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While saw palmetto shows great promise for enhancing prostate vitality,* there appears to be significant inconsistencies with the formulas available.

In fact, one study conducted a few years ago that compared different brands of saw palmetto extract found that...

The potency of the extracts (Serenoa repens) appears to be very different, as well as the potencies of 2 different batches of the same extract. This is probably due to qualitative and quantitative differences in active ingredients.

Well, this is a bit disturbing and points to the fact that consistency of saw palmetto extract, even within the same brand, is a major concern.

Here are some of the issues that can lead to possible supplement inconsistencies…

Out of season harvest of saw palmetto berriesOut-of-season harvesting is just one of the issues that can lead to inconsistent saw palmetto supplement quality.

  • Saw palmetto berries harvested out-of-season – Many mass-producers use ‘green' berries picked before maturity which can lead to inconsistent and low-potency powder-based formulas.
  • Inadequate control of berry sourcing – If you don't know where the berries come from and when they were harvested, it's almost impossible to ensure potency and high-quality consistency.
  • Less than optimal extraction methodologies – Low-pressure extraction used by some saw palmetto producers does not typically yield as rich an extract as high-pressure extraction. And while some chemical solvent extraction methodologies may provide high-levels of extraction, there are potential trade-offs with possible chemical residues left behind.
  • Poor product stability – This can result in a formula with unpredictable shelf-life. Without utilizing some form of a very high-quality natural preservation system for the saw palmetto extract, the longevity of the final formula could be compromised.
  • Poor quality control and standard practices – There simply is no substitute for high-quality controls when formulating any supplement. What my team discovered is that not all saw palmetto producers show evidence of independent testing or high levels of industry-recognized certification.

With all these issues in mind, it's a challenge to find a saw palmetto supplement that could overcome all these obstacles.

And to help you better understand the process I went through to find a top-notch saw palmetto supplement, I’m going to provide you with a…

Rigorous Selection Criteria to Provide a High-Quality Saw Palmetto

Just about every major supplement company sells saw palmetto because many folks have had a positive experience with it. The challenge is to find one that will provide you with the best possible benefits,* using the highest-quality ingredients available.

This can be a very confusing and daunting task. That’s why I created a checklist of the criteria I consider most important. I’ve also included within the checklist how my new 100% “Made in the USA” Saw Palmetto formula clearly stands out in the world of saw palmetto supplements.

Criteria Description Saw Palmetto with Lycopene
Only ‘wildcrafted’ berries used ‘Wildcrafted’ means no over-cultivation or farming should be used in the growing process. To obtain saw palmetto berries at their optimal maturity, harvesting should take place between mid-August through late October. The picking of ‘green' berries should be avoided at all costs.
  • Yes – Our manufacturer of choice satisfies all these criteria and works directly with the state authorities to protect their crop from being picked when it’s not mature or efficacious.
Sourcing controls enforced in berry processing From harvesting, to drying, to extraction, to packaging, all processes should occur in the manufacturer's facilities themselves. Due to this form of control, most berries should even be traceable back to where they were picked.
  • Yes – All manufacturing processes occur in the manufacturer’s facilities in Florida. All berries are “Grown in the USA.”
Berries extracted using high-pressure methodology High-pressure is the best process available to create a high-quality, consistent, and potent formula. When compared to low-pressure extraction, more beneficial nutrients are potentially obtained and made available for creating the saw palmetto end formula.
  • Yes – Our formula uses high-pressure DeepExtract™ technology with a proprietary CO2 process. More details on this process in a section below.
Includes other ingredients in the saw palmetto formula Other ingredients such as pumpkin seed oil, selenium, and lycopene have been shown to potentially enhance a high-quality saw palmetto formula.
  • Yes – Lycopene has been chosen for inclusion in the formula. More details below on why.
Ingredient separation and protection delivery system employed Some ingredients do not last long when directly mixed with saw palmetto in a capsule. A system by which these ingredients are kept separate until delivery is a must–have.
  • Yes – Using a very unique capsule-in-capsule packaging system, the ingredients are protected up until you take the capsule.
Natural preservation system utilized

Many of the nutrients in saw palmetto are perishable so it’s important to make certain there is some type of system designed to prevent oxidation of the active ingredients.

  • Yes – Using an advanced botanical-based stabilization system called O2B™, this formula has a great system to help ensure longevity of the ingredients. Plus, not only is long-term stability achieved, formula efficacy is enhanced as well.

My guess is that you’ll probably have a difficult time finding any brand out there that has what I consider to be all the important check marks. That is why, in my opinion, Saw Palmetto with Lycopene and its producer are by far the best combination of saw palmetto I've found to date...* and it's the only saw palmetto supplement I recommend.

But now that you know more about why I feel the way I do about this formula, let’s take a deeper look into some reasons why I’m so excited about it.

Two Extraordinary Ingredients Work Together to Enhance Your Health*

A great place to start is to take a closer look at the ingredients that make up this extraordinary saw palmetto formula.

Saw Palmetto with Lycopene formula is really quite simple… yet, it does have a couple of very unique beneficial twists to it. These are the types of details many less-than-optimal formulas may be totally missing the boat on.

In Saw Palmetto with Lycopene, there are two main active ingredients: Saw Palmetto and Lycopene. But, what is lycopene and why is it such an important ingredient?

Lycopene: Super Carotenoid Antioxidant More Powerful Than Most*

Lycopene is a naturally-occurring nutrient that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color. Lycopene is one of a number of nutrients called carotenoids.

And lycopene is considered a potent antioxidant whose activity has been suggested to be more powerful than that of other carotenoids… such as beta-carotene.*

Here are a few examples of natural foods (primarily fruits) rich in lycopene...

Tomatoes - source of lycopeneTomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene.

  • Watermelon (but only in moderate quantities as excessive amounts of fruits can actually be counterproductive)
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Apricots
  • Pink guavas and papaya
  • Tomatoes

And speaking of tomatoes, they’re one of the richest sources of lycopene. In North America, it’s estimated that 85% of dietary lycopene comes from tomato based foods. But unlike most other raw foods, there’s a very intriguing thing about tomatoes… when cooked, the bioavailability of lycopene actually increases rather than decreases.

So, what does this all have to do with my Saw Palmetto with Lycopene? I included lycopene in the supplement primarily because it…

  • Is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant*
  • Shows promise in how it potentially works with saw palmetto in supporting prostate health*

How This Technology Helps Deliver More of What Nature Intended

And as important as the ingredients are in Saw Palmetto with Lycopene, I also made sure it was produced with a delivery system I consider to be second-to-none.

At the heart of Saw Palmetto with Lycopene is the DeepExtract proprietary technology... an ultra high-pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction process that yields a high concentration of micronutrients from saw palmetto botanicals.

The DeepExtract technology provides a number of exceptional advantages in the production of saw palmetto…

  • Offers extremely high extraction efficiencies – Delivers more of the beneficial higher molecular weight compounds that more closely track the natural saw palmetto source.
  • Provides gentle treatment of high value raw materials – This reduces the degradation of essential compounds, undesired chemical changes, and oxidation potential.
  • Delivers a formula untouched by chemical solvents – This saw palmetto formula is devoid of impurities and residues from chemical solvents which can raise potential safety concerns.

All in all, the DeepExtract technology delivers a formula that is more of what nature intended and offers.

And just so you’ll get an even better feel as to why the DeepExtract technology is so important, here’s a comparison of the three different ways saw palmetto oil can be produced:

  1. Ethanol/alcohol extraction -- Darker oil that still contains some of the micronutrients (such as chlorophyll), but not as many as #3 below.
  2. Hexane extraction -- Yellow oil resembling corn oil that does not contain any micronutrients. May contain residue of hexane, which can be toxic.
  3. Supercritical CO2 extraction -- This is the extraordinary extraction method used by DeepExtract that yields a rich oil, dark green in color.

The bottom line… high-quality oil comes from the third extraction method and it is one of the cleanest extraction methods known today. And with the super high-pressure used, more micronutrients potentially remain in the oil… including lycopene.

This is just another reason why I recommend Saw Palmetto with Lycopene as the only source of saw palmetto to help support your prostate health.*

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Many producers of saw palmetto extract formulas settle for a gelcap-type delivery system… or even a standard run-of-the-mill capsule.

With the unique capsule-in-capsule Licaps® delivery and packaging system utilized in the production of Saw Palmetto with Lycopene, there are what I believe to be, distinct advantages…

  • Prevents saw palmetto oil and lycopene nutrients from ‘mixing’ inside the capsule. Without this capsule-in-capsule separation, the pH levels of saw palmetto could potentially degrade the lycopene prior to you ever taking it.
  • Utilizes series of cutting-edge technology advancements (Fusion Technology) in capsule filling, sealing, and final product inspection to deliver unsurpassed high protection and fast release.
  • Delivers a leak-proof and airtight capsule utilizing the extraordinary capsule-in-capsule technology.
  • Provides high protection of moisture or oxygen-sensitive active ingredients.
  • Optimizes capsule disintegration by way of the Licaps thin shell making it ideal for nutrients requiring fast release.

With all these extraordinary delivery system advantages, there should be little question why I chose to have Saw Palmetto with Lycopene delivered and packaged in Licaps capsules.

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