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Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss and Thin Hair

Seeing a lot of hair strands in your hairbrush is quite bothersome. Hair Loss

But did you know that we normally shed 50 to 100 strands a day as part of our normal hair cycle? Beyond 50 to 100, hormones, diet, change of lifestyle, and stress come into play.

One natural ingredient that can be used for hair loss and thinning is saw palmetto.

It is a botanical extract that comes from the fruit of the Serenoa repens tree.

Studies say that it prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible for shortening the hair cycle and is a major contributor to thin and short hair.

They also say that combination therapy of topical saw palmetto and oral supplementation of 100 to 320mg can improve overall hair quality by 60%.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss and Thin Hair

One study showed that it can increase hair count by 27% and hair thickness by 83.3%.

If you want to use it as a topical treatment, you can apply it twice a week on your scalp and if it is available in shampoo, you can use it daily.

As for oral capsules, 320 mg is the standard dose. But It is best to ask your primary physician about it before diving in.


It is not advised for those taking OCPs and who are pregnant or lactating.

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Dr. Elli Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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