Saw palmetto is a shrub-like palm prized for men’s health.* Each fan-shaped cluster of leaves is attached to the stem of the plant by a stalk covered in spines. These saw-like teeth lining the stalk give the Serenoa repens plant its common name, Saw Palmetto.
Native to the southeastern United States, Saw Palmetto can be found growing from South Carolina to southern Mississippi and throughout Florida. The plant bears brownish-black berries that have a long history of traditional use by Native Americans.
The earliest mention of saw palmetto’s health potential in the scientific literature is found in an 1879 issue of the American Journal of Pharmacy.1 Within the next two decades, saw palmetto began to earn recognition for having properties that provided benefits to men’s reproductive health.*1
The health-promoting properties of saw palmetto come from an oil found in its berries.* The special oil is made up of bioactive components, namely fatty acids and phytosterols.2 Although only 1.5% of each berry is made up of this beneficial oil, it can be extracted and concentrated.2 Puritan’s Pride offers standardized extracts that provide physiological dosages of this important oil and its constituents.
These standardized extracts were designed to promote prostate and urinary health.* Supplementing daily with saw palmetto helps to support urinary flow.* There is good reason why saw palmetto has become one of the leading herbs for men, especially in later years.
Traditional use claims are based on historical or traditional practices. Saw palmetto has been used for prostate and urinary health dating back to Native Americans and the American Eclectics in the early part of the twentieth century.
The Eclectics were a group of American physicians organized in the 1800s. They called themselves Eclectics after the Greek word for ‘select.’ They believed in selecting the appropriate regimen based on each individual person’s needs. The Eclectics utilized the beneficial properties of locally available herbs mainly from Native American traditions to create health-promoting tonics.3 They created teas and tinctures from the berries of the saw palmetto tree to promote prostate health.*
The prostate is a male gland roughly the size of a chestnut. It is located at the neck of the bladder and the urethra. The word prostate comes from a Greek expression meaning, “one who stands before” describing its placement directly below the bladder.4 As such, the health of the prostate can impact the nearby bladder and urinary flow.
The prostate produces one of the fluids found in semen that is important for sperm motility and overall male fertility.4
The prostate directs the flow of fluids through the urethra and seminal ducts.4
Testosterone is transformed to its more potent form, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the prostate.4
Your daily intake of saw palmetto supplements can be consumed with one meal or can be taken at separate meals throughout the day. The capsules may also be opened and prepared as a tea. We suggest taking saw palmetto supplements with a meal. The active components in saw palmetto are fat soluble and the dietary fat in a meal will help facilitate optimal absorption.
Saw palmetto is native to the southeastern United States. The saw palmetto berries used in dietary supplements are wild-harvested in the US or cultivated in other parts of the world.
Puritan’s Pride® saw palmetto products are intended to be used by men to support prostate health.* Saw palmetto should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women. It is important to read all label directions and warnings before use.
|Serving Size 1 Softgel|
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Saw Palmetto Extract||160 mg **|
|(Serenoa repens) (berry)|
|(standardized to contain 85-95% fatty acids and biologically active sterols, 136-152 mg)|
|**Daily Value not established.|
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