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Saw Palmetto, A Natural Way to Fight Hair Loss

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Learn about the natural benefits that this plant can provide to help with hair loss


Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto Berries

If you've been reading about natural hair loss solutions, you've probably come across saw palmetto. Saw palmetto extracts are derived from the berries of a North American shrub known as Serenoa repens or Sabal serrulata, and are supposed to aid in the slowing or reduction of androgenic alopecia, a kind of inherited hair loss (a common form of hair loss also known as male- or female-pattern baldness)

Saw palmetto has been used to treat a variety of ailments for ages, having been identified and sought after by Native Americans of the Seminole tribe.

How Does It Help With Hair Loss

Saw palmetto is a botanical extract that has been shown to inhibit the action of androgen hormones. It primarily affects the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for converting testosterone into DHT, the hormone that causes male and female pattern hair loss. It is well known that high levels of this hormone are associated with hair thinning, so blocking it may theoretically improve hair growth.

What Are Some Benefits to Using Saw Palmetto in Your Hair Care Routine?

  • Reduces Hair Loss by Preventing the Conversion of Testosterone to DHT and the Binding of DHT in the Body: Researchers believe that saw palmetto may reduce hair loss by preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT and the binding of DHT in the body.

  • Strengthens the Hair Follicle: The majority of research on saw palmetto has focused on its ability to treat hair at its source. However, there may be additional advantages for the hair follicles.

  • Fights Inflammation: The botanical extract has anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the scalp. Many scalp-related and hair-growth issues are caused by inflammation. Saw palmetto, by reducing inflammation, is thought to improve the overall health of the scalp.

  • Prevents Hair Loss: Saw palmetto may prevent hair loss by potentially preventing the body from converting testosterone into DHT.

Are you looking to add saw palmetto into your hair care routine? Well, it’s one of the primary ingredients in the all-natural hair oil, Orisha Drip.

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Follow Your Orí is a blog space dedicated to providing knowledge about natural hair growth, holistic health, mental and physical wellbeing, and other things that can help you live a better life. Orí, which translates to "head" in Yoruba, alludes to one's spiritual intuition and destiny. It is the reflected spark of human awareness buried inside our human essence, and as such, it is frequently personified as an Orisha, or deity in its own right. The Yoruba religion believes that through working with the Orishas to establish a balanced character or iwa-pele, one may cure themselves both spiritually and physically. When one's character is balanced, one achieves alignment with one's Orí or divine self.

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