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How does saw palmetto help?

Saw palmetto is a small palm tree that grows in the wetlands and coastal plains of the southeastern U.S. Saw palmetto, a relative of larger, true Sabal palms, also is known as palmetto scrub, sabal serrulata or sabalis serrulatae. Preparations of saw palmetto are made from the dried berries.

Extracts of saw palmetto can be used to treat the urinary problems of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.

Dose: Saw palmetto is available in a variety of product types.
  • The recommended daily dose of saw palmetto corresponds to 320 milligrams of extract.
  • No time limit for using saw palmetto has been established.

Cautions: Situations in which use of saw palmetto is not advised: None.

Side Effects: In rare cases, use of saw palmetto can cause stomach problems. Taking saw palmetto extracts with meals can minimize this effect.

Drug Interactions: There are no known interactions of saw palmetto with any drugs.

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Can taking saw palmetto relieve benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)?
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Who should not take saw palmetto?
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Does saw palmetto interact with other medications and food?
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