How Saw Palmetto prevents hair loss?
In order to understand the role of saw palmetto in preventing hair fall its essential to understand the root cause of hair fall caused by DHT first. Testosterone is a powerful and essential sex hormone. In men it is the main sex hormone and also an anabolic steroid.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a by-product of testosterone and is an essential androgenic hormone responsible for the formation of male primary sex characteristics. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. It is scientifically proven that DHT is the root cause of hair loss in adult men leading to a condition known as androgenic alopecia generally termed as male pattern baldness.
Although the exact mechanism by which DHT leads to male pattern baldness is not fully understood as yet but it initiates a process of follicular miniaturization in which the width of hair shaft starts reducing gradually making hairs thinner. This process of thinning continues until hair actually falls.
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- Saw Palmetto’s botanical name is “Serenoa repens“.
- Saw Palmetto is used to treat both male and female pattern baldness.
- Saw Palmetto blocks DHT and prevents Hair Loss.
- Saw Palmetto blocks the negative effect of testosterone on hair.
- Saw Palmetto is usually known as a man’s herb but both men and women can take it.
- It is suggested that use of saw palmetto has not proven to be safe for women with hair loss during pregnancy.
- Saw Palmetto acts like Finasteride however without any side effects.
- Saw Palmetto also contains some anti-inflammatory actions.
- Saw palmetto has not been approved by the FDA.
- Saw palmetto should be taken with food to reduce stomach upset.
- Saw palmetto also helps to build muscles due to its anabolic nature.
What is Saw Palmetto ?
Saw Palmetto also known as Serenoa repens is a topical palm like small plant mostly found in North America. Extract derived from fruits or berries of saw palmetto as well as the whole berry itself is highly enriched with fatty acids (lauric acid, lauric acid, oleic acid, myristic acid, and palmitic acid), polysaccharides) and phytosterols(plant sterols. It’s extract is widely sold as an aphrodisiac for men and women. An aphrodisiac is an agent which is used in the belief that it increases sexual desire.
Uses of Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto has also been used in treatment of a wide range of conditions including treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) a condition marked by enlarged prostrate, other urinary tract problems, skin conditions, thyroid defeciences, genital, impotence, hormonal imbalance, bladder inflammation etc. Among other advantages it can also be taken to revitalize skin, improve urinary flow in men, breast enlargement in women and clear chest congestion caused due to cough, asthma and bronchitis.
Role of Saw Palmetto in hair loss prevention
Lately it has been widely accepted as a very effective herbal treatment to reverse hair loss and treat conditions like alopecia. Scientific evidence suggests that Saw Palmetto bio active ingredients prevent conversion of testosterone into DHT and additionally prevents DHT from binding to androgen receptors hence helping control hair loss. It helps revive hair follicles, improve hair strength, body and shine, make scalp less sensitive to stress and irritation.
Is there any side effect associated to the use of Saw Palmetto?
There is no known or documented side effect associated with the use of Saw Palmetto both externally and internally.
However, if you have any concerns its always best to consult your physician.
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How is Saw Palmetto used?
Recommended dosage for Saw Palmetto is between160 mg/day to 320 mg/day if taken orally.
Saw Palmetto can be purchased as an oil extract or as an ointment which can be gently massaged into the hair roots / scalp. Since it’s components are lipophilic in nature they are well extracted into the oil base, and are easily absorbed by the skin, therefore providing a more productive treatment. If applied before hair wash, let at least half an hour (better 1-2 hours) to absorb. For better absorption warm up in warm water or microwave (5 – 10 sec) before the application. Preferably, it should be applied at night before you go to sleep and left overnight which leads to best results due to better absorption.[/framed_box]