Stinging Nettle for Hair Loss
How does nettle leaf extract benefit the hair?
There are not many studies to accurately asses stinging nettle's effectiveness for treating hair loss, however, one study did show that taking this herbal extract could increase dermal papilla cell growth, which are part of the hair follicles, and regulate the normal function of hair growth.
Urtica dioica, often known as a common nettle, burn nettle, stinging nettle, or nettle leaf, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the Urticaceae family. Stinging nettle's main purpose is its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a good treatment for cuts, bruises, and recovery medicines. Stinging nettle has also shown to be a good treatment for some types of hair loss in men and women.
Does stinging nettle prevent hair loss?
Nettle, in general, is a safe and natural way to stop hair loss. It is packed with antioxidants like carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamin C, which protect the hair from damaging radicals, thus preventing excessive hair breakage and shedding.
Stinging nettles have actually been used for centuries to help treat hair loss. The richness in vitamins and minerals makes stinging nettle an excellent plant to help strengthen the hair, and accelerate hair growth. Stinging nettles can be used to counter hair loss, and reduce greasiness in hair.
Stinging nettle can aid in the prevention of hair loss by shrinking the enlarged prostate. Researchers have found that the stinging nettle contains constituents that can markedly inhibit 5a-reductase enzyme activity. This, in turn, stumps hair loss.
Does stinging nettle increase hair growth?
There are not a lot of studies on stinging nettle to accurately confirm what its effects are on hair growth, however, many male and female hair loss sufferers have experienced positive improvements in their hair from using/taking the herbal extract.
For most effective hair growth results, stinging nettle is best used as a topical treatment, like a shampoo, paste, serum, or cream. However, it's main purpose is to prevent hair from falling out.
For the prevention of hair loss, stinging nettle is more commonly used as nettle leaf extract, in a supplement (tablet or capsule). Nettle leaf extract is used in various multivitamin hair growth supplements, due to its effectiveness, and its compatibility with various other DHT blockers.
HR23+ contains nettle leaf extract for its main purpose of inhibiting 5a-reductase enzyme activity.