Vitamin D plays a vital role in fetal development. Worryingly, though, research suggests pregnant women are at higher risk of deficiency – especially in regions that don’t get much sunlight. And vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is linked with premature birth, low birthweight and gestational diabetes. Current health guidelines recommend pregnant women get 600 IU of vitamin D per day. But is this dose enough?
5-HTP is a chemical precursor of serotonin – a neurotransmitter associated with well-being and relaxation. It’s a popular supplement for the treatment of depression and research suggests it may help with anxiety too. But what does the evidence really say? Does 5-HTP reduce anxiety or is it just an over-hyped placebo?
Pygeum africanum is an extract from the bark of the African plum tree Prunus africana. It’s a popular natural remedy used to alleviate the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer – two conditions linked to DHT. Pygeum africanum is believed to reduce DHT levels and there are even studies that appear to confirm this. So does this make it an effective hair loss treatment?
For the longest time, androgenetic alopecia has been thought of as a purely genetic phenomenon. And while there is a strong genetic component to hair loss, new evidence is highlighting the importance of environmental factors. One such factor is diet – particularly sugar consumption. In this post we’ll look at why sugar is especially dangerous for those losing their hair and how reducing sugar intake may slow, or even reverse, hair loss.
Antihistamines are commonly used to alleviate the symptoms of allergies. If you’ve ever suffered from hay fever, you’ll know these drugs can be effective at reducing itchiness and sneezing. But antihistamines may also reduce PGD2 levels and inflammation – both of which are linked to hair loss. This has led some hair loss sufferers to try out antihistamines in an attempt to beat baldness. One antihistamine – cetirizine – is particularly popular online for this purpose. But does it really work for hair loss?
It’s official: sperm counts have halved over the past 40 years. We know that BPA and other endocrine-disrupting plastics are linked to infertility in both men and women, so has this got anything to do with it? Are BPA plastics to blame for falling sperm counts?
It’s a little known fact that bald men have higher levels of fibrosis in their scalps. And taurine, an amino sulphonic acid found in animal tissues, has been shown to prevent and reduce fibrosis. In this article, we’ll look at the evidence for taurine as a hair loss treatment, including a trial that claims it is more effective than FDA approved hair loss drug Propecia.
Endocrine disruptors are linked with a growing number of health issues. They’re said to be found in everything from food and drink to beauty products. They imitate the effects of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone and disrupt the body’s natural balance. Unsurprisingly, endocrine disruptors are linked with a host of hormone-related health issues. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss, is a hormone-related condition. So is there a link? Do endocrine disruptors cause hair loss?
It seems like every week there’s a new ‘breakthrough’ baldness cure. And while the reality often seems to fall short of the headlines, each discovery takes us a step closer to beating baldness. The most recent such discovery is the role of tregs in hair loss. Without these anti-inflammatory immune cells, new hair cannot be formed. This has led scientists to speculate that defective tregs may be the cause of alopecia areata, and raises the possibility of new treatments for other forms of hair loss too.
Copper peptides are found naturally in the body and are a popular ingredient in anti-aging cosmetics. They’re known to activate the body’s wound healing response and release growth factors and stem cells that may cause hair regrowth. There have even been FDA trials for copper peptide-based hair loss treatments. So, can copper peptides really reverse hair loss? And is this a more effective treatment than minoxidil?