Natural Remedies for Hair Regrowth – According to Science This is What Really Works

Male hair is fraught with mythology and misconception. So when it comes to hair regrowth, what is true and what is fiction? Nutrafol took a closer look at some natural remedies for your hair and would like to let you in on what really works, based on science.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

A study was conducted on the effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair loss in men. Patients received 400mg of pumpkin seed oil for 24 weeks. “Hair count increases of 40 percent were observed in treated men at 24 weeks, whereas increases of 10 percent were observed in placebo-treated men,” the study stated. The researcher came to the conclusion that pumpkin seed oil reduces levels of 5-alpha reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of androgenetic alopecia.

Saw Palmetto

On the subject of DHT, herbal extract saw palmetto has been shown to reduce levels by around 38 percent. And a recent study published in 2017 compared the effects of saw palmetto and finasteride (more well known under the name of Propecia). It showed that saw palmetto had a positive impact on hair growth as it contains components that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles.

A Diet Low in Fast Digesting Carbs and Low in Sugar

Fast digesting carbs lead to an increase in blood sugar. This causes your body to release insulin. If you have a high level of insulin, you would most likely have low levels of globulin. Globulin, or SHBG is what binds to DHT and renders it ineffective. So basically, sugar equals more insulin equals less SHBG equals more DHT equals more hair loss.

Biotin

Biotin is crucial for the formation of keratin which is the key component of hair and nails. Deficiency is rare but if you have a deficiency it is important to up your biotin intake. It has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, which may have a positive effect on hair loss.

Scalp massage

In this small trial, standardized scalp massages were administered 4 minutes a day for 24 weeks. Researchers observed an increase in hair thickness as well as an increase in the expression of hair cycle related genes. They also saw a decrease in a gene associated with hair loss.

Scalp massage is great to prevent hair loss and increase hair thickness
Scalp massage is a natural remedy that increases hair thickness.

Derma Roller Microneedling

A derma roller may be one of the effective natural hair loss treatments – especially when it comes to hair regrowth. If you don’t know what it is, a derma roller basically looks like a small paint roller but with a surface full of little needles. You use it by rolling it over your skin, or areas of hair loss on your scalp.
This 2013 study demonstrated that derma roller microneedling is far more effective for hair regrowth than minoxidil alone. After 12 weeks, subjects treated with a derma roller saw dramatic regrowth. In addition, when you roll over the part where the skin is damaged, growth factors and stem cells rush to the site of the trauma. So this does not only repair the damage but can awaken dormant hair follicles.

A Plant Based Supplement Like Nutrafol

Nutrafol has identified plants with powerful therapeutic effects. It is known for using botanical ingredients that help address triggers like stress levels and free radicals that interrupt optimal hair growth. The supplement increases the production of signaling molecules thanks to the phytonutrients. In addition, these are the molecules that normally stimulate the follicles to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle.

If you are curious about using natural remedies for hair loss then maybe this will help you understand more about their effectiveness based on science. The trick is finding the right one that works for you and your hair.

Try this resveratrol boosting smoothie for healthy hair

In a previous post, Nutrafol mentioned the importance of taking resveratrol supplements, but there are also other ways to increase your intake. And those are….

…eating well

Supplements are a great resveratrol source but it does not mean that you need to limit yourself to only that. Ingesting resveratrol through your diet is a great way to complement those supplements.

Although you can take it as a supplement, it is also possible to make some dietary changes in order to increase the amount of resveratrol ingested through food. And the best part? The foods that contain this little miracle substance happen to be pretty yummy too.

Foods where resveratrol can be found

  • Peanut butter – although it does not contain much of it, peanut butter does have a small amount of resveratrol.
  • Dark chocolate – natural, dark chocolate has a small amount of the substance as well. The higher the cacao percentage, the better it is.
  • Blueberries – natures own little antioxidants, and a significant one. Not only are these little blue berries a good source of antioxidants, they are also a good source of resveratrol.
  • Red grapes – now, it is not the meat itself that carries the substance, it is the skin of red grapes. The substance carries over into wine as well, so none of it is lost.
  • Nuts – Walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios are all nuts that are a good source of resveratrol.

So now that you know which nutrients are going to help you increase your resveratrol level, how about blending them all together? So without further ado, this is how you do it.

resveratrol
Make a smoothie with all the nutrients containing resveratrol and your hair will thank you.

The Ultimate Resveratrol Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with all your favorite resveratrol foods. It is the quickest way to massively boost your levels of resveratrol in a healthy way. Although you might think it is easier to eat a dark chocolate and blueberry cookie, or drink a bottle of red wine to boost your levels, this could be harming your hair in other ways. Let’s stick with the smoothie to be on the safe side. So this is what you need for your smoothie:

  • One scoop of hemp protein
  • 1 large handful of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful of frozen or fresh red seedless grapes
  • 2 chunk of high cocoa content chocolate (70% or more)
  • 1 large handful of mixed nuts including cashew nuts
  • Almond milk (if available, if not use bottled water) to desired consistency
  • Bonus points if you have a splash of pumpkin seed oil

Drink the smoothie once a week for a month to top up your resveratrol levels and then have it whenever you feel like it. The pumpkin seed oil is added as an extra bonus because it has been shown to improve hair count.

Photo: Easy Healthy Smoothie via Flickr.