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?
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.
We all know how healthy colorful fruit and vegetables are. And quercetin – the flavonol that gives many of these foods their color – is gaining recognition for its impressive list of health benefits. It’s too early to draw definite conclusions, but quercetin shows promise as a preventative treatment for certain types of cancer, heart disease, and may even promote DNA repair. Now, evidence suggests it reduces PGD2 levels – something that may make it an effective treatment for pattern hair loss too.
Since the discovery in 2012 of a link between androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) and PGD2, the race has been on to find a hair loss cure based on this discovery. Big pharma is currently trialling a range of PGD2-based hair loss treatments. But many natural products that may reduce PGD2 already exist. One of them is resveratrol – but is it effective for treating hair loss?
There’s no magic bullet that cures hair loss completely. But natural hair loss treatments can be effective. What’s more, not everyone is comfortable taking prescription drugs. This article compiles the products, supplements, and treatments that really work to stop hair loss naturally. Based on clinical trials, theory, and community experimentation, this is the ultimate guide to natural hair loss treatments!
Zinc: it’s an essential element that has many important roles in the body. It’s a popular dietary supplement and an ingredient in many shampoos. What’s more, zinc also shows promise in treating a number of hair loss conditions such as androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. So how are zinc and hair loss linked? Let’s take a look. Continue reading The Links Between Zinc and Hair Loss
Vitamin D is an important regulator of many functions in the body. But it’s only recently that a link between vitamin D and male pattern hair loss has been suggested. Mice with mutated vitamin D receptors don’t grow hair. Men and women with androgenetic alopecia have been shown to have lower levels of vitamin D receptors. So is vitamin D the key to curing hair loss? Continue reading Vitamin D and Male Pattern Hair Loss: Is There a Link?
It’s quite rare to see a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled medical trial conducted for a natural hair loss treatment. But a recent such trial – using pumpkin seed oil – has produced surprising results. The trial showed significant hair regrowth in those treated. So, if you’re looking into natural treatments, here’s everything you need to know about using pumpkin seed oil for hair loss. Continue reading Medical Trial Proves Pumpkin Seed Oil is an Effective Hair Loss Treatment