I have been asked over the past 20+ years if there is any dietary supplement that can be taken to treat Genetic hair loss. I have always said the answer to this question is NO. Now a recent article in the Journal of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology published a pilot study suggesting that maybe there are things we can eat that will address our balding problem. The study is very limited so drawing conclusions is not warranted at this time; however for those of you who want to give it a go, here is the recommended dietary study.
On doctor in our field gave the following caution: ‘The article states nutritional supplement contains botanical 5a- reductase inhibitors which they may need to disclose, perhaps active ingredients that would be classed as a “drug” versus nutritional supplements? Also green tea has been associated with altered iron absorption, hence anemia, which can give an effluvium, so the ingredients need to be scrutinized more and stated specifically as they are generalizing the ingredients, which is of concern’.
It is also important to note that the authors have an ownership interest in the company (i.e. the product) so the author has to be a bit prejudiced in this report. Click to enlarge!