Name (common): Saw Palmetto

Botanical Name: Serenoa repens

Synonyms: Serenoa


General description:

Saw palmetto was traditionally referred to as ‘old man’s friend’ as it was commonly prescribed for male urogenital conditions. It is an extract from the berries of this dwarf palm tree that are used in supplements.


Functions and general science:

Saw palmetto contains numerous fatty acids and phytosterols. The bioactive compounds of saw palmetto tend to be concentrated in the fat-soluble components of the berry. 

The mechanism of action that saw palmetto is most known for is inhibition of the enzyme 5α-reductase, which is responsible for converting testosterone into its more androgenic form, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is this action that has been shown to assist with the symptoms of medically diagnosed benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).


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The information provided in reference to this ingredient is general in nature and provided as information only. Any product specific therapeutic claims for this ingredient are linked to specific dosage requirements based on evidence of traditional or scientific nature.