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Saw Palmetto

What it’s good for
Saw palmetto (also known as serenoa repens) is an ancient herbal treatment for urinary-related problems. It is found is in the partially dried ripe fruit of the American dwarf palm tree, which is indigenous to the coastal regions of the southern United States, from the Carolinas and Florida to California.

More recently, this herb gained popularity as a remedy for shrinking enlarged prostate glands (or medically referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), which affects men who are middle aged or older. An enlarged prostate gland presses against the uretha and can interfere with urination. Other uses include pattern baldness, low libido, bladder disorders, prostatitis, and migraines.

Where to find it
In any major health food store.

How to take it
Recommended dosage for adults: 320 mg daily.

Safety
Although deemed mostly safe by researchers and no known drug interactions, you should avoid saw palmetto if you are already on a BPH prescription, have a bleeding disorder, or taking blood thinning medication.