Saw Palmetto Berry Cut
Saw Palmetto Berry Cut ~ Serenoa repens
Saw palmetto is an evergreen member of the Arecaceae (palm) family, native to North America which can also be found growing in the Caribbean. This small palm tree can reach a height of up to 6 metres. The leaves have a bare stalk terminating in a rounded ‘fan’ of about 20 leaflets, the leaf stalk and edges of the leaves have sharp ‘saw’ like spiny teeth which gives rise to the ‘saw’ part of the name, they are light-green in colour. The individual flowers are approximately 5mm in diameter, and form dense, compound panicles of up to 50-60cm in length. The fruit is a large reddish-black drupe (berry) approximately 2.5cm in diameter.
1. Prevents hair loss
Saw palmetto is often used to balance hormone levels and combat hair loss. According to one review, saw palmetto may help block the activity of 5-alpha reductase (5α-R), an enzyme that converts testosterone into a hormone linked to hair loss called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It may also prevent hair loss by reducing the uptake of DHT in the hair follicles, which decreases its ability to bind to specific hormone receptors.
2. Improves urinary tract function
Urinary tract symptoms are common among older men and can include issues like incontinence and difficulty urinating.
3. May support prostate health
The prostate is a small gland located between the bladder and the penis in men, which is responsible for maintaining sperm health.
4. May decrease inflammation
Saw palmetto contains the antioxidants epicatechin and methyl gallate — compounds that prevent damage to cells, decrease inflammation, and protect against chronic disease.
5. May help regulate testosterone levels
Saw palmetto is often used by men looking to boost testosterone levels
Other Names: Windmill Palm, Saw-Tooth Palm, Tala, Taalachoba, Old Man’s Friend, American Dwarf Palm Tree, Baies du Palmier Scie, Ju-Zhong, Palmier Nain & Sabal.
1 teaspoon Saw Palmetto per 200 ml boiling water. Leave to infuse covered for 5 to 8 minutes.