I get a lot of letters asking about different supplements that you could take. Most of the e-mails that I receive ask me about specific natural treatments. I can tell you right now that you don’t need to buy an expensive supplement package or treatment. You can get all the ingredients you need from your local grocery store.
Note: The only two treatments approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss are Minoxidil and Finasteride. Minoxidil is available in a treatment called Provillus.
1. Saw Palmetto
Most of the natural treatments are just a mix of OTC nutrients. The main ingredient in many of them is saw palmetto. Saw palmetto has become a popular hair loss supplement among natural enthusiasts because of it’s potential for reducing DHT.
There was a small trial of 20 participants that showed positive results for saw palmetto. However, the trial is very small and not big enough to give definitive results. Saw palmetto is a popular supplement for prostate health.
It’s popular because of its effects on lowering DHT. DHT has has a negative effect on the prostate health as well as hair growth. Natural practitioners figure that since saw palmetto affects DHT it could potentially help with hair growth.
Propecia started off as a prostate drug (Finasteride or Proscar) and it was later marketed as a hair loss treatment after patients started noticing changes in hair growth as a side effect. Like Propecia, saw palmetto helps to reduce the amount of DHT in the body.
Saw palmetto might work in the same way as Propecia but, it might not be as powerful. Propecia is a concentrated drug.
You should also take into consideration saw palmetto does have side effects. Pregnant women aren’t allowed to even touch the stuff because of what it can do to unborn children. In a few cases, saw palmetto has caused difficulty urinating, prostate swelling, hemorrhages, and blood in the urine.
2. Nettle Root
Nettle root is another supplement that’s very popular. It’s included in many hair loss supplements because it supposedly helps to block 5-Alpha-Reductase. Five Alpha reductase converts into DHT causing hair loss. Some consider nettle root to be a stronger DHT blocker than saw palmetto.
Just be careful if you’re taking prescription drugs or you have a significant health condition. Nettle root could interact negatively with a drug that you are taking.
3. Dong Quai
Dong Quai is another supposed blocker of DHT. It has phytoestrogens which help to stop testosterone from being converted into DHT. If all you took was nettle root and Dong Quai you’d have a hair loss supplement regimen that’s more powerful than most of the natural hair loss treatments on the market.