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Beta Sitosterol

Beta Sitosterol

You may have heard the term Beta-Sitosterol on the radio, TV, or from someone you know and wondered what it is and what it has to do with Saw Palmetto. Well, Beta-Sitosterol is a plant sterol ester. It is commonly found in many different nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and, yes, Saw Palmetto.

Beta-Sitosterol has been shown to be effective at a number of things. It is used to lower cholesterol levels, enhancing the immune system, as a preventative for colon cancer, as well as other ailments. It is also used to combat hair loss and BPH or enlarged prostate. So, you will see products that contain Saw Palmetto as well as Beta-Sitosterol advertised as beneficial for hair loss and prostate problems.

The FDA has stated that Beta-Sitosterol or plant sterol esters may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Studies have shown that Beta-Sitosterol does reduce cholesterol but no long term studies have been conducted to show that it reduces your chances of getting coronary heart disease.

One Japanese study showed that Beta-Sitosterol given to patients over a three month period resulted in IPSS and QOL scores that showed significant improvement, and that the peak flow rate and residual urine volume showed slight but not significant improvement.

Is Beta-Sitosterol Effective?

Another study focused on beta-sitosterol and BPH. The results showed that beta-sitosterol improves urological symptoms and flow measures. However, the existing studies are limited by short treatment duration and lack of standardized beta-sitosterol preparations. Their long-term effectiveness, safety and ability to prevent the complications of BPH are unknown.

Increase Breast Size With Saw Palmetto

Increase Breast Size With Saw Palmetto

Is Saw Palmetto effective at increasing breast size and/or firmness? Possibly. There are quite a few products on the market that claim to naturally enhance breast size and most contain Saw Palmetto.

Since Saw Palmetto seems to partially block testosterone development or DHT in the body then its possible that its use could result in an imbalance between the testosterone and estrogen levels in the female body resulting in an increase in breast size.

Some products combine Saw Palmetto with other ingredients such as wild yam, fenugreek and basically result in the testosterone/estrogen balance to change such that the body acts as if it is producing more estrogen even the the actual estrogen level may stay the same. Fenugreek contains Phytoestrogens which mimic the action of estrogen in the body. Wild Yam contains Diosgenin which has been shown in studies with mice to augment the estrogenic effect and increase mammary development.

Theoretically, combining these ingredients and ingesting them can result in larger breast size and firmer breasts. However, none of these substances is FDA approved and results can vary widely. Also, none of these should be taken under the following conditions:

  • Known or suspected pregnancy
  • Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding
  • Known or suspected cancer of the breast
  • Known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia

Of course, you should always consult your physician before trying any ‘medication’ Natural or otherwise.

Saw Palmetto For Women

Saw Palmetto For Women

Saw Palmetto has been recommended for women for a number of reasons. It allegedly has an effect on fertility, menopause, hair loss, mood swings, libido and bladder infections to name just a few. For many of these ailments no conclusive studies have been conducted to show the effectiveness of saw palmetto in dealing with them.

Still, if you do a little research you’ll find plenty of discussion from people who have successfully used saw palmetto for these conditions. Because saw palmetto seems to have an effect on certain hormones in the body it does seem plausible that it would therefore have an influence on any condition affected by those same hormone levels.

There has also been some discussion as to whether it is safe to take saw palmetto while on birth control as it may hinder its effectiveness. Obviously this is something you would want to talk to your doctor or a homeopathic expert about.

Also, since saw palmetto may have an effect on testosterone levels it may not be wise to take it while pregnant or breast feeding. These are just some of the issues related to women and saw palmetto use.

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