The Best Supplement for Baldness

The Best Supplement for Baldness

Written by Alex Reid
Posted February 8, 2013

The berries of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) have a long history of use in the Americas, dating back to the Mayans who used these berries as a general tonic. In more recent times, saw palmetto is often used in the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), which frequently affects a large number of males in their later years. Saw palmetto is also a very popular herb used to treat symptoms in the male genital and urinary system, ranging from erectile dysfunction to low sperm motility.

Age-related baldness, known as androgenic alopecia, affects a large number of both men and women by their late 40s, but in some cases as early as their 20s. Men typically start losing their hair at the front and lateral sides, eventually losing hair at the vertex of their head while women typically experience thinning in the front, sides and at the vertex. Now, there may be hope for those with thinning hair; current research indicates that saw palmetto may be helpful in treating age-related baldness.

A study was conducted using 48 men and women with age-related baldness. Half of the subjects received a lotion containing saw palmetto while the other half of the group received a lotion without the herb (control group). Subjects were instructed to apply the lotion to their scalp two times a day for 50 weeks. Hair density was measured using a standardized instrument at the beginning of the study and after the 50- week period.

After 50 weeks, subjects using the lotion with saw palmetto had an average 27% increase in hair density in comparison to their density at the beginning of the study. The subjects in the control group showed only a 13% increase in hair density. The researchers concluded that based on the results saw palmetto may be helpful in the treatment of age-related hair loss.

*Post courtesy of Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua ND, PhD. Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, or Dr. JJ as he is affectionately known, is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with a Doctorate (PhD) in pharmacy science. He is a clinical pharmacologist, public speaker and researcher. 

Dr. JJ is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor since 2003. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto and the first ND to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital in the Artist Health Center, one of the few NDs practicing in a hospital in Canada. He does research with the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto where he heads the MotherNature Network.  He is an Assistant Professor with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

You can learn more at Ask Dr. JJ.

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