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PROSTATE HEALTH FORMULA
  • Supports normal prostate function & healthy urinary flow*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take two tablets daily with food.

Serving Size 2 Tablets
Servings Per Container 120
Amount Per Serving % DV
Calcium 48.00 mg 5%
Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) 7.50 mg 50%
Selenium (as sodium selenate) 35.00 mcg 50%
Saw Palmetto Berry Powder (Serenoa repens) 500.00 mg **
Pumpkin Seed Meal Powder (Curcubita pepo) 80.00 mg **
Lycopene 1.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Povidone

No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free.

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

Distributed by: General Nutrition Corporation 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.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

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)
Prostatitis
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.

References

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

Prostatitis
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.

References

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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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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    5.0

    good product

    By lina.jin

    from new haven, CT

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    Pros

    • Simple To Take

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      • Men
      • Older People

      Comments about GNC Men's Saw Palmetto Formula:

      it sound good. and i think it will have affect on body and health.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Does what it says

      By vipers2795

      from Kalamazoo, MI

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      • Easy on Stomach
      • Effective
      • Simple To Take

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        Comments about GNC Men's Saw Palmetto Formula:

        Just take it daily along with my vitapak from GNC. Was using an older version of the current vitapak and when I switched to the new one this wasn't in it. I decided to get it as it was very helpful in certain areas before while I was taking it. Got it on a 3 for $25 deal and it was definitely worth it.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Needs a Coating

        By skolson1

        from North Dakota

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        • Effective
        • No Side Effects

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          • Good Supplement

          Comments about GNC Men's Saw Palmetto Formula:

          This may be a good product, but it is the worst pill I have ever tried to swallow. Normally pills don't make me gag, but this one is so dry and uncoated that I gag just about every time I try to take 1. It sticks on the back of my tongue.

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works For Me

          By kaneusa

          from USA

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          • Easy To Use
          • Effective
          • Good Value

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            Comments about GNC Men's Saw Palmetto Formula:

            Turned 50 in 2012. Had been having mild instances of the things you read about re ageing men and prostate issues for a couple of years; having to get up at night = particularly annoying. Had the "take your wristwatch off first, doc!" check but nothing untoward was found. And yet same issues. Read about saw palmetto in a book - GNC brand highly recommended in it for both quality and price. Started taking 2 pills with breakfast. After a week the nuisance feelings were gone. Works for me so going to keep taking, and getting from GNC since the sales/bulk prices are great. Strongly recommend at least trying it.

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            5.0

            effective and useful

            By fanxinyan_02

            from japan

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            Comments about GNC Men's Saw Palmetto Formula:

            it was useful and effective

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