Saw Palmetto is considered by herbalists to be the prime remedy for prostate problems. Sabal serrulata or Serenoa repens is a small palm with fan-shaped leaves. The fruits are dark red and used medicinally.
USES: Enlarged prostate, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).
HOW IT WORKS: The condition of an enlarged prostate is commonly found in men over the age of 50. This enlargement is the result of the cells in the prostate becoming more sensitive to circulating hormonal levels in the body. Cells of the prostate enlarge, which in turn cause the whole gland to increase in size.
Saw Palmetto inhibits enzymes at the level of the prostate cells, reducing the action of hormones. This is a local effect, confined to the prostate gland.