Hair loss supplements

8 isn't enough

8 isn't enough

Jul 2, 2003
For you guys want to save your hair without using Finasteride.

Saw palmetto berry extract, or LSESr:
Finasteride is a selective inhibitor of the type two isoform of 5aReductase, whereas LSESr markedly inhibited both type one and type two isoforms of 5aReductase" (Type one 5aReductase predominates in tissue specific to the hair follicle morphology, whereas with type two there is evidence for the expression of both) Lehle et al., J. Steroid Biochem. Molec. Biol., vol 54, 273-279, 1995

LSESr was found to be a three fold more potent competitor of 5aReductase than finasteride when comparing the recommended therapeutic dose by the manufacturers for the treatment of BPH. (5mg per day vs. 320mg per day LSESr Note: Propecia = 1mg per day finasteride." (This suggests a fifteen-fold greater efficacy dose for dose in favor of LSESr) Delos et al., J. Steroid Biochem. Molec. Biol., vol. 48, pp 347-352, 1994

Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, aids in the utilization of protein, folic acid, Pantothenic acid, and Vitamin B-12, and has also been shown to promote healthy hair. A deficiency of biotin may lead to extreme exhaustion, drowsiness, muscle pain, loss of appetite, depression, loss of skin tone, and hair loss.

Essential Fatty Acids
GLA, ALA, Linoleic Acid and Palmitoleic Acid
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), Linoleic and Oleic Acid are essential fatty acids found in plant oils. These fatty acids have been individually proven to inhibit 5-Alpha Reductase. The essential fatty acids are among the most powerful inhibitors of 5-Alpha Reductase known today. They have been demonstrated to inhibit both Type 1 and type 2 isoforms of the enzyme 5AR. This is in marked contrast to finasteride, which has been shown efficacious only in the inhibition of type 2 5AR. Importantly for the purposes of considering value in combating pattern hair loss; the type 1 isoenzyme is present in high concentrations in the scalp, sebaceous glands, and the skin. It has also been shown that GLA, ALA and Oleic acid have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Procyanidin Oligomers
Procyanidin Oligomers (also known as Proanthocyanidin) are naturally derived ingredients that have shown to stimulate hair growth with a mechanism of action thought by some investigators to be similar to that of Minoxidil (Rogaine™). Recent studies have shown that Procyanidin Oligomers promote growth stimulation activity of hair epithelial cells in vitro and stimulate anagen induction in hair follicles in vivo.

Green Tea Extract
Two of the green tea polyphenols, epigallocatechin-3-gallate and epicatechin-3-gallate, have been found to be effective inhibitors of 5 alpha-reductase type I, reducing the synthesis of DHT, a potent form of testosterone implicated in causing prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Epigallocatechin gallate has also been found to be the most potent catechin in inducing apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells when tested on various cell lines. Together with lycopene and selenium, green tea should be considered as a special prostate-protective agent.

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Aug 16, 2003
Capsicum Lotion: Apply to the scalp, helps increase blood flow to the scalp area.

Saw Palmetto liguid extract: Apply to scalp, helps block DHT from hair roots.
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