Saw Palmetto Prevents Hair Loss & Promotes Hair Growth

Millions of people around the globe suffer from hair loss. The most common cause is a condition known as Androgenic Alopecia. Androgenic Alopecia is a hereditary condition believed to be passed down from the paternal grandfather although some studies have shown a link to both paternal and maternal ancestry. This condition may affect women; however it is most common in men. Because of this, it is commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness or MPB.

While Alopecia can be aggravated and accelerated by stress, poor diet and consistent wearing of hats or tight hairstyles; research has discovered a link between Male Pattern Baldness and the sex hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is believed to shrink hair follicles until they completely disappear.

There are many popular commercial remedies for male pattern baldness including prescription medications like Propecia and Rogaine as well as topical treatments such as shampoos and tonics. Most are chemical based and are only effective during the actual treatment. When discontinued the hair loss tends to resume in most cases as these solutions only treat the symptoms and not the cause of the hair loss. Granted, this form of Alopecia is incurable, but can be contained and sometimes reversed if managed properly.

In addition to what medical science has come up with, there is a natural alternative to help treat MPB: Saw palmetto extract. In fact, saw palmetto is often the active ingredient in many over the counter treatments, but can be purchased as a supplement in its own right.

Saw palmetto extract is derived from the Serenoa repens fruit and has been widely used for hundreds of years by aboriginal Americans as not only a food source, but for its medicinal properties. Because of its ability to interfere with dihydrotestosterone’s ability to bind to the androgen receptor; it can reduce the effects of DHT on the hair follicles and slow or stop the hair loss. Studies have shown a 60% increase in hair growth using saw palmetto orally as compared to a placebo.

There is little evidence or testing done on saw palmetto as a topical treatment. It is generally taken orally either in its natural state which is a deep red berry that grows on palm trees in the southeastern united states; or as a pill supplement which can be found in most health food stores, pharmacies on even on Amazon by clicking the green links above.

In addition to helping treat hair loss, saw palmetto has additional health benefits such as treating a variety of digestive and reproductive issues as well as for its antiseptic properties. It can also be useful as an expectorant and has been considered a possible anti-tumor agent with potential uses in the treatment of certain cancers.

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