May 18th, 2017 Written by a Staff Member of Hair Loss in Women
If you prefer natural remedies over drugs, there are some botanicals that show promise in their ability to stop hair loss, and/or regrow hair. Botanicals for hair growth and loss prevention include Procyanidin B-2 (from unripe green apples), raspberry ketone, and green tea extract. There’s not a lot of research to support these as proven hair regrowth options, but the initial research that’s is promising.
Procyanidin B-2 is a compound in the skins of unripe green apples. Researchers in Japan at the Tsukuba Research Laboratories conducted three clinical studies. The studies show that procyanidin B-2 lengthens the hair growth cycle (anagen) and shortens the rest cycle (telogen). The study involved topical application to balding men for 6 months and comparing the results to men that didn’t use the solution.
In the first study, researchers found that both the vellus and terminal hair growth increased significantly in those who received the procyanidin B-2 1% treatment. In the second study, 71% of the users had in increase in number of hairs, and in the third study, 79%. They also found that subjects who took it in pill form had faster hair growth, stronger fingernails, and softer and smother skin.
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Raspberry Ketone (RK)
Raspberry ketone have had a huge surge in interest for weight loss due to a mention on the Dr. Oz television show during the segment called “Raspberry ketone: Miracle fat-burner in a bottle” in February 2012. It’s effectiveness for weight loss is arguable, as there isn’t a lot of research to back that up. But one of the other benefits that has some clinical studies to back it up is its ability to regrow hair (as well as to combat signs of aging).
A study in Japan at the Department of Translational Medical Science Research, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences showed that topical application of RK enhances hair growth by increasing dermal insulin-like growth factor-1 in mice. Dermal insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) are proteins that are similar to insulin in the skin. When used on humans, the raspberry ketone extract regrew hair in 50% of the test subjects with alopecia after 5 months, as well as increased their skin elasticity in their cheeks (which shows promise for RK as an anti-aging agent). This study, published in Growth Hormone & IGF Research, is a good start, but more research is needed.
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Green Tea Extract
Green tea has potential in the fight against hair loss. In 2007 a study was conducted by Korean scientists at the Seoul National University College of Medicine that found that epigallocatechin-3-gallat, or EGCG, promoted growth of hair follicles and stimulated the human dermal papilla cells, which increases hair growth. Green tea also contains panthenol, which is a common ingredient in shampoos and conditioners. Use green tea extract to strengthen hair and reduce split ends. One of the most well-known benefits of green tea is that it’s high in antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent damage to hair producing cells from free radicals. Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory, which may prevent hair loss.
There was a study that was conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science on mice that found that green tea might regrow hair. One group of mice was given polyphenol extract from dehydrated green tea in their drinking water for six months. 33% of that group experienced significant hair growth in the six month period.
How To Use Botanicals
There aren’t a lot of clinical studies on Procyanidin B-2, raspberry ketone, or green tea, in regards to hair loss. With that in mind, these shouldn’t be the foundation of your hair loss regimen. However, botanicals for hair growth can be additions to your core program. And because they have other positive benefits outside of possible hair regrowth, they can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Have you used any botanicals for hair growth? Please comment below.