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Serenoa repens is a member of the palm family (Arecaceae) and is native to the southeastern United States, particularly Florida. While it is primarily used for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it may also be useful for women and the elderly as an adaptogen and urinary antiseptic.

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Please enjoy this information on saw palmetto made available through the generosity of Valensa’s adoption.

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Additional ABC Saw Palmetto Resources 

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

Saw Palmetto Laboratory Guidance Document, September 2019

Saw Palmetto Botanical Adulterants Bulletin, February 2017

Botanical Adulterants Program Publishes Bulletin on Adulteration of Saw Palmetto, February 1, 2017

Dear Reader, Botanical Adulterants Prevention Monitor, Vol. 14, August 2018

HerbalGram articles

Past and Future Research at National Center for Complementary and Ingegrative Health with Respect to Botanicals, 2015; 107:44-51

Reproducible Efficacy and Safety Depend on Reproducible Quality: Matching the Various Quality Standards that have been Established for Botanical Ingredients with their Intended Uses in Cosmetics, Dietary Supplements, Foods, and Medicines, 2011; 91:40-55

HerbalEGram articles

Valensa Offers Free Analysis and Profiling of Saw Palmetto Extracts, Vol. 3, No. 11, November 2006

HerbClip reviews

Isotopic Fingerprinting and NMR Analysis Detects Designer Blends Made with Animal Fats Marketed as Saw Palmetto Extracts. HC# 061891-597, July 31, 2018

Saw Palmetto Extract Improves Symptoms of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. HC# 121763-596, July 13, 2018

Saw Palmetto Most Effective in Treating Urinary Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia when Used in Combination Therapies. HC# 061732-575, August 31, 2017

A Review of Some of the Best-supported Herbs to Prevent and Treat Men's Major Health Concerns. HC# 081644-564, March 15, 2017

Saw Palmetto's Safety and Efficacy in Treating LUTS in Patients with Prostate Cancer Undergoing Radiation. HC# 081662-564, March 15, 2017

Saw Palmetto Shows Equivalent Efficacy to Prescribed Medications in Improving Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. HC# 081638-564, March 15, 2017

Saw Palmetto Extract (Permixon®) Shows Anti-inflammatory Activity in Men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia for First Time in Clinical Trial. HC# 121553-546, June 15, 2016

Impact of Extraction Techniques on the Profiles and Efficacy of Saw Palmetto Used to Treat Urinary Tract Symptoms. HC# 121443-523, June 30, 2015

Saw Palmetto DNA Mini-barcode Assay Developed to Distinguish between Authentic and Spurious Material In Dietary Supplements. HC#101464-516, March 13, 2015

Two Different Types of Analytical Methods Used to Compare Phytochemical Contents of an International Variety of Saw Palmetto Products. HC# 071463-511, December 31, 2014

Saw Palmetto Berry Extract Alone Is as Effective in Treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia as Tamsulosin. HC# 071422-510, December 15, 2014

Saw Palmetto Extract Helps Manage Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis. HC# 061436-507, October 31, 2014

High-dose Saw Palmetto Treatment is Not Toxic in Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. HC# 011338-474, June 14, 2013

Saw Palmetto Improves Sexual Dysfunction and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. HC# 061265-459, October 31, 2012

Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Unaffected by High Doses of Saw Palmetto Ethanolic Extract. HC# 111151-437, November 30, 2011

A Review of Adverse Events in the Use of Saw Palmetto: Safety Confirmed. HC# 090595-393, January 29, 2010

Herbal Prostate Formula Containing Saw Palmetto May Improve Symptoms Associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. HC# 020185-354, June 13, 2008

Ingredient Substitution in Imported Dietary Supplement Products Says the Associated Press. HC# 070374-344, January 15, 2008

Efficacy of Saw Palmetto and Tamsulosin, Alone or in Combination, for the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. HC# 030172-335, August 31, 2007

Effect of Saw Palmetto on Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. HC# 110362-326, April 13, 2007

Research on Saw Palmetto Extract's Mechanisms of Action in BPH. HC# 120448-276, March 15, 2005


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