Advecia is an ‘all natural’ food supplement, intended to block DHT production and increase hair growth. DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is formed from the testosterone in your body and has an effect on Male Pattern Baldness (Alopecia). DHT is a male steroid hormone and is the primary direct cause of Male Pattern Baldness.
Advecia – Does it Work?
There’s plenty of anecdotal (based on personal accounts rather than facts or research) evidence to show the natural ingredients in Advecia helps stop hair loss and regrow healthy hair – but there are also lots of reviews from those who see no difference. Google it, you’ll see all the arguments. Here’s a nice article from HairGrowthSOS.
The manufacturer, Progressive Health Nutraceuticals Inc., claims “…it can decrease DHT production and increase nitric oxide production in the body.” ‘Can’ is fairly important in that sentence. Not ‘will’, but ‘can’.
Amongst other things, Advecia contains Saw Palmetto, Grape Seed and Green Tea, as well as amino acids L-arginine and L-lysine. We all now about Saw Palmetto and the ‘L-‘ amino acids – all seem to have some genuine benefit in encouraging healthy hair – but none will actually stop hair loss and begin new hair growth.
Advecia – and its numerous alternatives – do seem to help with regaining hair and stopping, or at least slowing, hair loss, but these products should be taken as ‘ad-ons’ to a serious hair loss regime. They certainly won’t hurt you – that’s good – and if you are using Minoxidil for your hair loss treatment, these supplements will only help.
However, on their own, these food supplements will not regrow your hair.
- L-Arginine: Studies have shown that L-Arginine opens blood vessels and makes for better blood flow to the hair follicles.
- L-Lysine: L-Lysine causes your body to make collagen which, along with keratin, are the building blocks of your hairs.
- Green Tea Extract: Albeit in rodents, various studies have shown that Green Tea Extract encourages healthier hair growth.
- Grape Seed Extract: Some research in to Grape Seed concluded that, “[it] quickened the transition of the resting phase to the growing in the hair growth cycle”. Now that might be pretty good for the shedding phase of using Minoxidil.
- Phytosterol Complex: Phytosterols work in the body by mimicking chrolesterol and preventing the depletion of epidermal keratinocyte membranes, which means that they basically reduce damage from aging processes on the hair and skin.
- Saw Palmetto Extract: Saw palmetto berry extract has been shown to block 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is the molecule responsible for hair loss and also is involved in the enlargement of the prostate.
Conclusion. It It Worth It?
On its own, no. While all the ingredients in Advecia are freely available from most high street health shops, the combination in Advecia is certainly a decent one. But it will not regrow your hair, like Minoxidil will. What it will do is boost the effect of Minox. If you’re serious about regrowing your hair, we would recommend every tool at your disposal! Supplement your Minoxidil treatment with Biotin shampoos and hair loss food supplements.
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