Saw palmetto is not a foreign term for the art of self-torture methods on the palms using a serrated saw blade. Believe it or not, the saw palmetto plant is basically a small palm tree. Growing in the more tropical regions, saw palmetto plants develop a type of dark drupe as they age. This fruit is where supplement creators derive the saw palmetto extract in droves. Saw palmetto dosage is often dictated by the goal that the user is trying to obtain or meet.
Common Medical Uses
Saw palmetto extract can be found in a variety of male targeted medicine. Commonly used as a prostate support medication for men over the age of thirty, saw palmetto can be found in almost all cancer prevention drugs created after the year 1999 . It should be noted that though saw palmetto has been found to be effective when promoting prostate health, it is not effective for urinary problems . The mechanism of action for the saw palmetto berry extract is inhibition of isoenzymes, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory effects so manufactured medicines using saw palmetto extract in large doses generally attack BPH symptoms. (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
Hair loss treatment is the other major use case area for saw palmetto. Many androgenetic alopecia patients look for treatment to improve hair thickness, length, or growth. Saw palmetto extract has been proven to enhance hair growth because the extract contains healthy portions of the fatty acids and sterols needed to sustain hair follicle growth .
Additional areas of interest and improvement include…
- Thyroid issues and disorder treatments.
- Urinary flow improvement through natural diuretics.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Chest congestion, bronchitis, allergies, and asthma.
- Appetite and digestion stimulation.
- Absorption of nutrients from recent food consumption.
Those last two bullet points are what we really care about. By adding saw palmetto extract to your macros, you’re going to ensure that your body is absorbing the most nutrients you can get from the other supplements you’re taking. Technically, this doesn’t apply to just the supplements that you’re using to get the most out of your workouts. The saw palmetto will actually harness the full power of the nutrients and minerals in the foods that you eat as well!
What Saw Palmetto Dosage Should I Take?
First and foremost, understand that there isn’t much information out there when it comes to using saw palmetto for our reasons. We know it works, we just don’t know exactly how much each of you will need in order to maximize the benefits. Generally, saw palmetto dosage is in recommended dose sizes of 160 to 320mg per day. Obviously if you’re the more sensitive or slender body type, you should be on the lower end. If you’re a bigger person, you should be on the higher end of the spectrum.
Though it doesn’t really matter whether you supplement with saw palmetto extract with a meal or not, we recommend that you do. At the very least, take it with one of your protein shakes/blends. It will be just as effective either way, but taking it with some food in your belly will help avoid the possibility of nausea, which is the only side effect every reported.
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