HOW SAW PALMETTO BERRIES Support Prostate Health
Alternative Medicine|March/April 2020
HOW SAW PALMETTO BERRIES Support Prostate Health
Benefitting from Saw Palmetto Berry requires knowing how to avoid adulterated products.
MARGARET H. DOHNALEK, PHD

Before one soft gel containing 320mg of pure Saw Palmetto Extract (SPE) is taken to help support prostate health and quality of life for men experiencing lower urinary tract symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, an extensive system of controls on the supply chain, command of the science, and commitment to quality come together to deliver an industry-leading saw palmetto extract at a managed price.

And, it all starts with one hand.

Hailed as “Florida’s Treasures,” saw palmetto berries (Serenoa repens) grow indigenous to Florida and a few other limited areas in the Southeast, where they are wild-harvested and must be picked by hand, one-by-one. But the harvesting needs to focus on ripe berries for an effective saw palmetto prostate health supplement to reach the market.

Some profiteers will exploit the saw palmetto crop and grind green berries and package them for sale. But ground berries do not offer any benefit to the prostate, since it is only the extracted oil from mature berries that has been shown to support prostate health. Others who profit from the saw palmetto market may even add or adulterate the saw palmetto berry oil with vegetable oils, or even animal fat. This decreases the efficacy significantly. Weather, too, can affect saw palmetto ripening, and related pricing. With factors like these, consumers seeking natural alternatives for prostate health support may try something labeled “Saw Palmetto,” but fail to benefit from any of the desired effects. That is why Valensa has developed a program in supply chain mastery to responsibly leverage this Florida gem, and advocate for sustainable practices that will protect this natural resource. Coupled with a commitment to science and quality and consistency, Valensa brings to market the best of this Florida treasure.

GEMS: Growing, Extracting, Manufacturing for Supply Chain Mastery

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March/April 2020