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Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one softgel capsule twive daily with water at mealtime.

Serving Size 1 Softgel Capsule
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Saw Palmetto Berries Extract (Serenoa Repens) (85% Fatty Acids = 136 mg) (0.2% Sterols = 0.32 mg) 160.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Olive Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Caramel Color, Titanium Dioxide (Natural Mineral Whitener)

No sugar, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, sodium free, no wheat, no gluten, no corn, no soy, no dairy, yeast free.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Distributed by: General NutritionCorporation Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Dose: 160 mg twice per day of an extract standardized to contain approximately 80 to 95% fatty acids
Saw palmetto, the leading natural treatment for BPH, has been shown to help keep symptoms in check when used regularly.(more)
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Saw palmetto has been used historically for prostatitis symptoms. The herb contains constituents that help to reduce swelling and inflammation.(more)
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Dose: 160 mg twice per day of an extract standardized to contain approximately 80 to 95% fatty acids

In many parts of Europe, herbal supplements are considered standard medical treatment for BPH. Although herbs for BPH are available without prescription, men wishing to take them should be monitored by a physician.

The fat-soluble (liposterolic) extract of the saw palmetto berry has become the leading natural treatment for BPH. This extract, when used regularly, has been shown to help keep symptoms in check.1, 2 Saw palmetto appears to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to its more active form, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Saw palmetto also blocks DHT from binding in the prostate.3 Studies have used 320 mg per day of saw palmetto extract that is standardized to contain approximately 80 to 95% fatty acids.

A three-year preliminary study in Germany found that 160 mg of saw palmetto extract taken twice daily reduced nighttime urination in 73% of patients and improved urinary flow rates significantly.4 In a double-blind trial at various sites in Europe, 160 mg of saw palmetto extract taken twice per day treated BPH as effectively as finasteride without side effects, such as loss of libido.5 A one-year dose-comparison study found that 320 mg once per day was as effective as 160 mg twice per day in the treatment of BPH.6 A review of double-blind trials concluded that saw palmetto is effective for treatment of men with BPH and is just as effective as, with fewer side effects than, the drug finasteride.7 However, two double-blind trials have found saw palmetto to be ineffective as a treatment for BPH.8, 9 The reason that different studies have had different results is not clear.


1. Schneider HJ, Honold E, Mashur T. Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Results of a surveillance study in the practices of urological specialists using a combined plant-base preparation. Fortschr Med 1995;113:37-40.

2. Shi R, Xie Q, Gang X, et al. Effect of saw palmetto soft gel capsule on lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: a randomized trial in Shanghai, China. J Urol 2008;179:610-5.

3. Koch E, Biber A. Pharmacological effects of sabal and urtica extracts as a basis for a rational medication of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Urologe 1994;334:90-5.

4. Bach D, Ebeling L. Long-term drug treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia-results of a prospective 3-year multicenter study using Sabal extract IDS 89. Phytomedicine 1996;3:105-11.

5. Carraro JC, Raynaud JP, Koch G, et al. Comparison of phytotherapy (Permixon(R)) with finasteride in the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia: a randomized international study of 1,098 patients. Prostate 1996;29:231-40.

6. Braeckman J, Bruhwyler J, Vandekerckhove K, Geczy J. Efficacy and safety of the extract of Serenoa repens in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia: therapeutic equivalence between twice and once daily dosage forms. Phytotherapy Res 1997;11:558-63.

7. Wilt TJ, Ishani A, Stark G, et al. Saw palmetto extracts for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. A systematic review. JAMA 1998;280:1604-9.

8. Bent S, Kane C, Shinohara K, et al. Saw palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia. N Engl J Med2006;354:557-66.

9. Barry MJ, Meleth S, Lee JY, et al. Effect of increasing doses of saw palmetto extract on lower urinary tract symptoms: a randomized trial. JAMA 2011;306:1344-51

Dose: Refer to label instructions

Saw palmetto, known more for its use in BPH, has also been used historically for symptoms of prostatitis.1 According to laboratory studies, saw palmetto contains constituents that act to reduce swelling and inflammation.2 However, there is no scientific research evaluating the effects of saw palmetto in men with prostatitis.


1. Felter HW, Lloyd JU. Kings American Dispensatory, Vol II. Portland, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications, 1983, 1751-2.

2. Breu W, Hagenlocher M, Redl K, et al. [Anti-inflammatory activity of sabal fruit extracts prepared with supercritical carbon dioxide. In vitro antagonists of cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase metabolism]. Arzneimittelforschung 1992;42:547-51 [in German].

Parts Used & Where Grown

Saw palmetto (sometimes referred to as sabal in Europe) is a native of the southeast United States. The berries of the plant are used medicinally.

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  • Easy on Stomach
  • Easy To Swallow
  • Effective
  • Simple To Take


    Best Uses

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    • Men
    • Older People

    Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Saw Palmetto Extract 160mg:

    Years ago I was experiencing a lot of pain whenever I had an ejaculation. I heard that Saw Palmetto might help. I took this product for several months, and didn't see any change. After reading Consumers Report where people said they didn't see any improvement until they had taken the product for 3 months or longer, I decided to take it again for a longer time. After a longer time, I did see a dramatic improvement. Urine flow has never had a great improvement, but at least when I have an ejaculation, I do not have any pain.
    One time I thought I would try to save money, and I bought a much less expensive bottle of Saw Palmetto. In a few weeks my testicles hurt so bad I could not even sit up straight. I was in a lot of pain. I went to the doctor, thinking I had some kind of cancer, but there was nothing. The only thing I could relate it to was the change in Saw Palmetto. I bought the more expensive GNC brand and the testicle pain went away. I have been taking this product for more than ten years and I highly recommend it.
    If anyone has an idea for improving urine flow, I would be very interested. [And please don't exaggerate. I mean a real improvement.]

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