In this video, I’m going to explain spearmint’s role in the treatment of hair loss. This will include a look at the most recent research on the subject, as well as ways you can add it into your hair care routine.
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While spearmint is a delicious addition to foods and beverages, new research has shown it’s also a powerful anti-androgen. For men with Male-Pattern Baldness (MPB), this may prove to be a new and effective natural hair loss treatment.
Can Spearmint Tea Be Used to Treat Hair Loss?
While research on the subject is still new, there are indications that the use of a spearmint supplement can treat hair loss caused by Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).
How Does It Work?
The link between spearmint and hair loss was actually made when spearmint showed to be an effective treatment for excessive hair growth in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) patients.
PCOS is a condition in women that leads to elevated androgen levels – namely, free testosterone. As a result, those affected suffer from cosmetic and psychological effects.
When spearmint was taken as a supplement, however, free testosterone levels were significantly decreased.
But, what exactly does this have to do with hair loss?
In men suffering from AGA, the cause is believed to be a sensitivity to the androgen hormone DHT. This hormone is produced from the interaction between free testosterone and 5-alpha-reductase (an enzyme).
If spearmint tea can reduce free testosterone levels, there would be less DHT produced.
Is There Scientific Evidence?
At this time, the scientific evidence surrounding the use of spearmint as an anti-androgen is in regards to its effect on women.
However, anti-androgens in the treatment of AGA has been repeatedly proven over the years.
There are a variety of treatments – natural and not – that are effective at treating hair loss because of their anti-androgen activities. These include ketoconazole, RU58841, finasteride, rosemary oil, and stinging nettle.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
The risk of side effects are fairly minimal, both when taken orally or applied to the scalp.
As a safety precaution, it’s best to test spearmint oil on your wrist before applying to the scalp. It ispossible to suffer from an allergic skin reaction from certain components within spearmint, such as carvone.
In women or who are pregnant or nursing, it’s important to speak with your physician before supplementation. Internal supplementation may cause harm to the fetus, and whether it transfer through breast milk is still unknown.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease