I saw an article that said a side-effect of saw palmetto was a lowered sex drive. Saw palmetto blocks conversion of testosterone to DHT so many take it to protect their prostate or to prevent hair loss. The drug finasteride also does this and there are many many anecdotal posts all over the internet from guys claiming that the drug permanently killed their sex drive. I asked my naturopath about this and she said this is not true with saw palemetto but Im not sure. Google searches come up with some links claiming that it raises testosterone and sex drive while some others claim it drops it. I was taking it to prevent hair loss but I dont want to risk it.
Also I take a lot of turmeric to lower some inflammation that I have (Im still trying to figure out where it is coming from). By accident I stumbled across a link that claims turmeric lowers testosterone. However this was the only article that I saw on this and it was not cited nor written by a doctor.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Saw palemetto has worked great to curb my hairloss but I used to have low test and I dont want to slide back there. Turmeric makes my aches disappear and is a mood booster for me but once again I dont want to risk it (there are other anti-inflammatories out there).
Thanks for any help clarifying the conflicting info. My google-fu is failing me on this one.
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