Many people have heard of the drug Propecia, the well-known brand of finasteride, a medication commonly used to treat hair loss. While studies show the effectiveness of the drug, it also comes with some serious side effects, including impotence, swelling, headaches, and dizziness. As more and more people seek out natural alternatives to drugs and hormones, saw palmetto is stepping into the limelight.
Used to treat hair loss, this small berry has been used by Native American cultures. Some evidence suggests that saw palmetto is effective in treating a variety of conditions including:
• hair loss
• bladder infections
• prostate cancer
• decreased sex drive
Saw Palmetto and Hair GrowthThe research is limited, but promising for saw palmetto as an effective hair growth treatment. Saw palmetto berries help block 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that works to convert testosterone to DHT. DHT is the number one root killing hormone and is a major contributor to hair loss.
DHT that builds up in the follicle can contribute to gradual hair thinning and eventually has the potential to kill the follicle completely.
In women, DHT can have the opposite effect on hair follicles all over the body, causing excess hair to grow in places like the face, stomach, and arms.
Where to Find Saw Palmetto
Many hair growth support supplements contain saw palmetto and provide a convenient way to ingest saw palmetto in addition to many other vitamins and nutrients essential for healthy, fast hair growth.
Saw palmetto is also an ingredient in many Premium Hair Growth support shampoos, conditioners, and treatments.