Hair loss. We all fear it. Billions are spent each year attempting to stop or reverse it.
While more prevalent in men than women, hair loss is becoming a growing problem in woman as well. The number of middle aged women I am encountering with thinning hair is staggering.
While nutritional deficiencies are certainly a contributing factor to hair loss in both men and women along with thyroid issues, the exact cause and treatment of baldness has yet to be discovered. We know in men that excess DHT can lead to male pattern baldness and studies have shown that poor nutrition and deficiencies in certain nutrients like biotin, protein, zinc and iron can cause thinning.
Research has also shown that propolis promotes the growth of certain cells involved in hair growth, though no one had yet tested whether that in turn would result in new locks.
When researcher Ken Kobayashi and colleagues tested propolis on mice that had been shaved or waxed, the mice that received the treatment regrew their fur faster than those that didn’t. The scientists also noticed that after the topical application, the number of special cells involved in the process of growing hair increased.
Although they tried the material on mice that could grow fur, rather than balding mice, the researchers noted that hair loss conditions often result from abnormal inflammation. Propolis contains anti-inflammatory compounds, so they expect it could help treat balding conditions.
They add that further testing is needed to see whether the beehive material affects human hair follicles.
So what are you to do? Should you start rubbing propolis tincture all over your scalp daily to see if it is the magic elixir to stimulate your vertically challenged hair follicles back to life? It may be too early to say but here are my thoughts:
There are no propolis based shampoos currently on the market that I know of so if you're going to give propolis a try for hair loss, what I'd recommend is below. I've suggested some other nutritional strategies and tests you'll want to consider along with some proven supplements.
The study appears in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
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