We normally lose up to 50-100 hairs a day. However, hair loss occurs when the hair you lose does not grow back. Ignoring this symptom can result in baldness. To the surprise of many, it is a chronic condition that can occur in all parts of your body at any age
Hair loss is also known as “alopecia” in medical terms. Nowadays, there are many types of alopecia, but modern science has identified Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) as the most significant cause of alopecia.
What is DHT?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is one of the leading causes of male pattern baldness (females are also affected but to a lesser extent). It is converted from testosterone (the primary sex hormone in men that plays a vital role in developing specific adolescent characteristics, such as muscle growth and a deeper voice) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR).
According to the Birmingham Dermatology Clinic, excessive levels of DHT can cause hair loss by blocking essential nutrients from reaching the hair follicles, making the hair degrade, shrink, and stop growing. This symptom can occur to anyone at any age. Men typically experience an M-shaped pattern of thinning hair, known as male pattern baldness. Usually, thinning occurs all over the scalp in women, but it rarely results in complete baldness.
Fortunately, several effective ingredients work to inhibit the production of DHT. One of the most well-known and straightforward hair treatments is using shampoos and serums that contain DHT blocking ingredients. Today, we will introduce 4 DHT blocking ingredients that reduce hair loss and lead to healthy hair.
1.Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract
Saw palmetto fruit extract is commonly found in the southeastern United States. Native Americans have used it as a medicine for hundreds of years. Today, it is a natural treatment for many health conditions, such as acne, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), erectile dysfunction (ED), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Most importantly, it is one of the most frequently used natural ingredients for treating hair loss.
Saw palmetto extract can prohibit 5-alpha reductase (5-AR), the enzyme that transforms the sex hormone into DHT. Also, a recent review published in the Archives of Dermatological Research listed it as one of the plants with the most evidence-based effect against alopecia.
A 2020 study reported that after taking saw palmetto, 60% of people with hair loss symptoms had improved overall hair health, and 83.3% of them had an increased hair density. It is widely used and considered to be safe.
3.Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract
Among many other benefits to our body, coffee can stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. It significantly stimulates hair follicle growth. A 2007 laboratory study found that caffeine blocked the effects of DHT in male hair follicles. Researchers also said that it stimulated hair shaft elongation.
Caffeine’s easy penetration across our skin barriers makes it an ideal compound for shampoos and serums. A scientific study that examined caffeine’s effects on hair loss suggested that it can penetrate through the follicular route better than the dermal route. Furthermore, the research confirmed that caffeine-containing treatments are as helpful in treating hair loss as drug-based treatments while providing safety to consumers.
3.Panax Ginseng Root Extract
Panax ginseng is also known as Korean ginseng or Asian ginseng. Chinese and Koreans have used it as a medicine for centuries. Nowadays, fresh ginseng is harvested before four years, while white ginseng is harvested between 4-6 years, and red ginseng is harvested after six years.
Modern science has proven Panax ginseng’s medical benefits. Along with its anti-aging and anti-inflammation abilities, it hinders the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Therefore, shampoos that contain Panax ginseng can reduce DHT levels on your scalp.
According to J Med Food’s research in 2015, many people reported that red ginseng extract promoted hair growth in human hair follicles. In addition, the International Journal of Molecular Medicine’s study concluded that it could prevent hair growth disorders and various hair loss conditions.
4.Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Rosemary is one of the most scientifically proven natural DHT blockers. A study published in the Phytotherapy Research showed that rosemary extract inhibits the activity of 5-alpha-reductase by up to 94.6%. As a result, it can reduce the conversion of the sex hormone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
In a 2015 study, two groups of men applied rosemary extracts or minoxidil (a chemical treatment for male pattern hair loss) to their scalps twice a day for six months. Both groups saw the same increase in hair thickness. Many people combine rosemary extract with other hair growth stimulating ingredients like caffeine to encourage healthy hair. According to a 2010 study published in BMJ journal, rosemary extracts have shown the potential in treating alopecia areata, another type of hair loss that results in small and patchy bald spots.
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Scientific researches have widely recognized these four ingredients as effective DHT blockers. They form a part of a practical treatment and preventive measure for those experiencing hair loss and those worried about developing it in the future.
At Shizenlabs, we exclusively select them as our ingredients. Our Innogro™ Anti-Hair Loss Serums contain Panax ginseng, caffeine, rosemary, and saw palmetto to grow your hair with focus. We offer a natural and effective hair-loss treatment that you can use safely in your daily routine.
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