Saw Palmetto

I became interested on this because some of my relatives and friends have used it.
So what is Saw Palmetto? It is a plant and the extract of the ripe seeds are the ones used for medicine. The scientific name of Saw Palmetto is Serenoa repens. SawPalmetto
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It is rich in fatty acids such as lauric, myristic, oleic and palmitic  .It also contains phytosterols. And some polysaccharides.
Saw palmetto is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – which is the enlargement of the prostrate gland and thus makes it hard for one to urinate . Because the enlarge prostrate presses on the urinary tract.
Saw palmetto prevents testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone ( DHT). The latter is the main cause of the enlargement of prostrates and also causes hair loss in men.
Although there are no conclusive evidences on this but it would be best to consult a physician before drinking this medicine.
However, the recommended dosage for this is 160 mg/day.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw_palmetto_extract
http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/health-supplements/saw-palmetto.htm

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