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Avoid saw palmetto

Posted By: Ruth (A-)
Date: Monday, 28 May 2001, at 9:55 a.m.

In Response To: Testosterone Boosters, Viagra, etc. (for guys) (Dudley (0+,Secretor))

My husband began taking saw palmetto a year ago because of some prostatitis symptoms. It seemed to help, so he continued taking it daily. Gradually, his sex drive and potency diminished. We thought it was age (but he is only in his forties), then we suspected weight (he is a little overweight), then we suspected lack of exercise (so he worked out at the gym), then we suspected an aortic aneurysm (his dad died of one, and two uncles died early of it). Finally, he remembered that a urologist had told him that saw palmetto was not the best thing to take for the prostatitis because some of his patients said it adversely affected their sex drive. At the time, he dismissed the doctor's comment and forgot all about it.

Then we found an article on the internet that mentioned saw palmetto caused low testosterone. Of course, the majority of the articles we saw on the net said that it did just the opposite.....improved sex drive. These were websites that sold supplements containing saw palmetto. So my husband stopped taking the saw palmetto. And after one to two months, he is back to normal!

At about the same time, I went to my gynocologist/homeopath for a hormone test. She also mentioned that saw palmetto lowered testosterone levels. So does something called DIM (Dienoli methane? an extract from broccoli).

I looked again on the internet....and still found that most sites say the opposite....that it improves sex drive. But I did find one other site that said some things that lower testosterone levels are saw palmetto, licorice (not the candy, the herb), and grapefruit juice.

So, speaking from personal experience, stay AWAY from saw palmetto and any supplements that include it.

Hope this info helps. Good luck.

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