Can Saw Palmetto Boost Testosterone
A Common Ingredient In Male Health Supplements – But Does It Work?
Saw Palmetto is a natural fatty acid extracted from the plant serenoa repens, a dwarf palm tree found in parts of America
Commonly used to help boost libido and sperm motility, as a diuretic and also to help boost breast size in women.
It is also thought to have testosterone boosting properties and also is used to help control and/or stop male hairloss. This is down to it causing a blocking effect on the enzyme that changes testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) something that is known to cause hairless in some men.
Taking Saw Palmetto
The recommended dose is usually between 160 and 320mg per day ( using an extract that contains 80-90% liposterolic compounds
There are no reported side effects with exception of two reported (rare) cases of pancreatitis.
Saw Palmetto contains a number of fatty free acids that include
- Lauric acid
- Myristic acid
- Linoieic acid
- Palmitic acid
- Oleic acid
Lauric and Oleic appear to be the most prominent.
Uses Of Saw Palmetto
It is often used to help treat benign prostate hyperplasmia and treat irregular urine flow in men.
Saw Palmetto and Testosterone Production
Despite numerous claims by countless manufacturers and its inclusion in a large number of male health supplements, there are no clinically proven benefits reported that actually prove that increased testosterone production and/or libido can be gained by taking Saw Palmetto.
The only interaction regarding testosterone is its ability to reduce DHT and therefore can possibly help guard against male hairloss…