Mother Earth Living

Natural Health

Better living through nature

Add to My MSN

Every Herb Has A Story: Saw Palmetto

4/22/2011 2:42:35 PM

Tags: Randy Buresh, BPH, Saw Palmetto, Health, Tips, Medicine Cabinet, Prostate Cancer

R.BureshRandy Buresh (Register Nurse and Herbalist), is the co-owner and founder of Oregon's Wild Harvest. Oregon's Wild Harvest grows, harvests and produces their own medicinal herbal products, many of which use the herbs grown on their certified Biodynamic® and Organic farm in Sandy, Oregon. www.oregonwildharvest.com 

As an aging baby boomer, one herb you will always find on my shelf is saw palmetto. Several years ago, I began to notice that I was waking up during the night to go to the bathroom. It was quite the wake-up call. Even with a healthy diet and moderate exercise, my prostate was starting to cause some problems.

Having worked as a health-care provider, I knew immediately what it was.

I had a condition called BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia. The diagnosis was confirmed after getting some blood work done to check my PSA levels and seeing my naturopathic physician for an exam. It is important to always get an exam by a qualified health-care professional, as those same symptoms can be a sign of prostate cancer.   

As with most men over the age of 40, my prostate had begun to enlarge. Nearly 60 percent of men between 40 to 60 years of age have this condition.

The prostate gland begins to enlarge, pressing on the bladder while constricting the flow of urine. Symptoms include frequent urination, difficulty to start urinating, and reduced urine flow.

My choice for promoting healthy prostate function was saw palmetto. This potent berry has been scientifically proven to be very effective in restoring healthy cell activity within the prostate gland.  This herb is exceedingly safe and clinical trials have proven that no toxic build up or significant side effects have been reported.

4/22/2011 saw Palmetto fruit 
Saw palmetto is known for supporting a healthy prostate.
Photo by bob in swamp/Courtesy Flickr
 

Saw palmetto comes in the form of a berry from a little palm tree that grows in the southeastern parts United States (along the coast). These berries are very high in phytosterols and helpful fatty acids. It also has a rich and well-documented history.

Another healthy choice offered by nature. As I have always said, these plants were put on this earth for us to use, and once again, nature is providing nutritional support in many profound ways. 



Related Content

In the News: Researchers Add Heart Health to the Benefits of Owning a Pet

The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring hom...

In the News: The Benefits of Cocoa

Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range o...

Growing Herbs in Texas: The Best Basil for Texas

Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.

10 Herbs for your Kitchen Garden

These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.