Saw palmetto is a short, scrubby plant which grows in coastal plain of Florida and other Southeastern United States. The berries of this plant are used to make medicines. Historically, saw palmetto has been used to treat stomach ache, bladder irritation and bronchitis.
Saw palmetto extract is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. It has been used to treat of urinary and reproductive system problems. Like many other health supplements, saw palmetto in the United States is not regulated by the FDA (Food & Drug Agency).In spite of few health benefits, saw palmetto causes both serious and less serious side effects which are noted in published scientific literature.
8 Known Side Effects Of Saw Palmetto
The most possible side effect of saw palmetto is causing allergic reactions like hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue and throat.
2. Saw Palmetto Cause Heart Disease
Saw palmetto causes abnormal heart rhythm, chest pain, heart failure and muscle pain. Some people have reported that by consuming saw palmetto as a drug caused respiratory tract problems (breathing difficulties).
3. Side Effects In Men
Another serious side effect of consuming this drug is causing erectile dysfunction, discomfort in the testicles, breast enlargement and reduced libido (sexual desire).
Saw palmetto might slow blood clotting. It causes extra bleeding during and after surgery. Thus, it should be stopped before two weeks before surgery or as per medical advice.
5. Saw Palmetto Is Not Safe For Pregnancy
Saw palmetto is unsafe during pregnancy or breast feeding. It acts like a hormone and this could be dangerous to the pregnancy, it is not known whether it passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby.
6. Saw Palmetto Causes Stomach Problems
Some people have reported nausea, diarrhea or constipation, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. It is responsible for ulcers, liver damage and inflammation, headache and bad breath.
7. Saw Palmetto Is Responsible For Depression
Saw palmetto may increase the risk of depressed mood, sleep problems like insomnia and dizziness. Medical advice must be taken before using this medicine.
8. Saw Palmetto Causes Hormonal Activity
Saw palmetto may influence hormonal activity. Due to this, saw palmetto is not recommended individuals taking medications which affect the balance of hormones. Such medications include the birth control pill taken by women.