Examines Supplements Targeted at Prostate Health

-- Results Posted for 22 Supplements Containing Saw Palmetto and Beta-Sitosterol --

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK - announced test results from its new Product Review of Prostate Supplements.'s testing found nineteen supplements to provide the proper amount and quality of saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol known to improve symptoms; three saw palmetto products did not, including two major brands.

The products selected by for testing were ProstaPro (PhytoPharmica), Prostate 5LX (New Chapter), Saw Palmetto Complete (Designs for Health), and Ultimate Prostate Formula (Herbalife), as well as products from Berkley & Jensen (BJ Wholesale Club), NOW, Physiologics, Premier Value, Source Naturals, TerraVita, The Vitamin Shoppe, TruNature, VITASMART (K-mart), and Walgreens.

Among the three products that failed to pass the Review, one claimed significantly more saw palmetto than it actually contained, despite declaring "Extra Strength," "Quality Assured," and "Guaranteed for Potency." The weight of the contents of each pill was less than half the promised amount of saw palmetto. Another product suggested a dose known to be effective for extracts standardized to contain 85% fatty acids, yet it was standardized to contain only 45% fatty acids -- indicating that might be sub-potent. The third product met its claim for 'total fatty acids' but fell short on two specific fatty acids expected from saw palmetto extract. This product claimed to be 'tested to guarantee its potency.' It met its total fatty acid claim due to the presence of fatty acids from olive oil in the product.

Three beta-sitosterol supplements passed testing. Beta-sitosterol is a compound found in saw palmetto and, as a single ingredient, can reduce symptoms of BPH. Beta-sitosterol is best known for lowering cholesterol when taken at a higher dose.

In addition to the products selected by for testing, eight products are included in the report for passing the same testing through's Voluntary Certification Program. These products are from Nature's Bounty, Puritan's Pride, Sundown, and Vitamin World.

The new report is available at The report provides results for each product, ingredient comparisons, expert tips on buying and using these supplements, and potential side effects. Reviews of other popular types of supplements are also available at New Reviews to be released in coming weeks will cover calcium and vitamin D, probiotics, and garlic. is a provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. Subscription to is available online. For group subscriptions or product testing contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at [email protected].


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