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Get Rid of Hair Loss with Green Tea

Did you know that green tea may also be useful for hair loss prevention. Read on to find out more.
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Introduction

Green tea has become a popular item for those looking to shed pounds. More recently, green tea for hair loss has also become a popular new approach.

It may sound a bit farfetched that something as simple as green tea could have the potential to have a positive effect on both your waist and your hair loss.

What is Green Tea?

Green tea is obtained from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Although originated in China, green tea is now grown in different parts of the world. It is has been used both as a beverage and in folk medicine for thousands of years.

Green tea extract is obtained from the processed leaves of the plant.

It contains such compounds as polyphenols and flavonoids. Green tea has a higher percentage of flavonoids than foods and drinks such as vegetables, fruits and wines known to have rich stores of the phytochemical.

Flavonoids are responsible for some of the health benefits of green teas such as its antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties.

Other important compounds found in green tea extract are carotenoids (Vitamin A), tocopherols (Vitamin E), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Zinc, Selenium, Chromium and Manganese.

Except for the last two, the listed contents are known to prevent hair loss and encourage hair regrowth. Essentially, green tea is a super store of proven hair loss remedies.

The benefits of green tea extract extend beyond its use in the treatment of alopecia. In fact, green tea is one of the few herbs used extensively in alternative medicine that is also a common subject of scientific studies.

Therefore, the health benefits of green tea are already established. It is known to reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, caries and kidney stones. It reduces cholesterol, increases bone density and improves cognitive functions.

For cardiovascular health, the polyphenol and antioxidant content of green tea act as anticoagulants and prevent platelets from initiating blood clotting.

In addition, green tea extract inhibits the process by which LDL cholesterol encourages plaque buildup on the walls of the arteries.

For diabetics, green tea provides a measurable improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance; the extract is effective in the lowering of blood pressure, cholesterol and fat levels as well as reducing body weight.

Green tea extract is rich in Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG which is a polyphenol. EGCG functions as an antioxidant and is currently being studied for its role in reversing neuronal damage for possible use in treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

EGCG is also responsible for the antimicrobial activity of green tea extract especially its use in oral health.

The catechin content of green tea extract is absorbed into eyes where it works on the lens and retina to provide antioxidant protection. Because of these, green tea extract is currently being actively investigated for the treatment of eye disorders such as glaucoma. 

Green Tea vs. Black Tea (% of extract)
Catechins - 30-42 (GT) / 3-10 (BT)
Flavonols - 5-10 / 6-8
Methylxanthines - 7-9 / 8-11
Amino acids - 8-12 / 13-15
Carbohydrates - 10-15 / 15

How It Could Work

Like with many natural products and hair loss herbs, the majority of reported success from green tea for the treatment of hair loss has come from those who have actually used the product and seen results.

Nevertheless, many users who felt green tea had helped stop their hair loss problems thought the anti-oxidant effects were responsible for the positive results. Advecia is one example of a hair loss product containing green tea that users have seen benefits from.

There are other factors that could contribute to hair loss prevention and hair regrowth as it relates to green tea.

  • Green tea can help contribute to both circulating hormones and blood flow within the body. Both of these factors contribute to help the body have improved overall health. A healthy body and scalp results in healthier hair follicle stimulation as well as hair growth.Green tea also helps stimulate testosterone and prevent it from being converted to DHT. DHT is a large part of what is responsible for hair loss. The more regulated the healthy levels of testosterone the less likely the formation of damaging DHT levels.
  • Green tea is reportedly a natural DHT blocker and does so without any harmful side effects. In other words, if green tea works for you with your hair loss concerns, you are not going to be subjected to the harmful side effects you could potentially experience from prescriptions or over-the-counter treatments.
  • Green tea is also believed to be a natural method that can encourage hair regrowth and improve the health and thickness of the regrown hair. Those who want to have shiny, healthy hair should also include green tea as part of their daily regimen.
  • What really stimulates hair growth from green tea is the EGCG, which is an extremely potent antioxidant. In addition, the ingredients in green tea help to strengthen hair so that when it does regrow, it should be stronger and healthier than what it was before.

How to Get More Green Tea into Your Routine

Preparing Hot Herbal Green Tea

Since most of the benefits of green tea are best derived after prolonged dedicated use, it is best to incorporate using the herb into your daily routine. Green tea should be taken at least twice daily in this manner.

If you obtain the tea leaves, you can brew your own in no time.

The recommended temperature of the hot water and how long the leaves should be steeped in it depends on the quality of the leaves.

Brewing too hot or too long will make the green tea bitter as tannins are extracted alongside the other constituents of the leaves.

One teaspoonful of tea leaves is recommended to be steeped in hot water poured in the usual tea cup.

High quality green tea leaves can be steeped in 69 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) water for as little as 30 seconds while spent leaves will require hotter temperatures (87 degrees Celsius or 190 degrees Fahrenheit) and longer time (2 to 3 minutes).

While green tea is most commonly introduced into the body through drinking herbal hot tea, there are other ways you can use green tea for hair loss. These include:

  • cold green tea
  • green tea pills
  • products that contain green tea as an ingredient such as shampoo, conditioner or lotion

The trick to getting green tea hair loss remedies to work is to incorporate several and to make it part of your daily routine. Because green tea isn't as potent as other methods of hair loss prevention, it may take more of it to see a noticeable difference.

Even stronger options such as Minoxidil based products require twice daily use for several months to get results.

The good news is that green tea has health benefits aside from preventing hair loss and activating hair regrowth, so you will also be improving your overall health.

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