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Saw Palmetto For Men?

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Hi. I've just been prescribed Saw Palmetto for prevention of hair loss and I also know it can help acne. Anyway I've been reading online and there are apparantly side effects.

I would like to know a few things:

1. Does it really cause your blood pressure or any sort of bad blood problems? and any liver problems?

2. Does it cause men to grow man boobs?

3. Does it make your prostate worse or better? (in the long run) I don't know if they're saying it's good for prostate cancer or something or it can cause it.

4. Can it cause weight gain?

5. Does it cause any long lasting side effects even if you stop taking it? I have been told to take it for 8 months (once per day)

Anyone, can you please help me. My hair specialist said it has no side effects....

Gah! I don't know what to do! the ONLY reason I want to take saw palmetto is for my hair to prevent anything, but my anxiety is going crazy!!

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Also can you exercise whilst on it? or would it be pointless - if saw palmetto blocks DHT and exercise causes DHT, would you not be getting any muscle gain from exercising if it's blocking it?

Someone PLEASE answer!!

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what dose does your doctor want you to take, ie how much sp per day?

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Hi. I've just been prescribed Saw Palmetto for prevention of hair loss and I also know it can help acne. Anyway I've been reading online and there are apparantly side effects.

I would like to know a few things:

1. Does it really cause your blood pressure or any sort of bad blood problems? and any liver problems?

2. Does it cause men to grow man boobs?

3. Does it make your prostate worse or better? (in the long run) I don't know if they're saying it's good for prostate cancer or something or it can cause it.

4. Can it cause weight gain?

5. Does it cause any long lasting side effects even if you stop taking it? I have been told to take it for 8 months (once per day)

Anyone, can you please help me. My hair specialist said it has no side effects....

Gah! I don't know what to do! the ONLY reason I want to take saw palmetto is for my hair to prevent anything, but my anxiety is going crazy!!

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[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

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A lot of it depends on the dosage.

I was taking it for 2 or 3 months, and this is what I noticed:

1. Increased appetite

2. Muffin top/ mid-section weight gain but...

3. overall weight loss...I looked unhealthy

4. Brain fog!

5. Only helped with acne very slightly at the beginning, then nothing

6. Slight reduction in unwanted body hair & fuzz

7. I think my hair looked a bit healthier, but nothing too drastic. It may take longer than 3 months to notice a difference

8. I think its anti-androgenic impact increased my estrogen, hence the mid-section weight gain

Have you tried hair products that contain saw palmetto? I know murad has a hair serum, and other companies too. Not sure how effective it is topically, but it's definitely safer to apply topically than take internally.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

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Dude, seriously, I think you've been agonizing over saw palmetto for months now?

Just take it or don't. You really don't know how you'll react to it until you try. It's not going to do anything irreversible to you (this is why I must still take spironolactone because as soon as I go off it, my hormones go right back to what they were before).

My only recommendation is to combine it with another herb because saw palmetto alone is very dehydrating. It also helps to have slightly different mechanisms for the DHT instead of just one. Something like saw palmetto one day, pumpkin seed oil the next, would help you avoid side effects.

And yes, most of the prescription hair loss treatments, such as Propecia, do what saw palmetto does, which is block or reduce DHT.


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