Hair loss is an emotionally disturbing issue for anyone. Although men seem to suffer more from hair loss, studies have confirmed that about 50% of women also experience androgenetic alopecia or "patterned baldness".
The conventional theory of hair loss; however, is high misunderstood. Androgenic alopecia blames androgen and genetics for hair loss, when its actually been found that androgens like testosterone can actually help promote hair growth. There as estrogens, greatly inhibit hair growth.
Certainly there is a hereditary component to hair loss, as with any health issue, but ultimately these factors can be controlled through stress reduction, diet, lifestyle and other natural interventions.
Due to misunderstandings around the true pathogenesis of hair loss, currently the only approved remedies are oral finasteride and topical minoxidil. 3,4
Unfortunately , not only are these remedies very ineffective, having about a 30% success rate. Their growth effects are largely superficial, tracing back to the genesis of nitric oxide, which may stimulate short term blood flow, but at the expensive of mitochindral energy production. In fact, studies have found that the use of these substances can increase the risk for prostate fibrosis, inflammatory related conditions and there negative effects.
Finasteride negative side effects:
- loss of interest in sex
- trouble having an orgasm
- abnormal ejaculation
- swelling in your hands or feet
- swelling or tenderness in nipples (gynecomastia)
- runny nose
- skin rash
In most cases, the small percentage of improvement is often heavily outweighed by these side effects, and the detriment of suppressing the most anabolic hormone, DHT.
Caffeine; Better Than Finasteride
The good news is that as science advances and the truth about hair loss is slowly revealed, we are finding much more effective and safer ways to stop hair loss and regrow it. For example, recent studies have shown caffeine to have beneficial effects in patients suffering from androgenic alopecia. Caffeine prevents the miniaturization of the hair follicle by inhibiting phosphodiesterase. This increases cAMP levels in cells, which is an importuning promoter of hair growth and proliferation by stimulating cell metabolism in the hair follicle. 5
In vitro, it was found that AGA patients who applied a topical caffeine solution of 0.001% and 0.005% were found to counteract the suppressive effects of synthetic testosterone on hair growth. They found that the caffeine resulted in a higher hair shaft elongation in just 5 days.
This in vitro study clearly demonstrates that caffeine is a stimulator of human hair growth, which makes it a safer, more effective and cheap alternative to the use of harsh toxic drugs that are currently used.
The beneficial effects of topical application of caffeine in androgenic alopecia are attributed to its inhibition of phosphodiesterase, which improves cellular metabolism in the hair, thus promoting stimulation of hair growth.
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