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In the Treatment of Prostate Problems known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH

Saw Palmetto, whose botanical name is Serenoa repens, is a herbal remedy used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. The prostate gland, while small in size, is responsible for sexual functions necessary for humans to reproduce. The prostate gland continues to grow and enlarge as men age. As the size of the prostate enlarges, the prostate squeezes the urethra, potentially stopping or slowing the flow of urine and semen causing difficult and frequent urination. If BPH is left untreated, it can lead to serious problems over time. Decreased bladder function can lead to urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, etc. If the bladder is permanently damaged, medical treatment of BPH may be ineffective. However, when BPH is found and treated early, there is a decreased risk of developing such complications. Treating enlarged prostate conditions (BPH) by taking Saw Palmetto costs less than 20 cents a day and in the vast majority of cases is highly effective. Saw Palmetto is so reasonable priced that many men without BPH, take it as a preventive theraphy.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) commonly known as an enlarged prostate condition is so common in men, that by the age of 50, 50% will be experiencing prostate problems and by the age of 70% the condition effects roughly 90% of men. Companies have conducted over 30 clinical studies in regards to Saw Palmetto's effectiveness in treating the symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate and Saw Palmetto has been constantly found to help the vast majority of men suffering from BPH.The studies conclude that Saw Palmetto is just as effective as any of the 6 drugs approved by the FDA for treating BPH in the U.S. and Saw Palmetto is available without a prescription at a fraction of the cost. Over a billion dollars a year are spent in the U.S. annually on prostate treatments.

In the USA, the genus/species name of Saw Palmetto is referred to as Serenoa repens. Elsewhere in the world it is referred to as Sabal serrulatum, Sabal serulata, Sabalis serulata, Sabalis serulatae, Serenoa serrulata, Serenoa serrulatae and many other genus/species synonyms. Saw Palmetto, the common name, is referred to as Sabal, Sabal Fructus, Fructus Serenoae, Sägepalme, Sägepalmenfrüchte, and other synonyms around the world. For purposes of this website, we will use the common name Saw Palmetto, and the genus/species name Serenoa repens.

The benefits of Saw Palmetto can be traced back centuries where the aborigines of Florida depended upon the berries as a staple food item and was included in the Indian medicine mans array of healing herbs. In a book titled "Saw Palmetto", written by Edwin M, Hale, M.D. (1898) and published by Boericke & Tafel, Philadelphia, he describes the medicinal value of Saw Palmetto as tinctures of the fruits and crushed seeds being used for the relief of prostate gland swelling and various aphrodisiac qualities. For more details on the history of Saw Palmetto - click here.

Today the product is mainly used for the treatment of conditions associated with BPH (nonmalignant enlargement of the prostate gland). Several factors are recognized as playing a major role in the development of BPH. First, functioning testes and a critical level of androgens are essential to the development of BPH. Second, a change in prostatic androgen metabolism occurs that favors the accumulation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and third, an increase in the ratio of plasma estrogens to androgens.

Over 30 clinical studies on Saw Palmetto appears to have proven that Saw Palmetto extract is beneficial in BPH. Its mechanism of action in the treatment of BPH is reported that Saw Palmetto inhibits the conversion of testosterone to DHT, the agent thought to be responsible for the enlargement of the prostrate. In addition Saw Palmetto extract inhibits the binding of DHT to receptors thus blocking its action. It has also been shown to have an inhibitory effect both on androgen and estrogen nuclear receptors. This is accomplished without interfering with testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, or luteinizing hormone levels. Most importantly, Saw Palmetto does not effect PSA levels, thus it does not mask the ability of PSA tests to detect cancer.

Saw Palmetto is the leading selling of natural prostate remedies, out selling all other herbal products combined. It is available at most health food stores and pharmacies. Any retail outlet wishing to promote saw palmetto can contact our office to set up an account to purchase saw palmetto directly from our company with low minimums. We custom bottle and label for those companies interested. These are pure products with no additives and are kosher certifed.

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The Prostate Gland

The Prostate Gland is roughly the size of a walnut in younger healthy men. The prostate surrounds the uretha just below the urinary bladder and can be felt during a rectal exam. The main function of the prostate gland is to store and secrete a clear fluid that constitutes 10-30% of the volumne of the seminal fluid that, along with spermatozoa, constitutes semen.

Prostate Problems

It is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy. Though the prostate continues to grow during most of man's life, the enlargement doesn't usually cause problems until late in life. BPH rarely causes symptoms before age 40, but more than half of men in their sixties and as many as 90 percent in their seventies and eighties have some symptoms of BPH.

As the prostate enlarges, the gland presses against the uretha like a clamp on a garden hose. The bladder begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing more frequent urination. It is not uncommon to hear of men with this type of prostate problem to have to get up several times during the night to urinate.

What causes Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Thoughout life, men produce both testosterone, an important male hormone, and small amounts of estrogen, a female hormone. As men age, active blood levels of testosterone decrease and blood levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) increase. Reasearch has shown that older men with high levels of (DHT) have a much greater incidence of (BPH).

Drug Treatments of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The FDA has approved six drugs to relieve common symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.

Finasteride (proscar), was approved by the FDA in 1992 and dutasteride (avodart) was approved in 2001. Bother inhibit the production of the hormone DHT, which is involved with prostate enlargement.

The FDA also approved the drugs terazosin (hytrin) in 1993, doxazosin (cardura) in 1995, tamsulosin (flomax) in 1997, and alfuzosin (uroxatral) in 2003 for the treatment of BPH. All four drugs act by relaxing the smooth muscle of the prostate and bladder neck to improve urine flow and to reduce bladder outlet obstruction. These four drugs belong to a class of drugs known as alpha blockers.

SAW PALMETTO - A herbal alternative

Saw Palmetto is an inexpensive alternative to drug treatments. With over 30 clinical studies proving that Saw Palmetto is an effective treatment in BPH, one should consider this over the counter remedy.