What is Saw Palmetto?
Saw palmetto is one of the main ingredients in natural supplements for hair loss. A saw palmetto is a palm-like plant that has been recognized to provide many beneficial effects. Stopping hair loss is just one of the main reasons why saw palmetto is such a popular ingredient in almost all natural hair loss products.
Saw palmetto itself is a plant with long, saw tooth-shaped leaves. It can grow from as small as a shrub to as large as 10 feet high under ideal climate conditions. Native Americans have used the berries that grow on the plant for hundreds of year as food and in medicines. The plant can be identified by the white flowers and yellow berries that turn black when they are ripe. It was discovered in the 20th century that these berries also worked to treat urinary tract infections, increase sperm count, and boost sexual libido.
The saw palmetto contains plant-based chemicals that have been shown to affect the amount of testosterone in men and also to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Active ingredients in saw palmetto are necessary fatty acids, plant sterols, and sugars. You can find it in pills like Nutrafol or even as dried berries, liquid, and powdered capsules.
How does saw palmetto help my hair?
Over the past few years, saw palmetto has gained an enormous amount of recognition as an effective and natural way of treating hair loss. It has similar traits and works in a very similar fashion to pharmaceutical drugs like finasteride. Like those drugs, saw palmetto blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone that causes hair loss in androgenic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness). An added benefit of using saw palmetto for most patients is that the slight risk of side effects from using the pharmaceutical comparable does not exist. So patients are able to get similar results without the risk of any adverse effects.
If you are looking for a great all-natural supplement that contains saw palmetto, we recommend Nutrafol. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic.