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Saw palmetto for the treatment of hair loss

Hair loss and DHT

DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a male hormone that, upon reaching hair follicles, disrupts the hair growth. Dihydrotestosterone ties itself to the hair follicles, reducing the amount of nutrients these follicles can extract from blood. This in turn causes the follicles to gradually diminish, the hair extending from them becoming thinner, and, if measures are not taken, eventually the hair disappears completely. This problem is present in both men and women and is considered equally vexing for both genders, men suffering from male pattern baldness and females from female pattern baldness. The term pattern baldness is used due to the hair loss occurring in a defined pattern. Male pattern baldness (alopecia) is very common, with hair loss coming in an ’’M’’ shaped pattern.

Preventing and treating hair loss can be accomplished by decreasing the level of DHT in the body. There is a multitude of ways to achieve this, including prescription drugs like finasteride (Propecia). These drugs can block the conversion of free testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, but often include severe side effects such as gynecomastia or erectile dysfunction due to their synthetic nature.

Saw Palmetto and its advantages

Saw palmetto is a natural herb used to prevent the main cause of hair loss and the symptoms that accompany hair loss. Botanically named Serenoa repens, Saw palmetto is a diminutive palm that grows in warm climates, producing red fruits. This plant is extremely versatile, and is used for a variety of other ailments, including prostate urinary issues in men. It is not generally known that saw palmetto also functions well in reducing and blocking the DHT hormone, the hormone that is the primary cause of hair loss.  One of the main advantages of saw palmetto is that it is natural and has no negative side effects, much unlike other medication utilized for the hair loss treatment. Saw Palmetto functions by halting and changing the hormonal signs, thereby reducing the amount of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormone that ends up in the hair follicles.  This plant comes in two forms: oral or topical. Saw Palmetto reduces DHT in the scalp and the body, and effectively enhances healthy hair growth.

Saw Palmetto has also been used by Native Americans to treat urinary disorders in men, and is considered an effective treatment to benign prostate gland enlargement. The utilization of Saw Palmetto as a hair loss prevention product is a recent invention, its ability to convert testosterone into DHT is one of its newfound traits. The plant has a similar method of action to that of finasteride, albeit much more natural as it does not affect the rest of the organism and is devoid of the many side effects tied to finasterida and other prescription drugs.

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