Hair Loss Treatments

Natural hair remedies: beta sitosterol

By Alex

We’re back discussing natural hair remedies today, we’ve taken a look at a  number of popular searches as well as questions we’ve had at the clinic and our next topic is the herbal supplement beta sitosterol that is believed to help combat hair loss.

What is beta sitosterol?

Beta sitosterol is a phytosterol that comes from plants. The substance is very similar to cholesterol in its chemical structure. Beta sitosterol can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The substance is used to make medicine.

Beta sitosterol is commonly used to treat heart disease and high cholesterol as well as secondary uses including boosting the immune system, combating HIV/AIDS, the common flu, headaches, asthma and even hair loss.

How does beta sitosterol stop hair loss?

Beta sitosterol is thought to prevent hair loss by inhibiting the production of the androgen DHT. DHT is the androgen responsible for male pattern baldness, and by stopping the production, hair loss should in turn stop or at least slow.

Beta sitosterol does this by inhibiting 5-alpha reductase type II enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

So, can beta sitosterol actually stop hair loss?

At current, there are not many studies that have been completed on beta sitosterol and its direct relationship with hair loss. However, one study demonstrated that 60% of those tested that took beta sitosterol showed an improvement in their hair condition. The study was over a 12 month period with some subjects noticing improvements after 4 months of use.

As with many hair loss remedies, for the treatment to work ,you must take the supplement over a prolonged period of time, and if you decide to stop taking the supplement the effects could stop and hair loss could return.

As with many natural hair remedies, it can be hard to give an exact answer as to if it can stop or even cure hair loss as there just isn’t enough research behind them. If you would like more information on hair restoration treatments, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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