The plant called saw palmetto has long been favored by Mayan
and Native American societies for its medicinal
properties. Today, more than two million American
men regularly take it in supplement form for enlarged
prostate (or benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH). In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends
it as an alternative treatment.
Saw palmetto supplements may be
useful for treating certain types of prostate
infections. And when combined with other herbs, it may treat prostate cancer. Saw palmetto may
also aid relaxation, as it acts as a sedative. And, this plant can enhance sexual
drive, as an aphrodisiac.
An effective diuretic (a
substance promoting increased urine flow), saw palmetto may promote urine
function. These benefits include increasing urine flow, decreasing bladder
voiding and relieving nighttime
urination. WellLife Prostate Health
provides optimal saw palmetto, in a convenient softgel form.