SAW PALMETTO is used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the urologic symptoms (e.g. weak urine flow, incomplete voiding, frequent daytime and night time urination) associated with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperpiasia. Saw Palmetto helps to maintain immune function. Saw Palmetto assists the body to metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates for the maintenance of good health. [SOFTGELS]
- Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) fruit lipidosterolic extract (standardized to contain 85-95% free fatty acids, esters & sterols)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride)
- Zinc (citrate)
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Saw palmetto, in many cases, relieves the symptoms of prostate enlargement just as well as conventional medication. Prostate growth is stimulated by excess levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Saw palmetto works by inhibiting the production of DHT, stopping DHT from binding in the prostate and increasing the rate at which DHT is metabolized in the gland.
Excess estrogen slows the removal of DHT from the prostate. By inhibiting estrogen saw palmetto also improves BPH. It has been shown in clinical studies to decrease the size of the prostate without altering PSA levels.
Saw palmetto’s medicinal qualities are most abundant in fat-soluble extracts of the berries. Saw palmetto herb can vary in quality and medicinal value. Saw palmetto should be taken with meals that contain fat to improve its absorption.
Prior to using saw palmetto men should have a prostate screening and laboratory testing for unhealthy prostate cells. Men who use conventional BPH medications should use saw palmetto under the guidance of a health professional. Saw palmetto can theoretically affect the efficacy of oral contraceptives and estrogen.
The prostate is the organ responsible for producing the fluid part of seminal emissions, helping to control the flow of urine, and for the contractions that cause ejaculation during orgasm. It’s no wonder that when a man has a concern with his prostate that it can be troublesome.
Prostate problems occur when the gland becomes infected or swollen. Infection can occur directly in the prostate or it can be a complication of a urinary tract infection. The most common prostate condition is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It occurs in men over the age of fifty (but can occur earlier) due to hormonal imbalances, heredity, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies or high cholesterol. The growth of malignant or benign tumours can also cause prostate swelling. It is important to have your prostate monitored by your doctor. Make at least yearly appointments past age forty for this test.
Symptoms of prostate inflammation can be mild if it develops slowly or intense if it develops quickly. Prostate infections cause fever, chills, lower back pain, rectal pain, urgency for stool and urination and painful urination. The urine can be blood or pus filled. Chronic infections may cause mild, local discomfort and may result in painful ejaculation or erection. Conventionally prostate infections are treated with antimicrobial medications. They must be fairly powerful because it is difficult to get enough medication to the prostate due to its poor blood supply. Make sure to replace the helpful bacteria in your system with a probiotic supplement after antimicrobial therapy.
Chronic prostatitis is not often related to a bacteria or the development of unhealthy prostate cells. Treatment is also more difficult because the exact cause is poorly understood. Treatment may include antibiotics, although more commonly chronic prostatitis is treated with alpha blockers, as in BPH. Tamsulosin and alfuzosin are two common alpha blockers. They serve to help relax the muscles of the prostate and bladder neck, thereby improving symptoms such as urinary retention. These medications have no effect on size or inflammation of the prostate.
BPH affects one in three men over age 50. Symptoms appear when the prostate becomes large enough to interfere with urination. Dribbling, frequent and urgent urination occur and often cause men to wake at night to urinate. Starting and stopping urination can be difficult. When bladder emptying is impaired there is an increased risk for the development of urinary stones and infections. Drug therapy for BPH uses finasteride, which blocks the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT stimulates the growth of prostate cells. Side effects of drug therapy include impotence, decreased libido and difficulty detecting unhealthy prostate cells.
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