More Benefits from Saw Palmetto

Saw_palmettoSaw Palmetto has been one of the most popular herbal supplements to support prostate health. Multiple studies have shown that saw palmetto supplements are the leading natural treatment for BPH, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, and regular used of this herb has been shown to help keep symptoms in check.

Now, even better news. Recent research is discovering that saw palmetto may offer additional health benefits. A new study shows that saw palmetto supplements can be slightly to moderately effective for hair regrowth but the herb is usually not very effective if used alone. Although saw palmetto is widely used as an alternative natural treatment to prevent hair loss, it is not typically lauded for stimulating hair follicles or engendering regrowth. Reports show that saw palmetto can stop hair loss but new hair does not appear as a result of it. Some moderate growth of hair has been possible for people who use saw palmetto for hair regrowth in conjunction with other hair boosting botanicals or supplements.

For example, the combination of saw palmetto supplements with around 100 mg of beta-sitosterol may boost hair growth up to 60 percent according to a study. Researchers support theories that saw palmetto can block and slow baldness as some users claim to see a definite increase in the rate of hair growth, usually after three months of use.

High in beta-carotene, saw palmetto has proven effective in preventing baldness because the herb can successfully thwart the effects the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible for male-patterned alopecia. DHT is an androgen that reduces the size of hair follicles, choking off new hair growth and causing hair to fall out. Daily intake of saw palmetto can lower the amounts of DHT being produced and absorbed by follicles on the scalp. The standard daily amount for effectiveness in arresting DHT-linked hair loss is 320 mg of the extract or 160 mg of saw palmetto powder.

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