Saw palmetto

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The Saw palmetto or dwarf American palm (Saw palmetto [W. Bartram] Small [Arecaceae]; Syn: Sabal serrulata [Michx.] Nutt. Ex Schult. and Schult. f.; Serenoa serrulata [Michx.] G. Nichols) is a palm with bluish-green and fan-shaped leaves with a single short stipe. The fruit constitutes the herbal drug and is globose, monoseeded and turns black when mature. The species grows wild in sandy soils of southern United States. Saw palmetto extract from the fruits is the most popular and widely used phytotherapeutic agent for the treatment of symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia.


de Combarieu E, Martinelli E M, Pace R, et al. Metabolomics study of Saw palmetto extracts based on 1 H NMR spectroscopy[J]. Fitoterapia, 2015, 102: 56-60.