A popular herbal supplement bought by men to relieve discomfort caused by an enlarged prostate does not work, say researchers.
of men take the remedy saw palmetto, which comes from the fruit of a
type of palm tree, to improve urinary problems caused by benign
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). But a new study found even taking three times the standard dose of the supplement produced no benefit.
older men take saw palmetto capsules bought from health food shops or
on the internet as a first option when they are diagnosed, before drugs
to make the prostate shrink or surgery. It is the most popular supplement for BPH, and part of a growing £396 million a year market in health supplements.
latest US research involved more than 300 men aged 45 and older who had
moderate symptoms of a swollen prostate, including frequent urination
and difficulty emptying their bladders. They
were randomly selected to receive a daily saw palmetto supplement or a
‘dummy’ placebo capsule that smelled and tasted the same.
Source - Daily Mail