, so the effect on prostate hypertrophy is lower.
Possible side effects
Sometimes mild abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness and headache can occur. If you have any side effects, lower your dose or stop taking these preparations.
IMPORTANT: any person who has blood in urine or difficulties with urination should consult his doctor before using sabal palmetto preparations. These symptoms can also occur in prostate cancer.
Sabal palmetto affects the level of hormones, so men with prostate cancer or people who are taking hormone preparations must consult a physician before they start using this plant.