Can Saw Palmetto help to prevent hair loss?

Saw Palmetto is a remedy used to prevent and treat hair loss. Saw Palmetto is a supplement prepared from small berries of the Serenoa repens tree. Native Americans have used this fruit as medicine for hair loss, prostate health and decreased libido. You can also refer other sources for more information regarding various benefits of Saw Palmetto.

Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women. Saw Palmetto is a safe and inexpensive herbal remedy to prevent hair loss. It can be used to prevent pattern baldness in both men and women. Saw Palmetto can be consumed in the form of dried berries, powder, liquid extract and tablets. There is limited research on the effectiveness of Saw Palmetto as a hair treatment. But many studies have shown positive results. In one study, the hair count of half the participants increased by 11.9% after using Saw Palmetto for four months.

Hair loss is caused when testosterone converts into a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) molecule. High levels of DHT can reduce the growth cycle of hair and cause thinner hair strands. Saw Palmetto blocks the enzyme responsible for conversion of testosterone into DHT and so it prevents hair loss. It’s better to consult a doctor to determine a healthy dosage of Saw Palmetto. Generally the dosage ranges between 200-320 milligrams daily.

Although consuming Saw Palmetto is considered safe but there are few side effects associated with it. Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children should avoid intake of Saw Palmetto. In rare cases, it may also cause mild headaches and stomach pain. Excessive use of Saw Palmetto can thin the blood and cause complications during surgeries, so it should not be taken with other blood thinning medicines like aspirin. 

Always inform your doctor if you are consuming Saw Palmetto because it may react with other medicine. Unregulated use of saw palmetto can cause some health complications. In some cases Saw Palmetto can cause damage to the liver and pancreas. So only a regulated dose of Saw Palmetto should be taken, as prescribed by an expert.