There are several interrelated issues that tend to plague men as they enter middle age and beyond…
Low testosterone, prostate problems, ED, and hair loss.
Even more than potentially deadly illnesses such as heart disease and cancer, these four are often the top health concerns for older men.
There are prescription drugs you can take for them. But they are often ineffective and cause side effects. That’s why it’s worth considering a natural supplement that can treat all four conditions. It’s called saw palmetto.
Saw palmetto is a small palm tree. It’s native to the southeastern U.S. Supplements are made from an extract of its berries.
The Seminole tribe of Florida used it for food and as medicine to treat a number of maladies, including impotence.1
Modern research confirms its benefits…
As men get older, they often suffer from benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). This is the most common form of an enlarged prostate. More than half of men get BPH by the age of 60. By age 85, 90% will get it.<2
As the prostate gets bigger, it can press on the bladder and lead to the frequent urge to urinate. This may make it difficult to sleep through the night. It can also squeeze the urethra, causing difficulty in releasing urine.
A Swiss study enlisted 82 subjects for an eight-week trial. They were given a daily 320 mg capsule of saw palmetto berry extract. By the end, the participants’ prostate symptoms had improved by 50%.3
Sexual dysfunction symptoms were also reduced with saw palmetto.
The two medications doctors often prescribe to treat BPH—alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors— often cause ED. But the study found that saw palmetto improved subjects’ bedroom performance.
Additionally, saw palmetto fights prostate cancer. A study from China’s Peking University Health Science Center found the herb arrested the growth of prostate cancer cells and induced apoptosis (cancer cell death).4
Saw palmetto also fights male pattern baldness.
Receding hairline and loss of hair at the crown are caused when testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the enzyme 5-reductase. Studies show that saw palmetto interferes with DHT, thereby increasing hair growth.5
One study was done at Colorado’s Clinical Research and Development Network. The subjects were 34 men and 28 women with hair loss. The subjects applied saw palmetto extract to their scalps. Results showed that 35% increased hair density after three months.6
Common medications prescribed for hair loss, such as Propecia, work by the same mechanism as saw palmetto. But Propecia can have serious side effects. They include impotence, dizziness, weakness, and headache. Saw palmetto is not known to cause any of these problems.7
Lack of testosterone is not a good thing. It can lead to weight gain, depression, loss of energy and loss of sex drive. Since saw palmetto inhibits creation of DHT, it helps maintain testosterone levels in the normal range.
So if you’re struggling with any of the typical middle-aged male health issues, talk to your doctor about saw palmetto. It’s a natural solution with a proven track record.
References: 1 http://www.aphioshwc.com/products/speroltm-ds-detail/historical-use-of-saw-palmetto.html 2 https://www.auanet.org/education/auauniversity/for-medical-students/medical-student-curriculum/bph 3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22522969 4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17671686 5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8610056 6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12006122 7 https://www.drugs.com/propecia.html