Native to the United States, the Serenoa repens plant is a shrub-like fan palm tree that goes by many names, such as saw palmetto, cabbage palm, sabal palm and American dwarf palm tree. The stalk of the saw palmetto produces sharp teeth that connect the leaves to the stem, giving the plant its distinctive saw-like appearance. However, the most notable part of the plant is its dark red, olive-sized berries.
Saw palmetto berries contain beneficial compounds that are useful for supporting the growth of healthy, glowing hair and promoting healthy prostate and urinary functions. The active ingredients in these berries include plant sterols, fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids. While you can experience the benefits of saw palmetto by eating dried saw palmetto berries, it would be much more efficient and convenient to take lab-verified saw palmetto supplements, such as Chief Originals® Saw Palmetto Softgels.
Each high-quality softgel provides 320 mg of saw palmetto oil, which happens to be the daily dosage used by most researchers. While there is no official recommended dosage for saw palmetto supplementation, a study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery recommends taking either 160 mg twice daily or 320 mg per day.