Did you know that saw palmetto benefits your hair growth? The benefits of saw palmetto, a palm-like plant, are many – stopping hair thinning is just one of them – which is why it is one of the most commonly consumed supplements in the US.
What is Saw Palmetto and What Does it Do?
Saw palmetto is a plant that has long saw toothed leaves. It can grow small as a shrub or reach 10 feet high if it grows in the right climate. The plant has white flowers and yellow berries that turn black when they are ripe. Native Americans used these berries for food and medicine for hundreds of years. And in the early 20th century, men took the berries to treat urinary tract problems, increase sperm production and even boost libido.
Saw palmetto contains plant-based chemicals that can affect the amount of testosterone in the body and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Its active ingredients include fatty acids, plant sterols and sugars. It is available as pills, dried berries, liquid or powdered capsules.
What Are the Saw Palmetto Benefits For My Hair?
Saw palmetto has gained a lot of popularity during recent years since it has become known as a natural way of fighting hair loss. It contains components that work in a similar way to those found in hair growth pharmaceuticals, preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles. Since saw palmetto is a natural remedy that does not come with the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals, it has seen a boost in usage recently.
Although more scientific research is needed, the studies that do exist of saw palmetto benefits for hair growth have seen positive results. A recent study published in 2017 comparing the effects of saw palmetto with finasteride (more commonly known under the brand name Propecia) shows that saw palmetto is a great natural alternative. 38 percent of the 100 hair loss patients who were given 320 mg of saw palmetto saw a statistically significant increase in hair growth. In a 2002 study on ten men with androgenetic alopecia – male pattern baldness – there was an improvement in 60 percent of the participants. In a study from 2004, 34 men and 28 women received topically applied saw palmetto extract on the scalp. 67 percent saw a reduction in scalp sebum production and 35 percent experienced increased hair density.
Saw Palmetto In Supplements
Pick a hair supplement that contains all natural ingredients. Nutrafol contains a mixture of components proven to benefit hair growth, one of them being saw palmetto. If you choose to take saw palmetto, keep an eye on your daily intake so you do not overdose.
Learn More About Why Your Hair is Thinning
If you experience thinning hair and you don’t know why, maybe a saw palmetto supplement is the right thing for you. But before you take any action, take a few minutes to read more about the different reasons for hair loss and see how you can take the Nutrafol approach of working on the whole body from inside and out.
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