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Saw Palmetto. What the Heck is That?!

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

Saw Palmetto. What the Heck is That?!  And more importantly, will it stop my hair loss?  It’s a plant – or more accurately, a plant extract.  Most commonly, it is used to treat an enlarged prostate, although the claims as to its medical efficacy are questionable, to say the least.  Claims as to efficacy on hair loss are limited.

Saw Palmetto

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Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss? We’re not 100% Convinced.

Saw Palmetto

Recently, Saw Palmetto has been touted as a possible treatment for hair loss because of its ability to inhibit the production of a substance called dihydrotestosterone in a man’s body.  Dihydrotestosterone (more commonly called DHT) is a form of testosterone which is generally associated with hair loss.  The chemical is more prevalent in males, simply because men generally have more testes (two more, usually) than women, so more testosterone, so more DHT.

We do not consider Saw Palmetto as a replacement for Minoxidil.  Nor do we consider it a viable hair restoration treatment.

HealthLine.com say, “Research on whether saw palmetto works to treat hair loss is limited but promising. An extract of saw palmetto berries may 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.”

Notice the word “may” in the second sentence.  “May”, not “will”.

Supplement your Minoxidil Hair Regrowth

Here at MinoxidilUK.com, we’re all for any treatment that actually works to reverse hair loss and regrow hair.  At present, Minoxidil is the only one we’re confident to approve.  We do talk about other supplements in our blog, about complementing your Minoxidil regime with supplements which have shown, at least some, evidence in supporting hair regrowth.

Saw Palmetto is just one of them.  Other supplements apparent hair benefits include Biotin, Vitamins A and C, Zinc and Selenium, amongst many others.

If it’s cheap and easy, we would always recommend any which complements your Minoxidil regime.  As well as supplements, there are a number of shampoos – especially Biotin shampoos – which all claim to slow down, or halt hair loss.  You need to thoroughly wash your hair to get the best results from Minoxidil, so why not use  Biotin shampoo to do it?

Buy Minoxidil in the UK

MinoxidilUK.com is a leading supplier of Kirkland Minoxidil in the United Kingdom.  We only stock the freshest Minoxidil (this is important – if you’re considering buying from eBay, make sure the Minoxidil you are buying is not old, as it does have a ‘use by’ date) ready for next day delivery to anywhere in the mainland United Kingdom.

Our prices are very competitive and our service is exemplary.

More about Minoxidil

Minoxidil Hair Loss Treatment

According to Wikipedia, “Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication and is used to treat hair loss. It is available as a generic medication and over the counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, a form of hair loss, in men and women.”

An “antihypertensive vasodilator”?  I can’t even pronounce it!

No, nor can we.  It’s a substance which lowers your blood pressure and increases the size of your blood vessels.  This was the original intention for the Minoxidil compound – to help lower blood pressure, until it was discovered through trials, that the drug increased hair growth in some men.  Significantly!  Further development has now refined the product and in the mid 90s, Minoxidil was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the USA.  A little later, by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) in the United Kingdom.

Effectiveness of Minoxidil

If you have yet to try Minoxidil for your hair loss, the most important question is probably, “Does it work?”

In short, yes!  Minoxidil has been proven – medically proven and approved – to be effective in slowing hair loss and encouraging significant hair regrowth in cases of Male Pattern Baldness.

Approved by FDA in the United States and by the MHRA, here in the UK, Minoxidil is an ‘over-the-counter’ treatment for Male Pattern Baldness.  You may have heard of the FDA (the “Food and Drug Administration”) in the United States. The MHRA is the UK Government’s closest equivalent, the “Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency”.  Minoxidil is also recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. As far as we’re aware, there isn’t a UK equivalent.

Timescale – For How Long Should I Use Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is not a ‘one-time’ cure.  That’s important.

According to most scientific studies (this is a decent one!), the hair restoring properties of Minoxidil are due to its effect of widening the blood vessels around each hair follicle, although this has still to be 100% confirmed.  As a ‘topical’ (‘applied directly to a part of the body’) solution, the effects are seen only in the areas where the treatment is applied.

If you stop using Minoxidil, your hair loss will return.

Four Months, or Sixteen Weeks

Most trials report the most visible improvements at the sixteen week stage.  By this time, the Minoxidil has had time to properly ‘reinvigorate’ the follicles and much great hair growth is seen to be taking place.  Some people will see some improvement before this time, as the follicles react to the Minoxidil and further hair loss will be greatly lessened.