Saw Palmetto trial reveals it’s no better than placebo

Saw Palmetto No More Effective Than Placebo for Urinary Symptoms; Study Finds Dietary Supplement Does Not Alleviate BPH

Saw palmetto, a widely used herbal dietary supplement, does not reduce urinary problems associated with prostate enlargement any better than a placebo, according to research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study was published Sept. 28 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Here is a link to the JAMA abstract

This was an important study since saw palmetto is widely used for prostate health. The study was a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, long term (over 2 years) and included a good sample size. High doses were used. The effectiveness claims of this OTC supplement just went down the toilet.

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