Is Saw Palmetto Extract an Effective Remedy for Hair Loss?
Hair loss is unfortunate and many folks have always hated it when their hair starts to fall out. Although many men shave their heads and go around bald by choice, most people with balding and thinning of hair would prefer not to. Therefore, there are many women and men who are searching for an answer to their hair thinning problem. Among the home cures, that’s been utilized for many years is saw palmetto for hair loss. Created from the berries on a dwarf palm tree that’s native to Georgia and Florida in the United States, the saw palmetto has long been used in folk medicine.
Native Americans first discovered medicinal properties in the saw palmetto when they used it to take care of urinary and breast problems. It is now most popularly used in fighting male and female pattern hair thinning, or that which is most prevalent on the top of the head or around the ears. Although there isn’t any clinical proof that saw palmetto extract actually reverses hair thinning, those who have used it for decades swear it does the trick. It’s thought that it works by blocking an enzyme that enables testosterone to get converted into another hormone. There has to be more testing done on the saw palmetto before it can be determined if it really works and why.
Just like most medications, there can be possible side effects of taking even this natural drug. People taking it often complain of constipation, diarrhea, mild stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and halitosis. Men may experience impotence, tenderness or enlargement of the breasts and a general change in sexual desire. In rarer cases individuals have blamed such conditions as depression, headaches, dizziness, chest pain, hypertension, blood clots, breathing difficulties, jaundice, insomnia, heart problems, liver problems, muscle pains, and pancreatitis on saw palmetto extract, but once more there isn’t any clinical proof.
Like with any of the natural remedies which have had no testing done on them, you are going to need to be the only one to make a decision if the potential risks associated with saw palmetto extract are outweighed by the potential for it to restore hair loss. If you do some preliminary research online, the bottom line is that the majority of the trustworthy websites will tell you that saw palmetto extract does not work properly and that it can be very unsafe but a more affordable option when compared to hair transplant costs.
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