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Nature Made Saw Palmetto Review – 8 Things You Should Know Before You Buy

By Dr. Usmarah Hussain

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Summary | What's Inside? | Claims | Warnings | Cost | Directions | Final Thoughts

Saw Palmetto is a dietary supplement specially created for men health. This product is meant to support urinary function by improving and maintaining prostate health. According to the manufacturer, saw palmetto berries have proven positive effects on male health, due to the liposterolic substance that results from extraction. The nature of this supplement suggests that the product is best suited for men past the age of 30 for prevention purposes.

The manufacturer of this product is Pharmavite, under the brand name Nature Made, one of three branches of the major pharmaceutical company. Throughout their almost 40 years of operating, Pharmavite have amassed a large customer base, mostly through their strategy of providing high quality at low prices.


1) What is Saw Palmetto?

Saw Palmetto is based on a herbal formulation of ingredients; Saw Palmetto extracts have been used in both traditional and modern medicine to treats various symptoms pertaining to prostate problems, such as inflammation and difficulty urinating.

Research reveals mixed results regarding the effects of saw palmetto extracts, with some meta-studies claiming that the substance is more efficient than placebo, while some tests claim that there have been no actual effects associated with this extract. Recently, this herb has been reintroduced into testing, preliminary results indicating that it is particularly useful in a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition that manifests itself through an enlargement of the prostate. This conditions is thought to be caused by a substance called Dihydrotestosterone . Saw palmetto extracts apparently prevents the conversion of testosterone into DHT, preventing the enlargement of the prostate. This also confirms that saw palmetto extracts have little to no effect on cancer-related prostate problems.

What’s Inside?

2) What’s Inside Saw Palmetto?

Saw Palmetto contains: Saw Palmetto fruit extract (Serenoa repens), Fatty acids, Gelatin, Glycerin, and water.

3) Does Saw Palmetto Work?

Saw Palmetto is based on the positive properties of the saw palmetto plant. In addition to that extract, the manufacturer also included fatty acids (136mg per capsule) in the formula.

Saw Palmetto is a herb used in both traditional and modern medicine to promote urinary tract health and prostate health. Researchers have discovered that Saw Palmetto extract is particularly helpful for a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (commonly known as BHP), which is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate that affects nearly 50 percent of all men over the age of 60. BHP causes a narrowing of the outlet of the bladder (the urethra) and increases the frequency of urination and the urine flow rate. Although scientists are not entirely sure, they believe that Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the substance that causes the enlargement of the prostate. Saw palmetto appears to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT, therefore preventing the enlargement of the prostate. Despite what some people tend to believe, saw palmetto had not been proven effective in the prevention or treatment of prostate cancer.

For best results, the manufacturer recommends taking two soft gels daily, preferably with meals.

There are testimonials posted online about Saw Palmetto. What is being stated includes:

  • I love this supplement

  • This is the best saw palmetto supplement I’ve ever tried

  • Good value


4) Saw Palmetto Claims

  • Herbal treatment for prostate support;
  • Quality manufacturer that has been awarded for good manufacturing practices;
  • 30 day money-back guarantee;
  • A bottle of 50 tablets costs $13.99 and lasts more than a month;
  • Product is free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and stimulants;
  • Few negative effects associated with this type of product.


5) Saw Palmetto Product Warnings

  • Purchasing the product directly from the manufacturer is not possible;
  • Shipping costs vary between different retailers;
  • Some studies claim that the product is not as efficient as advertised.


6) Saw Palmetto Cost

Saw Palmetto is sold by 50 soft gel capsules, enough for approximately one month at the suggested dosage. It is a relatively inexpensive product. Please note that the price usually varies from one retailer to another. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase this product directly from the manufacturer. Nevertheless, it should be easy to acquire. Some retailers may be offering discounts or money-back guarantees.


7) Saw Palmetto Directions

For best results, Saw Palmetto should be taken twice each day, preferably with food.

Final Thoughts

8) Final Thoughts on Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is advertised as a product that supports male health by reducing and preventing prostate inflammation, leading to healthy urinary function. Despite controversy around medical proof for this product’s efficiency, customers report many positive effects after beginning treatment with this supplement; most state that they experienced less discomfort when urinating, usually within weeks of the treatment.

This product is a dietary supplement. For any concerns about your health, it is advised you consult a medical professional, in order to receive the treatment that suits your problem best.

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When my prostrate had begun to make urination difficult (uncomfortable and very slow). I used the Nature Made because I trust their ingredients. It required more than two months before the prostrate reduced size to allow a natural stream. I stopped using it for years, but now I find out it also helps to reduce bathroom visits during the night especially. I now use men’s urinals that sit beside my bed, otherwise, I would get no sleep going to the bathroom. I plan on going through another regimen to see if the numbers decrease.

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