Have you had a cup of green tea? If you're similar to most people on earth, your response is absolutely. Next question, have you turned to green tea to enhance your health? If you said no, think about this: researchers continue to find several reasons why green tea should be a tool for boosting health and not just satisfying the pallete. If you've been around a television or radio over the past decade, you've probably heard about the anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties found in green tea. Well, a team of Korean scientists have found a novel medicinal application for green tea - baldness prevention. Yes, according Dr. Kwon of the Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, green tea prevents thinning hair. For men and women who do not want to use drugs like minoxidil, finasteride or dutasteride to fight balding, green tea may be the answer they have been looking to find.
In 2006, the researchers set out to test a hypothesis - might the anti-oxidants in green tea stop balding by fighting androgens in the head. Androgens are the hormones that cause most types of hair loss . The research team in the Labaratory of Cutaneous Aging and Hair Research lead by Dr. Kwon found participants to provide hair follicles. The study team selected hair follicles that were in the anagen phase or growth period and they incubated the hair follicles in well dishes. The study team discovered was encouraging. Hair follicles in contact with green tea, specifically epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a natural ingredient in green tea, displayed a greater ability to sustain growth and resist hair follicle shrinking.
To understand why these findings are so remarkable consider the following: (1) A limited number of studies have been executed by researchers, objectively testing natural elements, like green tea, may prevent hair loss. (2) Investigations that have taken place, often have biased methods, which makes the validity of the conclusions weak. (3) Additional natural options in the battle to prevent thinning hair, and re-grow a woman or man's own hair are needed.
How Can I use Green Tea to Prevent My Hair Loss?
The answer is yes and no. Yes, the researchers found that green tea displays the capacity to encourage hair re-growth in hair follicles through a two-step process of hair growth and reduction of hair follicle apoptosis (death). The researchers did not brew a cup of tea and pour it on the head of the participants. Instead, the researchers identified the epigallocatechin-3-gallate in the green tea and combined this formula with ethanol. This mixture was then administered to the heads of the study participants.
Ethanol acts as a vehicle, which helps with absorption. This means the medicinal value of green tea is more readily observed by applying the green tea to the head within a mixture of ethanol. This doesn't indicate that you cannot apply green tea on your head. It just suggests your results may not be consistent with the remarkable results of the research - unless you know how to develop an identical formula. Unless you are a chemist or good at mixing ingredients, the best solution is to find all natural hair loss products that include green tea.