Saw Palmetto 101: How It Can Help You in the Bedroom
If you’re just getting into the world of natural libido enhancers, you’ve no doubt already seen that there’s a wide variety of supplements out there – and all that diversity can get overwhelming. Fortunately, we’re here to explain some of the most common natural ingredients in libido boosters, and help you find what you need.
What Is Saw Palmetto?
Native to the southeastern United States, saw palmetto is a fan pam with thorny stems. It has saw-toothed leaves (hence its name), white flowers, and yellow berries that turn brown-black when they ripen. Saw palmetto has been a staple of Native American medicine for centuries, and has been used to treat urinary tract and stomach problems since the early 1900s. It’s available in capsule form, or you can buy dried berries.
Saw palmetto’s main active ingredients are found in its fatty acids. While you can make a saw palmetto tea to take it as a supplement, these fatty acids aren’t water-soluble, so they may not actually get into your body this way.
How Does Saw Palmetto Help Me in the Bedroom?
Among its other qualities, saw palmetto acts as a blood thinner, allowing more blood to get to where you need it. Many erectile problems come down to blood flow, so every little bit that helps is worth trying! In addition, saw palmetto may help relieve BPH symptoms, which also helps with that blood flow problem – an enlarged prostate is more likely to restrict your blood’s ability to get to where you need it. Preliminary research also shows that saw palmetto may be effective in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.
In addition to its bedroom benefits, saw palmetto may give your immune system and thyroid a boost, help build muscle mass, strengthen hair growth, and help keep your kidneys in good shape.
Do I Have To Watch for Side Effects?
As with any supplement, you should talk to your doctor before you add saw palmetto to your daily regimen. Since it’s a blood thinner itself, you should avoid it if you’re already taking anticoagulants. It may also interfere with pharmaceutical BPH treatments, and for women, taking this in concert with contraceptives may decrease the medication’s effectiveness. (Not to mention, BPH symptoms and prostate cancer symptoms overlap; if you’re experiencing this pool of symptoms, it’s very important to determine which problem is the cause and treat it accordingly.)
On the whole, side effects from taking these supplements are rare. However, if you begin experiencing the more severe potential side effects – fainting, uneven heart rate, black or bloody stool, chest pains, increased bruising or bleeding – ease up on or stop your dose and talk to your doctor. Less severe side effects may include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, diarrhea or constipation, insomnia, or depression.
Phalpro is proud to include saw palmetto in our safe, effective, all-natural libido enhancer.