Saw palmetto berries (Serenoa Repens) are the only species currently classified in the genus Serenoa. It is a small palm, normally reaching a height of around 6–8 ft. The saw palmetto berries are dark red or brown, in the shape similar to an olive and about 1 inch in length. Its trunk covers a large area and it grows in clumps, sandy lands or as undergrowth in pine woods. It is common to the southeastern United States, but mostly along the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains.
It grows extremely slow and lives for an incredibly long period. Specialists say that some saw palmetto plants especially in Florida, where it is called the palmetto, are as old as 500–700 years.
The saw palmetto is an extract that is obtained from the deep purple berries of the saw palmetto fan palm. It contains fatty acids and many nutrients. Researchers consider the extract of the berries a way to start the cure for the symptomatic treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The extract of the berries is also used for other medical conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, baldness and hormone problems.
Saw palmetto is a unique herb used for both men and women in treating a variety of conditions such as testicular inflammation, cough, urinary tract inflammation and respiratory congestion. It can also be used to strengthen the thyroid gland, to stimulate appetite and aid digestion. This incredible herb becomes more and more famous for its medicinal uses.
The saw palmetto is considered to be generally safe, however, it may cause some mild side effects like nausea, constipation and lightheadedness. It is used medicinally in various forms including liquid extract, tablets or capsules, and as a tea. Using the berries in capsule form helps improves the sexual stimulation. It is said that it helps infertile men become fertile and helps women increase their breast size.
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