Hair loss treatments often yield mixed results because the mechanisms that contribute to hair loss are complex. The intermingling of genetic and lifestyle factors drive hair loss and intercepting this process is fiendishly difficult. However, researchers have identified a number natural solutions that target DHT – the hormone behind hair loss.
One of the most promising to date is pumpkin seed oil, which has been shown to promote hair growth without adverse side effects.
Researchers attribute pumpkin seed oil’s ability to stimulate hair growth to its ability to inhibit DHT production from testosterone by blocking the alpha-5 reductase enzyme.
However, the supplement used for the study that prompted this conclusion, contained other active ingredients that may have contributed to the results
In a 24-week study in 76 men with male pattern hair loss, those taking a 400-mg pumpkin seed oil supplement daily had significantly more hair growth than those receiving a placebo.
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Widely recognised treatments for hair loss
There are other things you can try if your hair loss is causing you distress.
But most treatments aren’t available on the NHS, so you’ll have to pay for them.
According to the NHS, finasteride and minoxidil are the main treatments for male pattern baldness.
Male pattern baldness is a permanent type of hair loss that usually runs in the family.
Losing hair can be upsetting – for many people, hair is an important part of who they are.
“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” advises the NHS.
You may also benefit from joining a support group, or speaking to other people in the same situation on online forums.
Try these online support groups:
- Alopecia UK
- Alopecia Awareness.