Tag: Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is a simple extract that has a long list of uses. In men of a certain age, this extract is considered to be essential, which is why it is included in many multi-vitamins aimed at older men. It is also something that has gained a following in the medical community, which makes it one of the few “alternative” and “herbal” medicines that is actually prescribed by doctors.

That just goes to show how effective Saw Palmetto is and how essential it can be if you are in need. One of the most common uses for this drug is to reduce the size of an inflamed prostate. But it can also help to limit hair loss and speed-up hair growth. In both cases it works because of its effect on the chemical DHT, and in both cases it has proven to be effective in the majority of users.

So, checkout our many articles on this medication below.

Hair Growth Products: The Best and the Worst Products for Hair Growth

Hair Growth Products: The Best and the Worst Products for Hair Growth

Products for Hair Growth

There are a number of effective hair growth products on the market, products that work for all forms of hair loss and products that are effective for both men and women. Some of these hair growth products are safer than others, some come loaded with side effects and some are more hyperbole than hair growth.

In this hair growth products guide we will help you to separate the effective products from the useless ones, focusing on the very best hair growth pills, hair loss treatments and more on the market.

The Best Hair Growth Products

Rather than pointing out the best products on the market, we’re going to focus on a few key ingredients. These are all supposed to be applied topically (although some will also be beneficial if consumed orally) and you can find them either in pure formulations or mixed in with other ingredients.

Your goal as a consumer is to find products that use these ingredients and don’t use too many other harmful chemical alongside them. These are effective and well known, for the most part. But there is tendency to water them down, to mix them with hair growth products that are mostly useless or even harmful. So, pay attention, focus on pure products or even ones that contain all or most of the ingredients listed below.

Oils

Hair Growth Products

Argan oil is one of the best oils on the market right now and one that is finding its way into countless beauty and health products. It can also be eaten. Speaking of which, olive oil is just as beneficial. It may not be as trendy as argan oil, but it serves many of similar benefits. It’s loaded with nourishing, healthy fats that can strengthen your hair from the root to he tip. It also contains vitamins like Vitamin E which is good for both the skin and the hair.

Other oils to look out for include omega 3 and omega 6. Castor oil is also a very potent oil for hair loss and one that we have discussed many times already on this website. Fish oil, flax oil and other nourishing oils should also be considered, although it takes a brave person to smother their scalp in fish oil.

Topical Vitamins

Many vitamins just won’t work when applied directly to your head, no matter what the shampoo labels and commercials want you to believe. There are ones that have been proven to be effective when applied direct though. These include Vitamin E, as mentioned above. It also includes B Vitamins like Biotin and Niacin.

Biotin in particular is essential in the formulation of new and strong hair follicles. It is used by the body when producing hair and without it very little keratin would be produced and very little hair would grow. It’s very difficult to get too much Biotin, so you can consume it through your food, through a supplement and through a topical solution. It’s still important not to overdo it though, but for the most part it is safe in high doses, which is why Biotin supplements contain such a high concentration.

FDA Approved Medication

Best-Hair Growth Products

If you’re a man then you can use Finasteride, which also goes by the brand name Propecia. This works by stopping the production of DHT. This chemical is known to enlarge the prostate and it can also trigger hair loss. In those sensitive to DHT the hair loss can be particularly bad, which is why this is one of the main causes of hair loss in men.

This medication works for the majority of men that use it. It has side effects, but these are mostly harmless. However, it has not been approved for use in women because some of the more serious side effect include the potential to cause birth defects in pregnant women.

If you are a woman then Minoxidil is a good alternative, and one that has been approved by the FDA for both sexes. There are specific formulations of Woman’s Minoxidil and Men’s Minoxidil, and you can also find this substance used in formulations like Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment.

Extracts

Saw Palmetto works in much the same way as Finasteride and, like Finasteride, it is also a very effective hair loss treatment for men. It reduces DHT, it stops hair loss at the source and it can also help to make the hair stronger. What’s more, this is a natural extract taken from the berries of a plant that grows in the wild. It has been used for its curative properties for many years and is seen as an essential medication in older men who are suffering from prostate problems and do not want to use, or can not use, Finasteride. Aloe vera is also an effective extract, one that is soothing and moisturizing and one that may be ale to work wonders on your hair as well.

There are other extracts as well, although few of them have been proven to be as effective. For instance, the product Viviscal uses something known as Nettle Extract. This is an effective product, so it could be an effective extract, but even if that was the case then it is likely only effective when consumed. The same may apply to things like Blueberry Extract, which are also used in similar formulations.

Balms and More

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Coconut oil is another top product that is safe, natural, easy to acquire and may be able to help. This is actually the meat of the coconut as opposed to an oil, but it can be made into an oily, waxy substance that is easy to massage into the scalp and the hair. You can also make your own balms, either by combining ingredients mentioned above or by using things like lemon peel. If you leave this to sit in an oily substance then the Vitamin C and the starchy goodness of the peel will leech into the oil and create an effective hair growth balm.

The Worst Hair Growth Products

There are hair growth products that just don’t work, at least in our opinion. There are many reasons for this and as a consumer it’s up to you to determine if any of them apply to the product in question.

One of the first things you should focus on is the marketing claims made on the label. Many poorer quality products will make big claims about certain ingredients, even though they only contain them in very small quantities. One of the biggest claims being made right now is for “argan oil shampoo”. There are many top products out there that contain this oil in abundance, and some of there are 100% pure argan oil. But there are also many that contain an infinitesimal amount and yet make bold claims on the label and in the promotional materials. They know as well as you do that a product containing such a small amount of argan oil is not effective, so if they are claiming otherwise then they’re just after your money and should be avoided.

We would also advise caution against products that contain caffeine. This seems to be one of the “in” things right now and there are many bold claims being made about it. But the truth is, there is no proof regarding the effectiveness (or otherwise) of caffeine when used in a shampoo. In our experience, products like Alpecin can help to condition your hair, but we have yet to receive any proof that it actually helps to grow your hair or to limit hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatments: The Best and the Worst Cures for Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatments: The Best and the Worst Cures for Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatments

The medical sector is always innovating, improving and advancing, and this is as true with hair loss as it is with anything else. Not so long ago hair loss treatments consisted of spraying black “hair” onto your scalp or wearing a wig. It was a joke. It left sufferers feeling hopeless and—if they chose the spray option—a little stupid.

Thankfully, times have changed and there are so many better and more effective hair loss treatments out there today. In this article we’ll take a broad look at all of the options available for someone suffering from alopecia, thinning hair, and other hair loss problems.

Hair Transplants

Hair Transplants

This option is quite expensive, but it is getting cheaper as it becomes more widely available and more widely accepted by both the healthcare community and the public. Hair transplants essentially take hair from one part of your body and then transport it to your scalp. The extraction part is known as “harvesting” and involves taking the whole hair follicle. To do this, they have to puncture the skin and make sure the hair follicle is 100% intact when it is removed.

They will then insert this into the scalp. This allows the hair to grow as it would and indeed as it should. As with all hair loss treatments and all treatments in general, this has as many pros as it does cons.

  • Pros: This is an effective treatment and one that, if done properly, works all of the time. There are also no medication side effects to worry about because there is no medication besides a local anesthetic.
  • Cons: The main con is that this is surgery. The anesthetic may be local and it may not be life threatening, but it’s still surgery and that will put people off. It can also be expensive, it can take a few weeks for the scalp to heal and it can lave a scar in the donor area.

This is not a perfect practice. However, you can’t argue with the results. When it comes to hair loss treatments that work quickly and are effective all of the time, nothing comes close. In fact, based on those parameters, hair transplants are the only thing available.

Medications

Minoxidil for Hair Loss

There are two main medications that can be used to treat baldness and to stop thinning hair and receding hair lines. These include Rogaine and Propecia. Both of these have been used for many years and have been advertised extensively throughout that time. As a result, they have cemented themselves into the public consciousness. So, there’s good chance you already know about them, but an equally good chance that you see them as useless, ineffective products.

That’s because these medications don’t work all of the time. And when you have something that isn’t always effective and is used by millions of people, you have something that is not short on bad reviews. Make no mistake about it, these products do work, but they don’t work for everyone and even when they are working, the positive effects may not be as pronounced in you as they were in your friend.

These medications are fairly cheap and they are FDA approved. These are all good points, but there are a few downsides that need to be considered. Firstly, while cheap, they have to be taken over the long term and that can make them very expensive. Also, both of these hair loss treatments come with a long list of side effects. As with their effectiveness, these effect aren’t felt by all, but if you’re one of the unlucky few then you’re in for an unpleasant time.

Side effects can range from diarrhea to heart palpitations. We always recommend that you get checked up and have a discussion with your doctor before taking the medications. But don’t dismiss them out of hand just because there are a few side effects, the same can be said for all medications.

Natural Treatments

Lasers Hair Growth

There are many new trends for hair loss treatments that are relying on desperation in order to succeed. Some of these show promise, but others are based on pseudoscience and should be ignored. Some of the more promising ones include the use of lasers. The idea behind this is that the lasers stimuli the follicles and help them to produce more hair, while making sure that the hair is thicker and stronger. This has shown some promise, but it’s still very early so it’s hard to say.

If you encounter a new hair loss treatment the first thing you should do is enquire about the science. If what you had sounds like it was dreamt up by a marketing agency, then you should be wary. Don’t dismiss it out of hand, but do your research and don’t take it on face value.

Vitamins and Supplements

There are hair loss treatments that are as effective as Rogaine and Propecia for some people, and also come with little to no side effects. Hair loss supplements and hair loss vitamin formulas promise the world, but not all of them deliver. As a consumer, it’s up to you to separate the truths from the advertising, to distance the genuine products from the snake oil.

The only way to do this is to educate yourself on what ingredients are effective and what ingredients are not. Once you do that you can begin to look at the ingredient potholes of these hair loss treatments to determine whether you’re getting a genuinely helpful product, or something designed purely to trigger big numbers on the late-night shopping channels.

Some of the vitamins and minerals to look out for include B Vitamins like Biotin and Niacin; Saw Palmetto, which works in a similar way to Propecia; Vitamin D, which is better absorbed when you get an adequate amount of sunlight; and Vitamin E. Products like olive oil, caster oil, coconut oil and even lemon peel have also been proven to be effective hair loss treatments. We have discussed these products in our guides on Eyelash Growth DIY and Eyelash Growth Serums, as well as a piece on How to Grow your Eyebrows.

Effective hair loss treatments are out there. The problem is, they are drowning in a see of ineffective treatments, marketing claims and cons. Here at Hair Growth Pills, we can help you to get some clarity.

Hair Growth Pills: Medications and Supplements that Actually Work

Hair Growth Pills: Medications and Supplements that Actually Work

Hair Growth Pills

Looking for some hair growth pills to help you restore your hair? There is a wealth of different ones to choose from. So much so that finding the right one can be a little complicated.

Here on Hair Growth Pills we have looked at all kinds of hair loss vitamins, beard growth products and more. We have pointed you towards the best baldness cures and have asked if the right foods can help you to grow your eyelashes. But there’s still so much more that needs to be covered, so much more that need to be said.

In this article we’ll focus on a couple medications that you may have already heard of; medications that are said to work better than anything else on the market. The question is, do they really do that and are these hair growth pills as effective as the manufacturers claim?

Minoxidil

Minoxidil Hair Growth Pills

Perhaps the best known of the two medications on this list, Minoxidil also goes by the brand name “Rogaine”. It is available over-the-counter and has been approved by the FDA. For a medication that promises such a life changing alteration, it has very few side effects and there is very little risk. As a result, Rogaine has been taken extensively over the years. It has gained a reputation as one of the best hair growth pills on the market.

Rogaine is rubbed into your scalp twice a day and can help to grow hair and to prevent hair loss. It’s fairly cheap and its effects are realized quite quickly. Of course, nothing is ever that simple and Rogaine is far from a miracle cure. There are downsides, and its up to you to decide if these are worth it or not:

  • Side Effects: “Very few side effects” doesn’t mean “no side effects” unfortunately. Even OTC medications like this can cause problems. They are rare and for the most part they are minor, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones then you may suffer at the hands of this medication. It can cause everything from minor irritations to tachycardia, which is definitely not minor.
  • Not For Everyone: Rogaine is typically effective in men of a certain age. It seems to work best in men who are losing most of their hair or have already lost it. If your hair is thinning or breaking and if you are female, the effects may be considerably less noticeable.
  • Price: Rogaine is cheap in the short-term. But if you only use it over the short-term then you will only experience benefits over the short-term. To keep experiencing the positive effects of Rogaine you need to keep taking it. Not only can needing to rub this medication into your scalp twice a day get tiring after a while, but it can also get expensive as you go through bottle after bottle.

Finasteride

Finasteride Hair Growth Pills

This is another FDA approved medication, and one that works in a different way to Rogaine. Also known by the brand name Propecia, this medication is primarily used to shrink prostates. It does this by shrinking the tissue around the prostate, which it is able to do by reducing the amount of DHT in the body. And because DHT can trigger hair loss, someone medicating with Propecia should experience noticeably less hair loss.

It has been said that all men above a certain age will have some form of enlarged prostate and even prostate cancer. It doesn’t always develop into something serious, but the problem is there and it’s not comfortable. As a result, Propecia use is common in older men. The main goal is to limit prostate growth. The limited hair loss is a pleasant side effect that most patients are happy with.

As with Rogaine, Propecia also has side effects and it can also be expensive to use over the long-term. Propecia side effects include a decreased libido, which is something that older men definitely do not need. This side effect doesn’t occur in all uses of Propecia, but it is one of the more common ones. Ironically, despite helping to reduce the size of the prostate, one of the rare side effects of Propecia use is prostate cancer.

It’s quite astonishing when you think about it. Here’s a drug designed to make older men feel and look younger, but they may never have sex again when they take it. It’s a drug that can help them to reduce the size of their prostate, but may also give them prostate cancer.

Fortunately, this side effect is very rare and if you are experiencing problems in that area and you’re also worried about hair loss, Propecia use may be a no-brainer. Just make sure that you get yourself checked over by your doctor before beginning a course of treatment and that you drop by for regular check-ups after that.

Other Hair Growth Pills

As mentioned already, there are many different options available for hair growth. However, if you want hair growth pills that have countless studies to back them up, hair growth pills that have been shown to be considerably more effective than any vitamins and minerals, then the two listed above are really your only options. There are also vitamin profiles, supplements like saw palmetto and much more. But if you ask the experts and the people who have used these hair growth pills before, nothing comes close to Minoxidil or Finasteride.

That is, unless you are happy to consider surgery. If that’s the case then even those FDA approved hair growth pills don’t offer you results like the ones you can get with a hair implant. This is an instant way to get the hair you want. There are no side effects, no long waits, and little need to concern yourself about contraindications. However, hair transplants don’t come cheap and are not for everyone.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss: Does it Work?

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss: Does it Work?

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

It’s a question we have received many times and one that many people seek the answer to: Can you use saw palmetto for hair loss? Is it a myth or is this supplement actually beneficial to help you retain those luscious locks?

What is Saw Palmetto

To understand whether you can effectively use saw palmetto for hair loss we first have to understand just what saw palmetto is. It is a substance that some of you will have heard of, a substance that some of you may have even used. But it’s typically not included in common multi-vitamins and is considered to be somewhat of a specialist extract.

Put simply, saw palmetto is a fruit-bearing plant. And it is from this fruit that we get the saw palmetto extract. This extract is perhaps more commonly used to treat prostate problems, including infections. It has also gained a following in the bodybuilding community, with supplement and steroid users taking it to support their prostate while using other substances.

Saw palmetto can also be used for colds, coughs and other common ailments. There is also suggestions that it can be used as a muscle relaxant. Although its effectiveness in such cases is not as widely studied. What we do know for sure is that saw palmetto seems to have a positive effect on people with prostate problems. Studies suggest that it works by shrinking the inner lining of the prostate. This is what puts pressure on the bladder and the tubes that lead from the bladder, which is why saw palmetto can help to make life easier and more comfortable for men with such problems.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

Saw Palmetto Baldness

Of course, we’re not here to ease your nightly trips to the toilet. We’re here to discuss baldness and the role that saw palmetto can play in curing it. As discussed below, very few studies have actually been conducted on saw palmetto for hair loss. But those studies have been promising, as have the effects.

Saw palmetto has been proven to be very effective at stopping hair loss in those suffering from alopecia, male pattern baldness and similar concerns. The effects seem to be more positive in men suffering from thinning hair and receding hairlines, but this may simply be because men are typically the target group for saw palmetto studies.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss Research

It’s not entirely clear how saw palmetto works, but it seems to work by blocking the production of DHT. It does this by limiting the production of 5-alpha-reductase, which is converted to DHT. We know that an increase in DHT correlates to an increased loss of hair. This is essentially the same way that saw palmetto works on the prostate, as DHT can enlarge the prostate.

Many of the saw palmetto for hair loss studies seem to be a byproduct of studies done on saw palmetto’s effect on the prostate. However, a number of studies have been conducted focusing purely on saw palmetto benefits in those suffering from hair loss. All of these studies have reported some positive benefits, and some of them have reported drastic improvements in hair growth in as many as half of the participants.

Of course, these studies target different demographics, they focus on people with different genetics and needs, and they use different doses. Saw palmetto for hair loss studies have also been relatively small to date, with some using just 10 or fewer participants.

Until those numbers increase and until we get some uniformity, it’s unlikely that we’ll know for certain whether saw palmetto is effective for hair loss. However, this is a relatively safe supplement, so if you’re struggling with hair loss and want to build an effective hair loss vitamin to take everyday, then there’s no reason why you can’t include saw palmetto.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Growth

Saw Palmetto Hair Growth

If the theory on DHT is true, and if saw palmetto works for hair loss by keeping this hormone to a minimum, then it is unlikely to have any sort of effect on hair growth. No major studies have been conducted on saw palmetto and its effects on hair growth. However, based on what we know about this supplement, as well as the studies that have been done on saw palmetto in hair loss, we can assume that it has no positive effect on hair growth.

Saw palmetto’s benefits have actually been compared to the medication Finasteride, which can be used to promote hair growth and to limit hair loss. Studies suggest that saw palmetto probably isn’t as effective, but it may come with fewer unpleasant side effects. Finesteride, like saw palmetto, can also help with prostate problems and works in a similar way.

Just make sure that you don’t take these two medications together and that you avoid taking any other OTC medications alongside saw palmetto without consulting your doctor first.

Where to Find Saw Palmetto

You can buy saw palmetto as dried berries and extracts. The extracts provide more potency and should be able to give you the dose you need without having to consume too many dried berries. The extracts will also give you greater control over your dosage.

The easiest way to consume saw palmetto is just to take it as a tablet, preferably with food. It should be consumed twice a day, and you should consult with your doctor before getting started. There are very few side effects to saw palmetto. However, everyone responds differently and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This is especially true if you are pregnant or if you have any prior medical conditions. Some of the side effects of saw palmetto include a thinning of the blood much like aspirin. This may cause complications during surgery and means it should also be avoided for anyone with problems of the blood or the heart.

Although rare, one of the other side effects of saw palmetto is stomach pain, headache and other general discomfort. These are generally well tolerated by users and they typically only present during the early stages. However, if you do experience any side effects, regardless of how minor they are, you should consult your doctor to make sure everything is in order.