Saw palmetto not working? Read this before you give up
So saw palmetto doesn't work. That's what the headlines say after the supplement flunked yet another prostate study -- and this one comes almost exactly one year after an even bigger study also came up dry.
But that's not what you've heard, right?
You've heard the good news -- like studies in 1996 and 2000 that found saw palmetto matched the benefits of the prostate drug Proscar without the emasculating side effects.
And I know you heard about the 2008 study in which 88 percent of men who tried saw palmetto considered their treatment a success -- because you heard about that one from me!
Clearly, there's nothing wrong with your hearing... but there IS something wrong with many of the saw palmetto supplements on the market today, and that's why it shows spectacular results in some studies, but comes up bupkis in others.
The real power of saw palmetto is locked inside the plant's phytosterols -- especially beta sitosterol found in the berry. So if you want the benefits, you want the berry.
Most men don't know that. They just know that they want "saw palmetto," and unscrupulous supplement makers are happy to oblige by selling them the shavings of the entire plant, in capsule form.
So sure, it's saw palmetto -- but it's about as effective as sawdust, and the studies that use this junk prove it won't help drain anything other than your bank account.
And that leaves you with two real choices:
- Choose a top-quality saw palmetto supplement from a maker you trust. This will cost more; it will be worth it. Or, if you're on a budget...
- Choose a different source of beta-sitosterol, the compound in saw palmetto that makes it so effective. Again, it's important to stick to a maker you trust -- but you can often get all the benefits of real saw palmetto for a fraction of the price.
Either way, you can get the support you need -- but whatever you do, don't pay top dollar to get bottom of the barrel. If you want saw palmetto, make sure it's the real deal... or don't even bother.