Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article # 371. Green tea benefits of Hair loss and growth
You either love it or you hate but there’s always something about this uniquely flavoured tea that has people attempting to down at least a cup a day. With so many apparent health benefits permeating within this little pot it was only a matter of time before someone discovered the advantages could radiate through our scalps. The latest claim is that drinking several cups of green tea or taking it in capsule form on a daily basis will reduce the risk of hair lossbut is it true or are we sipping on something unsettlingly familiar to the inside of a dirty dishwasher for nothing?
It was originally believed that the catechins found in the green tea had 5-alpha-reductase inhibiting properties which means DHT (dihydrotestosterone – the substance that causes hair loss in men and women) could be repressed and hair loss could be avoided.* However, more recent studies suggest that it is the anti-inflammatory properties in green tea that are linked to hair growth, but the bottom line question remains – does green tea prevent hair loss?
In a study of mice stricken with hair loss, research showed that hair loss was halted in all mice which received green tea in their drinking water and even triggered new hair growth in some of the mice. As for the mice who were not invited to the tea party, their hair loss continued.
“There is abundant evidence that polyphenolic sub-stances are considered as anti-inflammatory and have stress inhibitory characteristics, and there is evidence that stress inhibits hair growth,” the study said.
It is true that stress contributes to hair loss, so have we finally found the great green answer to hair loss? Can a relaxing sip of tea keep the hair on our heads from falling out? Well, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves…
Interestingly, the same study discovered that green tea does not stop hair loss by blocking DHT, as previously thought and as we all know, there are genetic factors in hair loss and no amount of anti-inflammatory tea has yet proven it can work its magic that deep.
Take more antioxidant foods to prevent hair loss and add substitute green tea instead of coffee or other caffeine drinks.