Pygeum Supplement Guide: Used To Maintain Male Health
1. What is it and where does it come from?
Pygeum africanum is the bark of an evergreen tree native to certain regions of Africa. Generally the bark is not harvested until the tree is full grown but current demand has suppliers harvesting even young trees.
The bark contains three groups of active constituents: phytosterols (such as beta-sitosterol), pentacyclic triterpenoids (including ursolic and oleaic acids) and ferulic esters of long-chain fatty alcohols (including ferulic esters of docosanol and tetracosanol).
2. What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Pygeum has been shown to have many benefits for a man's health and his prostate.
3. Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Generally it is used to maintain prostate health in men over 50. There are no deficiency symptoms.
4. How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Often times it is sold as a liquid tincture or in combination with other herbs such as saw palmetto and nettle leaves. It is best to get a Pygeum supplement that is standardized for total sterol content.
The most common dosage seems to be 50-100mg of extract standardized to 13% total sterols twice per day. There are no known drug interactions but on some rare occasions, nausea can occur while taking Pygeum.
5. Where can I get it?
It can usually be found in most natural health stores.