Saw Palmetto Improves BPH and Sexual Dysfunction in Men
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Swelling and enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) is typical as men age and is known to accompany sexual dysfunction. Ironically, medications used to treat BPH have sexual dysfunction as a common adverse side effect. A new study with 82 men found that 320 mgs of saw palmetto per day not only helps BPH but also significantly improved sexual performance.
A second study also tested 320 mgs of saw palmetto per day for 24 months in 120 men with mild to moderate urinary tract symptoms and BPH. Statistically significant improvement occurred in urinary flow, BPH symptoms, quality of life, and improved erectile function.
A third study involves a comprehensive review of saw palmetto studies, concluding that saw palmetto is effective for treating urinary flow problems of BPH with an excellent safety profile. Improvements in erectile function were also noted in a number of the studies.
Saw palmetto has never been studied for erectile function apart from BPH. However, this array of new information confirms the long-standing use of saw palmetto as a natural and safe option for addressing BPH, without the adverse side effect of diminished sexual performance. To the contrary, saw palmetto improves sexual performance while helping BPH. I should also mention that a 2009 cell study demonstrated that saw palmetto also has anti-tumor properties for prostate cancer growth, one more reason to consider adding it to a program for natural male support.
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