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Hair Loss & Saw Palmetto

Hair loss is a common issue for men and women alike, especially as we age. Men usually experience loss of hair at the temple resulting in a receding hairline or balding at the crown, whereas women tend to experience an all over thinning. Hair loss can be traced to testosterone levels which cause the hair follicles to shrink, equating to eventual baldness in certain areas of the scalp. Ultimately, because men typically have more of the testosterone hormone than women, they are more likely to lose their hair – especially if male pattern baldness runs in the family.

So what are men and women around the globe doing to stop hair loss in its tracks and regrow their lovely locks? There are a number of medications on the market, but these can carry nasty side-effects such as vomiting, diarrhoea, dermatitis and unwanted extra hair-growth in other areas. Various surgeries and hair transplants are becoming more available, however they can be pricey and can’t guarantee 100% satisfaction. So what about a natural alternative method?

Saw palmetto has been used by the Native Americans – who believe that our hair is an extension of our nervous system and intuition – for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for a range of conditions from decreased sex drive to prostate cancer and bladder infections; but also hair loss. Saw palmetto is now the most popular natural remedy for hair loss.

Saw palmetto, also known as Serenoa Ripens, is a dwarf palm plant that is typically associated with the treatment of prostate gland enlargement. However, research has shown that saw palmetto’s little berries have been found to magically stop the transformation of the testosterone converting to DHT – the molecule accountable for hair loss. Interestingly, the studies conducted with saw palmetto have revealed that patients with enlarged prostates have improved significantly and thus researchers believe that this natural remedy could slow, if not indeed stop the process of hair loss due to the elements of saw palmetto working in the same way as man-made prescription medication, such as minoxidil.

So how can you take saw palmetto? Saw palmetto comes in numerous forms, and it is advised to take 200mg, however, always consult a professional before taking any kind of medication as there may be side-effects depending on you, your lifestyle and any other medication you may be using.

  • Saw palmetto whole dried berries
  • Saw palmetto tablets
  • Saw palmetto liquid extracts
  • Saw palmetto powdered capsules

Although regarded as safe to use, saw palmetto should be kept away from children and does have some slight side-effects; the most common being nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhoea. These effects can often be avoided by taking the saw palmetto with food. Further side-effects include potential thinning of the blood and in-effectiveness of oral contraceptives.

Despite not having any significant research dedicated to saw palmetto and the effects on hair loss, men and women around the world swear by its natural powers in stopping hair loss and promoting re-growth.

If you are considering using saw palmetto to treat your hair loss, please check out these pros and cons to going forth with this ancient natural therapy.

Pros

  • Fairly inexpensive (depending on the brand you choose)
  • Saw palmetto can be used with most other medical treatments without having a serious effect.
  • It has the potential to fit easily into your daily routine without any major life adjustments.
  • Saw palmetto can be safely used by both men and women, unlike some stronger anti-androgens.

Cons

  • Perhaps not the most predominant hair loss treatment available if you want quick results.
  • Supposing it does work for you, you must keep taking saw palmetto every day for as long as you wish to maintain your hair.

 

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