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Saw Palmetto for ED - Will It Help with Impotence?

Does taking saw palmetto for ED help to reduce impotence?

Saw palmetto is a very popular herb used to help shrink an enlarged prostate gland. It is used in Germany extensively for this condition.

Studies show that in mild to moderated cases, it can be as effective as the prescription drug Proscar for reducing the size of the prostate glands.

Historically, it is a sexual herb in that it is used to boost sex drive (acting as an aphrodisiac) and for enhancing. However, there is few research studies that supported this use.

But are there any evidence that this herb might actually help to treat erection difficulties?

Read on to find out if saw palmetto might work to treat erectile dysfunction...

Research Studies on Using Saw Palmetto for ED Symptoms

This recent study showed that prostate health can significantly affect sexual function and may be, in part, responsible for causing erectile dysfunction.

Experts believe reducing the size of the prostate gland may help reverse impotence in those men with an enlarged prostate gland.

The study below does seem to support this claim:

Long-Term Efficacy of Serenoa repens Treatment in Patients with Mild and Moderate Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
Sinescu I, Geavlete P, Multescu R, Gangu C, Miclea F, Coman I, Ioiart I, Ambert V, Constantin T, Petrut B, Feciche B.
Urol Int. 2011 Feb 8.

This study tracked 120 volunteers with mild to moderate symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland.

Taking 320 mg of an alcohol extract of saw palmetto daily for 24 months (2 years) resulted in significantly reduced urination problems.

Moreover, the authors also tracked their sexual functions using the standard International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). Erection was significantly improved as well.

How Saw Palmetto Works

The action of this herb works has been studied extensively.

It works by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is known to stimulate the prostate glands, causing it to enlarge.

There is no study done to see if using saw palmetto for ED works in men who do not have any prostate problems.

There are many causes of erectile dysfunction, one of which is poor prostate health. We will not discuss it here as the article What Are Some Causes for ED covers them in much greater details.

Because the heath of the prostate is directly linked to sexual function, experts believe that taking saw palmetto for ED could partial help reverse the problem.

Saw Palmetto Dose to Use

Take 160 mg twice daily or 320 mg once daily. This is the most commonly use dose in research studies.

Bottom Line?

If you suffer from an enlarge prostate gland, it may be partially to blame for erection difficulties. Taking saw palmetto in this case may prove to be helpful.

Taking this herb by itself might not be helpful in treating impotence for those with a healthy prostate gland.

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