Saw Palmetto Supplier of Raw Materials and Retail Products to Distributors
and Manufacturers of Saw Palmetto and to the general public
Saw Palmetto Introduction
Saw Palmetto, whose botanical name is Serenoa repens, is a
small, low-growing, dwarf-palm tree native to southeastern North America,
particularly Florida. The Saw Palmetto plant produces berries, which when
ripe in August to September each fall, are a bright orange to purple, almost
black ovate, 3 cm long, 1 seeded berry, rich in fatty acids and phytosterols.
The reported benefits of Saw Palmetto can be traced back centuries where
the aborigines of Florida depended upon the berries as a staple food item
and was included in the Indian medicine mans array of healing herbs. In a
book titled "Saw Palmetto", written by Edwin M, Hale, M.D. (1898)
and published by Boericke & Tafel, Philadelphia, he describes the medicinal
value of Saw Palmetto as tinctures of the berries (fruits) and crushed seeds. Saw Palmetto was listed in the United States
Pharmacopeia (USP) from 1906-1916. During this time period, Lilly & Company
set up a collecting and drying station in Vero Beach, Florida where people
could pick the berries and sell them to Lilly and Company. Saw Palmetto was
listed in the National Formulary (NF) from 1926-1950. Saw Palmetto was again
listed in the United States Pharmacopia(USP) in 1994.
Saw Palmetto is classified as a dietary supplement in the United States
and falls under FDA regulations pursuant to the Dietary supplement Health
and Education Act (DSHEA). The act restricts claims that Saw Palmetto can
be used to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition, because only
a drug can legally make such a claim. Nor, can we use clinical studies that
suggest Saw Palmetto may aid in the treatment, cure, or prevention of a disease
or condition. FDA regulates what claims can be made on a label, including
any advertising including web sites such as this one. The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) regulates advertising of Saw Palmetto and other dietary supplements
Saw Palmetto Processing
When the Saw Palmetto berries are ripe in August or September of each year
they will contain 10-15% fatty acids. The ripe berries are collected and
bought to sites that purchase them by the pound from the pickers much as
Lilly & Company did in the early 1900's. The Saw Palmetto berries are dried
in dryers much like tobacco leaves are. In fact, some companies use tobacco
dryers to dry the berries. Once the berries are dried to a moisture content
of 5-6% moisture content, they are tumbled over a screen type system, with
forced air blowing thru them to remove leaves, and unwanted trash, much like
soy beans are cleaned. They can then be put into bags or containers and stored
for further processing.
The dried Saw palmetto berries are then processed, and the first step is
grinding the berries. If the manufacturer of dietary supplement needs powder
for capsules or tablets, it is ground very fine, usually by means of a cyogenic
grinder where the saw palmetto berries are frozen to a minus 200 degress
.F or more and run thru a hammer mill or pulveriser to a very fine powder.
The powder can then be sterilized by various means.
If the manufacturer requires the liquid extract, the berries are crushed
or ground into small particals to make the extraction process easier. Extraction
can be done by using a alcohol solvent, or a super critical fluid such as
hexane or carbon dioxide. Today, most saw palmetto extract is produced using
super critical carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide becomes a super
critical fluid (air-liquid mixture) when compressed to 79 atm at 31C
temperature. When the liquid Carbon Dioxide passes thru the chambers holding
the crush saw palmetto berries, the fatty acid and phytosterols are extracted
from the raw material and carried away with the carbon dioxide. When the
pressure of carbon dioxide is lowered to the point where it becomes a gas
again in the holding tanks, the extract is left behind. The carbon dioxide
gas is pumped thru the system again to be repressurized and make the circle
again and again. This extract is pure Saw Palmetto extract and then is sent
to the lab for testing to ensure it meets various specifications, and total
fatty acid content of between 85-95%. Rarely, would a batch not meet specifications
unless the berries had been picked too green. It is for this reason, that
only mature saw palmetto berries should be harvested.
Saw Palmetto products
Below are our Saw Palmetto Products. Our recommended dosage is the 160 mg standardized extract containing 85-95% fatty acids and sterols taken twice daily for a total daily dosage of 320 mg. Our company
also offers the 320 mg softgel, which is a once a day dosage form.
Other traditional uses of saw palmetto include, natural breast enlargement or natural breast enhancement pills formulated to promote breast growth in females.
Saw Palmetto has also been used as an ingedient in Shampoo's intended as a aid to slow genetic alopecia and promote hair regrowth. The Saw Palmetto Harvesting Company presently manufactures a saw palmetto shampoo
Saw Palmetto Products
contain 85-95% saw palmetto extract.
are ground saw palmetto berries that contain 10-12% fatty acids.
Each saw palmetto capsule contains 500 mg of ground saw palmetto powder
meeting the guidelines pertaining to minimum fatty acids as defined
in the United States Pharmacopeial. (USP) This is pure saw palmetto
with no additives and is rich in fatty acids and sterols
|500 mg usp
|500 mg usp
Each saw palmetto softgel contains 160 mg of 85-95% fatty acids and sterols. (equivalent
to 1600 mg of powder).
|160 mg softgels
|160 mg softgels
Each saw palmetto softgel contains 320 mg of 85-95% fatty acids and sterols.
(equivalent to 3200 mg of powder). Recommended Dosage: One once a day.
|320 mg softgels
|320 mg softgels
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