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Does saw palmetto affect PSA levels?

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Saw palmetto does not appear to affect readings of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. PSA is protein produced by cells in the prostate. The PSA test is used to screen for prostate cancer and to monitor patients who have had prostate cancer.

From: Saw Palmetto WebMD Medical Reference

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saw palmetto." 

Natural Standard Database: "Saw palmetto ( [Bartran] Small)." Serenoa repens

"Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)." In Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds. , Marcel Dekker, 2005. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements

De Smet P. 2002; vol 347(25): pp 2046-2056. New England Journal of Medicine,

National Cancer Institute: "The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Questions and Answers."

"Saw palmetto berry." In Blumenthal, M, Goldberg, A, Brinckman, J, eds. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2000. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs,

Bent S., . 2006; vol 354(6): pp 557-566. New England Journal of Medicine

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saw palmetto." 

Natural Standard Database: "Saw palmetto ( [Bartran] Small)." Serenoa repens

"Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)." In Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds. , Marcel Dekker, 2005. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements

De Smet P. 2002; vol 347(25): pp 2046-2056. New England Journal of Medicine,

National Cancer Institute: "The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Questions and Answers."

"Saw palmetto berry." In Blumenthal, M, Goldberg, A, Brinckman, J, eds. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2000. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs,

Bent S., . 2006; vol 354(6): pp 557-566. New England Journal of Medicine

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 29, 2017

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