I found this article about different saw palmetto brands. I didn’t have good results with saw palmetto, maybe I was using the wrong brand.
Not all brands are created equal: a comparison of selected components of different brands of Serenoa repens extract.
Habib FK, Wyllie MG.
Prostate Research Group, University Department of Oncology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommendations regarding the use of plant-derived medications for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) state that every brand should be fully evaluated and considered separately. Disparity between a number of brands in terms of their stated and actual doses has been recently highlighted.
The aim of this study was to fully quantify the variation in Serenoa repens extracts (SrE) commercially available for the treatment of BPH-associated LUTS. To this end, 14 brands of SrE were compared. Concentrations of free fatty acids (FFAs), methyl and ethyl esters, long-chain esters and glycerides were assessed using liquid and gas chromatography.
Many of the brands showed a significantly different proportional content which may have an impact on their clinical efficacy and safety. The high concentrations of FFAs in particular, which previous research has suggested as comprising the active agent of SrE for the treatment of LUTS, may influence the clinical benefit derived from each product.
Our findings lend further weight to recommendations by the 5th International Consultation on BPH that plant-derived treatments should be analysed and considered as independent entities despite their common origin. Only extracts with demonstrated pharmacological activities and proven clinical efficacy should be considered for the treatment of patients with BPH.