Size matters, but bigger isn’t always better: Consider the prostate. As men age, it keeps growing, eventually putting the squeeze on the nearby urethra (Oh hello neighbor, don’t mind me). A prostate that grows too big will create bottlenecks in the urethra. Frequent urination, difficulty starting a urine stream and dribbling become things.
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is the medical name for this condition. By age 85, 90 percent of men will have it, with many seeing the first signs in their forties and fifties 1. But if an apple a day keeps the GP away, look to Saw Palmetto to keep the urologist away.
Some research has shown 2,3 that the berries of the Saw Palmetto plant contain ingredients that inhibit production of the hormone responsible for enlarging the prostate: DHT 4. Less DHT means slower prostate growth and more room for the urethra. Studies 5,6 also show that Saw Palmetto may help to increase testosterone levels, which play an essential role in libido as well as hair growth 7. Booyah!