Common name for the American Dwarf Palm, or Serenoa repens. Extracts of the fruit are used as an alternative treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia and other conditions, such as chronic prostatitis. Saw palmetto can inhibit 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. It also has anti-inflammatory effects.
Saw palmetto extracts are available in supplemental form. In Europe, Saw palmetto extracts are sold as a medication, Permixon. It may also be combined with other herbal BPH remedies, such as stinging nettle and Pygeum africanum.
See the review “Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health” for more information.