Saw Palmetto Hair Loss Treatment - Stop the Thinning
Hair loss is an unwanted problem for both men and women. It is mostly due to genetics, hormones and poor diet. In some cases, it is irreversible and with it come the social stigma and poor self esteem that are usually associated with baldness. In most cases, however, natural treatment using organic herbs can help. People have tried the saw palmetto hair loss treatment and a good percentage experienced satisfying results.
The saw palmetto dwarf palm thrives in South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Florida. It is a miniature palm with saw-like serrated edges and grows to only two to six feet tall. Industrial developments have taken down a huge number of these plants, which is why most saw palmetto herbs are now found as manufactured extracts and supplements in leading health stores and supermarkets. They are also popular in Europe.
The saw palmetto extract is derived from the fan palm's deep purple berries, which are best ingested when extracted as medicine rather than eaten fresh. A single berry contains fatty acids, cholesterol (beta sitosterol), and sugar (water-soluble polysaccharides). Extracts are sold as pills or capsules in bottled supplements. Most are sold containing 320 mg with 45% fatty acids. Saw palmetto products are also sold as breast enhancement pills, aphrodisiacs and shampoo to fight hair loss.
The beta sitosterol contents in the extract inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is a hormone that causes baldness. Although the idea that saw palmetto can prevent hair loss still needs research, the capability of saw palmetto to stop the creation of DHT at least is backed up by so many studies and scientific findings.
The production of DHT also causes a debilitating bladder condition called benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). Saw palmetto is widely popular as the best herbal treatment for BPH, which typically strikes men who are above 40 years old. Saw palmetto reduces the swelling of the prostate, soothes painful urination, and regulates urinary activities. The herb is a well-known diuretic for men and women. If indeed DHT leads to hair loss, then saw palmetto is indeed a cure for baldness, along with BPH and other genitourinary problems.
Beta sitosterol is also known to reduce cholesterol, boost the immune system, combat cancer, improve appetite, and strengthen the prostate. Medical professionals and herbalists know that beta sitosterol is also found in rice, wheat and oil, but most notably in saw palmetto. Other medicinal benefits from saw palmetto are as cure for acne, menstrual pains, indigestion, coughing, asthma and bronchitis, as well as a breast enhancement pill and libido enhancer.
Saw palmetto extracts and shampoos that proliferate in the market today are packed with the anti-baldness agent, beta sitosterol. There is another way of using saw palmetto to fight baldness, but a little more complicated. Some have tried freeze drying real saw palmetto berries and applying their juice to the hair for a number of months. This process works, yet purchasing the berries is not as easy as buying the shampoo in leading health stores.
According to most users, the saw palmetto hair loss treatment yields satisfying results in just a month or two. Some have testified to have seen results in just two days. Others say the thinning or hair loss indeed stopped, but no new hairs appeared.