What exactly is saw palmetto? The words have popped up in many an article that discusses hair loss, but many people are not entirely sure of what it is and how it affects hair loss. Read on to learn more about the amazing fruit.
Saw Palmetto Origins and Side Effects
Saw palmetto was originally used by Native Americans to treat urinary tract infections, and was also used as a food source. In subsequent years, people began to use the fruit as a natural remedy to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia as well as hair loss. Furthermore, saw palmetto supplements can be found in many forms; including oil, tablet, liquid extract, capsule, and soft gel. Saw palmetto is generally very well tolerated by most people, although some people have reported constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and/or dizziness after taking saw palmetto supplements.
Saw Palmetto Capsules
Saw palmetto capsules come in 160 mg, 320 mg, 450 mg, 540 mg, and 585 mg strengths. The 160 mg capsule should be taken twice a day, while the 320 mg capsule should be taken once a day. Speak to your doctor to decide which concentration is right for you. While accurate and convenient, saw palmetto capsules are not recommended for people who suffer from dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) due to their large size. Some of the most popular saw palmetto capsule products on the market include Saw Palmetto Caps by Swanson Premium, and Nature’s Bounty Natural Saw Palmetto.
Saw Palmetto Soft Gels
Saw palmetto soft gels tend to come in a standard 320 mg size and are smaller and easier to swallow than saw palmetto capsules. Soft gels also have the added benefit of being absorbed quickly by the body, ensuring that the person will receive the full benefits of the saw palmetto upon ingestion, although some people claim that the soft gels leave an unpleasant aftertaste not found with saw palmetto capsules. Popular saw palmetto soft gels include Puritan’s Pride-Saw Palmetto and Jarrow Formulas Saw Palmetto.
Saw Palmetto Tablets
Saw palmetto tablets can also be taken, although tablets tend to not break down properly in the human digestive system. A typical dosage for saw palmetto tablets is two, 230 mg tablets daily, and the tablets should never be crushed or chewed. The tablets should also be taken with a fat rich meal, as saw palmetto is a fat soluble herb. If you are looking for saw palmetto tablet product then the GNC Men’s Saw Palmetto Formula comes highly recommend.
Saw Palmetto Liquid Extract
Saw palmetto is also available in liquid extract form, and a typical dosage ranges from 2-to-4 ml, taken 3 times a day. One of the advantages of the liquid extraction form is that it is virtually guaranteed to be absorbed by the body, and can be taken either on its own or mixed with a beverage. However, the bitter taste of the herb is almost impossible to mask, and an unpleasant aftertaste is almost guaranteed. Nature’s Answer currently provides an Alcohol-Free Saw Palmetto Berry extract, as well as an organic alcohol alternative.
Saw Palmetto Teas, Oils, and Shampoos
For those who enjoy tea, saw palmetto is also available in a tea form. The tea is most effective when taken with a meal that contains fat, and 3 to 4 cups of the tea must be consumed daily, which may be too much for some people, and excess tea drinking can cause severe teeth staining and anemia. Celebration Herbals currently provides an organic saw palmetto berry tea that is caffeine free.
For those who do not wish to consume saw palmetto, saw palmetto oils are highly recommended. For maximum effect, a person should take two tablespoons of the oil and rub it gingerly into their scalps for at least 10 minutes. The oil should be left to marinate for at least one hour before showering, and the oil should be used daily for optimal results.
Finally, those looking for a shampoo that is rich in saw palmetto should consider the Regenepure DR Shampoo, which not only reduces hair fall by diminishing effects of androgen DHT, but also reduces scalp flakes, nourishes the scalp, possibly increases blood circulation, reducing sebum and other toxins, and promotes the growth of healthy, thick, and lustrous hair; all while using a sulphate and parabens free formula that ensures no irritation or natural hair oil removal.
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