5 Saw Palmetto Companions – Friends with Benefits
When you go into a health food store to find Saw Palmetto supplements, frequently you find Saw Palmetto sold as a single herb. While it is excellent as a stand-alone herb, there are other herbs that work synergistically with this healthy berry to give their combination a unique and potent effect. The following five herbs are only a few of a number of herbs that can be combined with Saw Palmetto, but we find these to have the most power punch to them.
Now, on to our list of our 5 favorites:
- African Pygeum- This member of the rose family, also known as Prunus Africana or African Cherry Tree has been used for generations to treat urinary tract symptoms and prostate inflammation. It helps to increase libido and has a systemic anti-inflammatory effect which support several of the functions of Saw Palmetto. Some herbalists use Pygeum to treat symptoms of malaria, which in modern medicine, we consider to be due to it’s high antioxidant content that blunts the effect of the free radicals that attack the blood cells during infection. When combined with Saw Palmetto, the focus is on reducing inflammation, addressing prostate issues and increasing libido.
- Horny Goat Weed- This beautiful flowering plant is known as bishop’s cap due to its unique shape. Epimedium grandiflorum grows predominantly in Asia, and was observed to have a libido enhancing effect on the goats grazing on the mountainsides where it grows. Upon further study, it was discovered that Icariin, a powerful flavonol and antioxidant has circulatory benefits that could also enhance fertility and libido. When paired with Saw Palmetto, it is commonly used to enhance libido and promote circulation.
- Turmeric- Curcuma longa from the ginger family is one of the most well known spices in the natural pharmacopeia. India’s Sanskrit has over 55 names for this remarkable rhizome indicating their reverence for this plant. Turmeric is commonly used as a systemic anti-inflammatory and for arthritis, joint pains, headaches and regulation of liver function. Currently it is being researched as a potential treatment for various cancers. It’s powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects broaden the beneficial effects of this combination of Turmeric and Saw Palmetto. Together, they have broad range anti-inflammatory effects and can be used for a multitude of conditions.
- Polygonum multiflorum is a well regarded herb commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to tonify blood, strengthen immunity and enhance hair growth. It is also used as a tonic for the kidneys and liver having overall health benefits. When combined with Saw Palmetto, the two herbs benefit hair and nail growth as well as skin rejuvenation. For esthetic purposes, these two companions bring out the best in one another.
- Pumpkin Seed Oil- this potent oil extracted from the Curcubita maxima seeds. In the US, most of the pumpkin seeds are imported from Mexico where they grow prolifically and are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The oil from these powerhouse seeds, after decades of study, has been given credit for reducing cholesterol, helping reverse hair loss, improving cardiovascular wellbeing, and easing menopause symptoms among other effects. The phytosterols and antioxidants from these seeds are remarkable healing agents that are perfectly paired with Saw Palmetto to treat the wide variety of issues from prostatitis to hair loss.
Please keep in mind, Saw Palmetto is a versatile berry that has powerful benefits that can be combined with myriad herbs. Using it with herbs that support and potentize its benefits is always a plus. Due to its high safety profile, it is generally well tolerated with a wide selection of herbs. The above list comprise a few excellent pairings that bring out some of the most beneficial characteristics in one another.