The saw palmetto plant is growing slowly, with an incredible long life span of 500 to 700 years. Wow! It's a fan palm, with leaves that have bare petiole ending in a rounded fan of about 20 leaflets. The petiole has fine teeth, or spines, that can easily hurt your skin.

Its leaves are light green in the inlands, and silvery-white in the coastal regions. The leaves are 1 to 2 meters long, and the leaflets are 50 to 100 cm in length. Its flowers are yellowish-white, quite beautiful to look at. The plants have large reddish-like drupe fruits. The more green in color, the more bitter in taste.

What Is Saw Palmetto Good For?

According to scientific studies, saw palmetto is efficient in decreasing enlarged prostate symptoms in men with benign prostatic hypertrophy. The herb can also be used when struggling with prostatitis. When coupling the use of saw palmetto capsules with other herbs, it can even aid in the treatment of those who deal with prostate cancer.

Other uses of saw palmetto include some respiratory infections, chronic pelvic pain syndrome and migraine headaches. It's also used as a diuretic, a sedative and as an aphrodisiac. Another biggie for many, saw palmetto for hair loss has been reported in studies as a possible benefit . Yup, people report their hair loss condition to slightly reverse when using saw palmetto for just a few weeks.

But, more interesting for many people, especially for men, is its properties to interfere with your testosterone levels. Yup, a lot of men take it to increase their testostone level, hoping to increase muscle mass, sex drive and fertility.

What Is The Nutritional Content Of Saw Palmetto?

Saw Palmetto contains saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with about 84% of them in free fatty acid form and a small amount (below 10%) in esterified form. Phytosterols is about 2% of its content, and some small amounts of aliphatic alcohol and polypyrenic compounds.

The free fatty acids include lauric acid, myristic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid. Wherein lauric and oleic acid is about 15% of its content. The fatty acid content of this plant range from 40.7 to 80.7%. Methyl and ethyl esters ranging from 1.5 to 16.7%, and glycerides ranging from 6.8 to 52.2%.

Where To Buy Saw Palmetto?

Looking to buy saw palmetto extract, Amazon is a great place to shop for it. They have a lot of different brands in stock. Other places that surely have it are Walmart and Walgreens, though Amazon are by many people the preferable place to shop. Below you can find some of the saw palmetto extracts they carry:

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