The berries themselves are very high in Fatty Acids and Phytosterols. The
fruit is taken from the plant, partially dried, and then broken down
with a solvent such as hexane or ethanol. The most commonly studied
Saw Palmetto product is Permixon.
The highest quality oil comes from the extraction method, using
liquid carbon dioxide and ultra-high pressure to extract the oil from
the berries. According to Dr. Moerck, supercritical CO2 extraction is
the cleanest extraction method known today, aside from eating the food
whole. And, the higher the pressure used, the more micronutrients are
left in the oil, such as lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and
There are a number of nutrients that have been used traditionally.
One of them is organic pumpkin seed oil, which is a good nutrient
It's slightly less effective than saw palmetto because it is a
different mechanism of action. However, when buying a combination
product, beware that saw palmetto oil is far more expensive than
pumpkin seed oil. Some supplements will therefore contain mostly
pumpkin seed oil and very little saw palmetto oil, resulting in a less
effective product. Remember the threshold of what you want, as far as
a daily dose, is a minimum of 320 mg of the saw palmetto oil.
I would not go more than twice that amount . I have to also
mention that the fatty acids in saw palmetto are free fatty acids.
They're very acidic. If you take a lot of it, it could cause some
stomach upset. I recommend taking it with food. You don't want to take
saw palmetto on an empty stomach because it's a fat soluble
supplement, so it will not absorb well without a little bit of fat. I
recommend taking it with eggs, which contain phospholipids that
enhance absorption of fat soluble nutrients. The other nutrient that
works well with saw palmetto is lycopene, and there's a growing body
of evidence indicating that lycopene is beneficial for prostate
health. One excellent food source is tomatoes, including organic,
non-sweetened tomato sauce. Animal studies have shown that of all the
carotenoids, lycopene is the one that accumulates in the prostate of
male animals, and this holds true for humans as well.
The prostate is a very important organ. It just so happens to have
the urinary tract that goes right through the middle of it. So that
when your prostate starts growing or swelling, it will cut off urinary
flow There has been some good reports of lycopene helping that. It is
also one nutrient that is being investigated to prevent prostate
cancer. I'm not making any claims about that. I'm just saying it's
being investigated for that, and it's something that I'm going to keep
an eye on. It's very interesting. A third nutrient that has been found
to offer significant protection against prostate cancer is vitamin K2
Diet is another factor that can greatly impact prostate health.
You'll want to eat as much organic (preferably raw) food as possible.
Foods that support prostate health include vegetables and fruits rich
in vitamins, cartenoids, and lycopene. One 2009 study identified the
following foods as being particularly beneficial against prostate
Limit carbohydrates like sugar, fructose, and grains as much as
possible to maintain optimal insulin levels, which will help reduce
your cancer risk in general. Highly processed or charcoaled meats,
pasteurized dairy products, and trans fats correlate with an increased
risk for prostate cancer and should also be avoided. I tend to be very
wary of supplements like saw palmetto due to the oft-exaggerated
claims regarding male health. Nonetheless, my research indicates that
saw palmetto tends to retard the degradation of testosterone. As a
result, some doctors suggest it as an adjunct for testosterone
replacement therapy. Since I am on hormone replacement therapy, I
started using it on my own to see if it was beneficial in this
respect. So far, it does in fact seem to sustain the effects of the
shots that I get, and overall it should help me to avoid the drop-off
effect at the end of each shot's effectiveness.
Beyond this, saw palmetto is alleged to help with prostate
functioning, frequent urination, etc. Again, it seems to have this
effect with me. This is especially welcome for older men who may have
difficulty sleeping well due to urination. While I started with one
capsule a day, I currently take two. This seems to be the most
effective approach for my particular situation. Those choosing to use
this supplement should not expect anything too dramatic. The effects
are gradual and subtle, at least in my case. Take one capsule three
times daily, preferably with food. Take consistently for optimum
benefits. For a more intense dose take two capsules three times daily.
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passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.
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