The way your hair looks can make all the difference between going out with confidence or feeling shy and staying back at home. Hair loss can cause lot of anxiety and fear of becoming bald. People try end number of ways to prevent hair fall. Saw palmetto extract is one such popular supplemental product used by people to prevent hair loss.
Saw palmetto, also known as Sabal serrulata is a small palm tree which grows wildly on the Atlantic coast of Florida and Georgia. The active ingredients are found in the dark red and black berries of the plant. Saw palmetto was used by Native Americans many centuries ago to treat urinary tract ailments.
Over a period of time, Saw palmetto became increasingly popular in treating variety of ailments ranging from benign prostate enlargement to hair loss. In many parts of Europe and North America, Sabal serrulata is accepted as an alternative herbal remedy in the treatment of benign prostatic enlargement (BPH).
How Does Saw Palmetto Work For Hair Loss?
Saw palmetto for hair loss has become relatively popular herbal treatment.
Even though the exact mechanism of its action in preventing the hair loss is not known, the ingredients in Saw palmetto are believed to block an Enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase which is responsible for converting the male hormone testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DTH). DTH is said to be the triggering cause for initiating male pattern baldness and benign prostate hypertrophy.
Studies have shown the potential of Saw palmetto in inhibiting the formation of (DHT), a hormone that is responsible for triggering benign prostatic enlargement. The liposerolic ingredient present in saw palmetto is said to be anti androgenic. However, there is no satisfactory data and clinical trial.
The effectiveness in controlling hair loss is based on anecdotal evidence. Saw palmetto oil extract is obtained by cold extraction of the berries. It is mixed with olive oil. When applied on the hairs, it may revive hair follicles and improve the strength of the hair, thus it helps to combat alopecia. It can also reverse the hair loss.
A person can consume the dietary supplement as well as apply the Saw palmetto oil extract on the scalp so that the assimilated ingredients can penetrate deep inside the hair follicle.
How To Use Saw Palmetto For Hair Loss Treatment?
Saw palmetto oil extract should be gently massaged into the hair root. Apply it at least half an hour before you take hair wash. The more time you take it is better for absorption. The oil extract can also be applied while before you sleep. Let it remain overnight and in the morning you can wash your hairs with warm water. Massage your scalp while you apply the extract.
It may take some time to reverse the hair loss, in such case daily application of the extract is more beneficial. While taking the supplement orally in the form of capsule read the correct dose on the label. Ask your doctor regarding the correct dose that is needed for your hair loss treatment. Avoid using Saw palmetto if you have any hormonal problems or breast cancer, since Saw palmetto is believed to have effect on progesterone and estrogen.