Which supplements are used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate?Two popular supplements for treating the urinary symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) are saw palmetto berry extract and beta-sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol (or phytosterol) found in very small amounts in saw palmetto and more commonly obtained from other plant sources (see What It Is).
What are the health benefits of saw palmetto and what is the right dose?Well-controlled clinical trials report little to no benefit with saw palmetto in reducing symptoms of BPH, such a urinary frequency (see Saw Palmetto — What It Does). A typical dose is 320 mg per day of extract standardized to 85% to 95% fatty acids (see Saw Palmetto — What to Consider When Buying).
What are the health benefits of beta-sitosterol and what is the right dose?Beta-sitosterol has been found in most, but not all studies, to significantly improve perceived symptoms of BPH and urine rate flow (see Beta-Sitosterol — What It Does). Doses used in clinical studies range from 30 mg to 91 mg daily. At a much higher dosage, beta-sitosterol can also lower cholesterol levels (see Beta-Sitosterol — What to Consider When Buying).
What did CL's tests of prostate supplements find?ConsumerLab.com's tests identified a number of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol supplements that contained the generally recommended amounts of these ingredients. However, CL discovered that one saw palmetto supplement had none of the key expected marker compound for saw palmetto (see What CL Found).
Which prostate supplements are the best?Among all of the prostate supplements approved for their quality in this Review, ConsumerLab chose a Top Pick for providing a proper dose of beta-sitosterol for treating symptoms of BPH at a reasonable price.
How safe are prostate supplements made with saw palmetto and/or beta-sitosterol?Saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol are generally well tolerated, although some individuals experience nausea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Be sure to check with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis before using, since symptoms of enlarged prostate may signal more serious conditions, such as prostate cancer, that require prompt medical treatment (see Concerns and Cautions).
Prostate Supplements Review (Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol)
Find the Best Prostate Supplement for Symptoms of BPH. See Which Prostate Supplement Passed or Failed CL's Tests of Quality.
Saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol supplements compared in this review
Life Extension Ultra Prostate Formula
Nature's Answer Saw Palmetto Extract
NOW Clinical Strength Prostate Health
ProstaGenix Multiphase Prostate Support Compound
Pure Encapsulations Beta-sitosterol
Puritan's Pride Saw Palmetto
Real Health Prostate Complete
Rexall Saw Palmetto 320 mg
Super Beta Prostate Advanced
Trunature Prostate Plus Health Complex
- Which saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol supplements passed or failed ConsumerLab.com's testing and review
- What saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol can and cannot do for your health
- Which other ingredients in prostate formulas (such as Pygeum, pumpkin seed, nettle, selenium, and zinc) may or may not be helpful
- The dosages of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol used in treating prostate enlargement
- Potential side-effects of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol
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