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Green Tea and hair loss

By Alex

Green tea, something you might drink on a daily basis – or something that you might hate, could help with hair loss. The uniquely flavoured tea is drunk by many due to its apparent health benefits. The latest claim for this tea god is that drinking several cups of the tea or taking it in capsule form on a daily basis could reduce your risk of hair loss.

How is green tea thought to stop hair loss?

It was thought that the catechines that are found in green tea had 5-alpha-reductase inhibiting properties, this could in turn repress DHT. DHT – dihydrotestosterone is the substance that causes hair loss in both men and women. By repressing the DHT, hair loss could in turn be avoided. However, studies taken out more recently have suggested that the anti-inflammatory properties that are in green tea are actually linked to hair growth.

Does green tea repress DHT and stop hair loss, or does it simply aid hair growth? During a study with mice who all had hair loss, research highlighted that hair loss slowed down in all mice who received green tea in their drinking water. It was found that the green tea even triggered new hair growth. In the study, the group of mice who did not have green tea found that the hair loss continued.

Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss and another reason green tea is great for the body is that the tea has relaxing properties and can help to slightly reduce stress.

Can green tea actually stop hair loss?

Other studies have shown that green tea cannot stop hair loss by blocking DHT, there are a number of genetic factors in hair loss and no amount of anti-inflammatory tea can actually help to stop hair loss.

Although some of the studies to show if green tea can help to stop or slow down hair loss have had positive results, it is important to remember that humans are different to mice and results will not always be the same. In order to get a definitive answer to this more studies would need to be done.

There is still no harm in drinking green tea for hair loss, there are plenty of other health benefits and many studies suggest that drinking green tea on a regular basis can prevent illnesses such as cancer, inflammatory diseases and arthritis.

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