Fighting DHT with Saw Palmetto
Fighting DHT with Saw Palmetto
If all else fails, a lot of people turn to alternative ways of treating hair loss. Nature provides a number of health secrets that can effectively treat certain kinds of ailments, including hair loss. One of the natural medicines believed to stop baldness is Saw Palmetto, a herbal plant known to fight DHT.
Hair loss is often caused by the presence of dihydrotestosterone or DHT. It is a male hormone produced by the interaction of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (often found in scalp and skin) with testosterone.
Role of DHT in hair loss
How can DHT cause hair loss? This happens when DHT binds to the receptor sites of hair follicles. When this is the case, the normal activities of hair growth are interrupted, thus hindering the normal growth and re-growth process of hair.
Saw Palmetto is said to have the same components found in Propecia (finasteride), an anti-androgenic drug popularly used to treat hair loss. Saw Palmetto is a palm plant grown in most places of North America including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. It also referred to as serenoa repens and is known in Europe as sabal.
The extracts from this plant is primarily used to treat urinary and genital problems. It is even a recommended aphrodisiac and can also be used as a muscle building supplements.
Among all the health benefits of Saw Palmetto, the most notable is its effectiveness in treating BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) BPH is an ailment characterized by an enlarged prostate gland that can result to urination problems. Since BHP is very similar to androgenetic alopecia or baldness, a lot of people assumed that Saw Palmetto could be as effective in fighting hair loss.
How Saw Palmetto works
How can Saw Palmetto help in stopping hair loss? Saw Palmetto contains fatty acids that can inhibit the spread of testosterone. This can deter testosterone from converting into DHT. Saw Palmetto hinders the binding of DHT to androgen receptors that can then results to the prevention of male hair loss.
There are a number of saw palmetto products and supplements that you can buy in the market today. Saw Palmetto products are more efficient if they contain a daily dose of 640 mg of a total of 45% fatty acid extract or a 320 mg of 85%-95% fatty acid.
Take note that certain medical evaluation is needed before you can take Saw Palmetto for baldness treatment.
Saw palmetto side effects
Natural remedies, such as Saw Palmetto, are notable because it has minimal health risks and side effects. To date, there are no documented or prominent side effects related to using Saw Palmetto. But as a general rule, it always recommended to talk to your doctor before taking this natural medication. Below are some issues that should be noted that may related to the use of Saw Palmetto:
· allergic reactions (swelling, throat issues, difficulty in breathing)
· headache/ dizziness
· diarrhea/ constipation
· stomach / intestinal problems
· abdominal discomfort
Remember that even if Saw Palmetto is a natural remedy to treat hair loss, it always best to consult your doctor before taking this supplement. Watch out for any discomforts that you think may be related to the product and report
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