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Pygeum Herb Health Benefits

Pygeum Africanum is an evergreen found at higher elevations across Africa. It generally grows at altitudes of 3000 feet or higher. It is becoming endangered due to the demand for its bark.


The fruit ripens in June, July, and August in Northern Africa, and later in Southern countries.


The fruit is also used for food by natives, as well as by birds and animals.


Pygeum may help to prevent the overgrowth of prostate cells that can contribute to benign prostatic hyperplasia.


Research suggests that pygeum may do this by inhibiting basic fibroblast growth factor, a signalling biochemical involved in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia.


Pygeum bark contains numerous beneficial constituents, including phytosterols such as beta-sitosterols, which exhibit anti-inflammatory action by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins in the prostate.


Other pygeum components include ferulic esters, which reduce levels of prolactin (a hormone that promotes testosterone uptake in the prostate gland), and pentacyclic triterpenes, which inhibit an enzyme involved in inflammation and help reduce oedema.


Pygeum has also been used to treat inflammation of the prostate, or prostatitis.


Prostatitis can occur due to infectious or non-infectious causes, and may cause symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency, or pain.


In France, Pygeum africanum extract (PAE) has become the primary course of treatment for enlarged prostate.


In contrast, surgery is the main option in other Western countries. Pygeum can be used with saw palmetto, stinging nettle root, and or bee pollen to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, and made into hair loss prevention shampoos with saw palmetto and stinging nettle root.


Pygeum is generally considered safe. However, some users may experience stomach problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain, and nausea.


Additionally, pygeum should be avoided by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Always ensure that you consult a health care provider before starting your supplement regimen.


It’s especially important to talk to your doctor if you have a medical condition or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements.

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