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Natural DHT Blockers: Saw Palmetto and Hair Loss

Updated on December 31, 2019
DHT Molecule
DHT Molecule

Effects of DHT - BHP and Hair Loss

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a biologically active metabolite of testosterone. It is formed primarily in the prostate gland, testes, hair follicles, and adrenal glands. Scientific research has discovered that DHT is the primary contributing factor in male-pattern baldness. DHT also plays a role in the development or exacerbation of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.

Recent medical research in the area of prostate health has involved the development of drugs and supplements, which will block or at least inhibit the production of DHT. There are a number of drugs on the market that act as DHT blockers, including finasteride (sold under the names Proscar for BPH and Propecia for androgenic alopecia) and dutasteride (sold under the name Avodart). There is also a natural DHT blocker Saw Palmetto, which has shown promise in the treatment of BHP and hair loss.

Medical History of Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens. It is grown in the Southern region of the United States and was first reportedly used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans. For years homeopathic physicians have been prescribing Saw Palmetto extract for male patients experiencing prostate enlargement, and there is a well documented history of it providing relief for patients afflicted with BHP.

Saw Palmetto in the Wild

Saw Palmetto and Hair Loss Improvement

An interesting side effect of Saw Palmetto has also been noted. Some male patients report that they have experienced noticeable and permanent regrowth of scalp hair or a solid reduction in the rate of hair loss while taking Saw Palmetto for prostate problems. This has led to recent research, which seems to conclude that inhibiting or blocking DHT production affects the entire body not just the prostate. It is believed that Saw Palmetto may block the enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) from converting the hormone testosterone into DHT. In the scalp area, the reduction of DHT seems to allow hair follicles to re-open and engage in new hair growth. Evidence also shows that DHT reduction may also maintain the health of productive follicles.

Saw Palmetto Hair Loss Treatments

For men suffering from male pattern baldness it appears the Saw Palmetto's natural DHT blocking ability may lead to a stoppage of hair loss and in some cases hair regrowth. Saw Palmetto is widely available in both crushed berry and extract form and is a major ingredient in natural hair loss treatments such as Provillus and Procerin. For use as a DHT blocker the recommended dosage of Saw is 300-600 milligrams daily mixed.


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      6 years ago

      Hi there,

      This is the best solution and blog i have ever seen for preventing hair 28 and i almost lost most of my frontal depressed, but sure i have to try this saw palmetto..can anyone say wheather i can find it in india?

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      6 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Vespawoolf, thanks and as far as I know there are some known adverse reactions associated with females consuming saw palmetto. Though I could elaborate in more detail I will, however, refrain as I am not a medical doctor. That said I recommend you visit WebMD, which contains specific answers to your question. Thanks for commenting. :)

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is interesting information. I wonder about the health benefits for women?

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      6 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Rembie, thanks for checking back. Personally I am not suffering from hair loss so naturally I am not taking saw palmetto. However, I have a friend who, like you (see your previous posting) uses saw palmetto to combat hair loss and has experienced positive results as well. What is your current progress?

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      Sanyam Sindhi 

      6 years ago

      @rembie - please tell me your current progress.

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      7 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      @Shannon glad you found it interesting. Did your brother try saw palmetto yet?

      @kupu Sorry to hear that. Hair loss is definitely frustrating. Have you seen any improvement yet? As I mentioned there are a number of benefits beside the potential hair loss aspect. You may want to continue taking it even if you don't see the hair growth benefits.

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      7 years ago

      Have been eating saw palmetto for over 4 wks and also applying the capsule extract with no results in fact there is an increase in hair loss.

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      Shannon Paigah 

      8 years ago from Irvine, CA

      My brother will find your hub of interest. He's tried several products, all of which are pricey and haven't helped at all. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      That’s terrific, Rembie! Thanks for sharing your positive experience and the recipe that you used. Saw Palmetto is truly amazing. Love to hear more a few weeks down the road. Please stay in touch.

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      8 years ago

      Saw Palmetto Totally Works For Hair Loss , Got Great Results, only 3 -4 wks into regime and already stubble right across the top of my head under my existing hair , my goodness i couldn't believe it, absolutaly awsome,very happy

      (Got My Ingredients from a very well known health store)

      applied TOPICALLY ONTO SCALP 4 to 5 times a week and leave on scalp for 3 to 6 hrs the mixture is -

      -pumpkin oil - tablespoon

      saw palmetto complex capsules - 4, opened up into the pumpkin oil

      and stinging nettle caps -1 ,opened up into the pumpkin oil, (MIX ALL TOGETHER VERY WELL)

      apply directly on thinning areas mix well

      ( suppose you could add other things, but that's the way it works for me , don't want to rock the boat,

      (i don't take saw palmetto orally)

      also taking orally flax seed caps 1 daily

      pumpkin seed caps 1 daily

      omega 3-6-9s fish oil caps 1 daily

      vitamin b - 1 daily

      plus 3 to 4 times a week orally , flax seeds ), pumpkin seeds ) , sunflower seeds, ) table spoon of each, ground up in coffee grinder mixed with wheatabix or what ever suits you,...

      ime totally over the moon with results , the hardest thing is to get new hair growing once that happens you know it is working and this formula that i am using is defo working just try it, it works ,

      all these people on net who say they have had little or no results is because you have to really stick at it , ive only been doing it a month but the results speak for them selves my hair is thicker - no more hair loss - and real hair regrowth,

      will be updating this post monthly with monthly photographs,

      ps if your on meication of doctor check with doctor before taking anything .

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      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      You're welcome and thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago

      Great hub. Interesting information on this herb. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Thanks, I will have to a copy of that book! Appreciate the post and sharing. Take care.

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      Steve Webb 

      9 years ago from Great Wakering, England

      A very enjoyable & practical read!In my own research for my article & hair loss in general, I noticed the similarities with the prostate & hair loss. In Dr James Duke's book "The Green Pharmacy" he says that saw palmetto would be his top choice for dealing with both problems. Thanks for posting!

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      Clara Ghomes 

      12 years ago

      Nice hub! Thanks for sharing this information:)

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      12 years ago

      A half of the men's dose of saw palmetto works well to stop the hair loss associated with PCOS in women.

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      13 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Thanks Kim and singpecc476 for the nice comments. I'm just starting out on Hubpages so I hope people enjoy what I post.

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      13 years ago from Not Too Far Away

      Interesting and informative hub, I can honestly say I have learned something new

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      Kim Hendrix 

      13 years ago

      Interesting, I think I might get my boyfriend one of those products. He's starting to lose his hair and now that he's 41 I'm a little concerned that he won't get a prostate check.


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