Will saw palmetto affect my libido?
Research shows that saw palmetto will enhance your sex drive. Saw Palmetto is widely accepted and used across the US and UK for treatment of an enlarged prostate (BPH - benign prostatic hyperplasia). Excess DHT can cause the prostate to grow larger and hair loss to occur.
This happens because testosterone converts to DHT. Saw Palmetto inhibits this conversion, which thus protects the prostate and your follicles.
Libido is guided by testosterone. The higher the free testosterone, the higher your libido. When testosterone converts to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), less free testosterone is in your body. As testosterone lessens, so does your sex drive.
Some people believe that saw palmetto can improve your sex drive by reducing testosterone breakdown. Here is a study reported in the journal Urologia Internationalis where it found that men using saw palmetto improved in libido.
According to prostate.net, a new study also found that saw palmetto not only improved urinary symptoms in men with BPH, but also helped with erectile dysfunction.
This is important because one benefit of using saw palmetto for BPH rather than the conventional medications, such as alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, is that the herbal remedy is not associated with erectile dysfunction whereas the drugs have been shown to disrupt sexual function.
In this new study, 82 men with moderate to severe symptoms of BPH plus sexual problems (e.g., erectile dysfunction or loss of libido) were assigned to take 320 mg daily of saw palmetto extract daily for eight weeks. At the end of the eight weeks, the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) was significantly reduced by 51% and erectile dysfunction, libido, and other sexual functions had improved by an average of nearly 40%.
According to Dr. Eugen Riedi, MD, a urologist in Switzerland and the study’s lead researcher, “This is one of the first therapies ever to show an improvement of BPH symptoms and of sexual dysfunctions at the same time.” Saw palmetto also was well tolerated and patient compliance was “excellent.”
Topically applied saw palmetto first penetrates your roots; right where you need it. Orally ingested saw palmetto will circulate your body. While both are beneficial and recommended for overall health, your best bet for keeping your free testosterone flowing freely (without converting to DHT and attacking your hair follicles) is high quality CO2 topical saw palmetto such as is found in topical HAIRMETTO™ Oil and Serum products.