Hair loss is common in both men and women. Men typically experience an M-shaped pattern of thinning hair, known as male-pattern baldness. Thinning usually occurs all over the scalp in women, and rarely results in complete baldness. Androgenetic alopecia can occur both in men and women, and it’s related to the hormone testosterone. A conversion of testosterone into an incorrect form of testosterone called DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, resulting in hair loss. Seeing that men have more testosterone than women, balding tends to be more common in men.
Saw palmetto is a plant with small berries may be used to treat hair loss, bladder infections, prostate enlargement and decreased sexual drive in men.
An extract of saw palmetto berries blocks 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is the molecule responsible for hair loss, and also is involved in the enlargement of the prostate.
Biotin is part of the complex B vitamins. Along with helping the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates, biotin has been linked to improved hair health and maintaining proper function of the nervous system. Though it’s uncommon to have a deficiency in biotin, chronic smokers, alcoholics, prenant women, those with Crohn’s and/or liver disease are most likely to have a deficiency. Symptoms include dry eyes, cracking on the sides of the mouth, scaly skin, depression and hair loss.
Main uses of Biotin:
1. Strengthen hair and nails
Deficiency will cause hair loss. Similarly, the vitamin also helps thicken nail cuticles and prevents breakage.
2. Improve the health of your skin
A biotin deficiency can lead to a variety of skin problems including rashes, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and overall itchiness. B vitamins play a key role in the function of the nervous system and do affect hormone function, which suggests why depleting biotin levels can in turn play a significant role in skin health. If skin isn’t nourished from the inside out, toxicities will form throughout the nervous system and manifest itself on the skin’s surface. This is one of the biggest signs that suggest a deficiency in biotin or vitamin B.