If you've been hearing about the benefits of reishi and nettle for hair, you may be wondering whether these teas really could strengthen your hair and help with preventing (and even reversing) hair loss.
For those who are suffering from hair loss, it can be frustrating when trying to find a natural and effective treatment. Thanks to recent research findings, however, we now know that teas prepared from both the urtica dioica (nettle) plant and the ganoderma lucidum (reishi) fungus can help to prevent further hair loss and even help with hair regrowth.
These earth-flavored teas, both enjoyed throughout the world, may be a great addition to your regular hair-care routine. And, while further research is required to reach conclusions, some of the benefits mentioned below are highly suggestive of these teas' effectiveness at preventing hair loss and treating androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as male-pattern baldness.
It's long been known that free radicals are a common cause of premature aging. From wrinkles to hair loss, and even an increased risk of cardiac disease, free radicals in the body can wreak havoc.
This is where antioxidants come in.
The antioxidants found in nettle and reishi are natural fighters of free radicals, which makes the use of these teas in your hair shampoos and hair masks a solid choice for individuals looking to prevent further hair loss.
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Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone that is produced when testosterone comes into contact with an enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase. For sufferers of hair loss (and especially for men with male-pattern baldness), sensitivity to DHT can lead to further hair loss and make it difficult for hair to regrow.
So, what does this have to do with nettle and reishi teas?
Fortunately, nettle has been proven to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, and so has reishi. This means that supplementation with either herb can reduce the amount of DHT that is produced in the body.
Certain forms of hair loss, such as alopecia areata, are caused by a defective immune system. That is, the body's immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss and follicle damage.
While there are a number of available treatment options for individuals with alopecia areata, two natural alternatives that can be just as effective are nettle tea and reishi tea. Both nettle and reishi have been shown to boost immune system response. This is great news for those with alopecia areata or other forms of hair loss caused by a poor immune system.
If the above benefits of nettle and reishi teas have convinced you of their effectiveness at treating hair loss, then you're likely considering adding them to your usual hair-care routine. Keep reading here to learn more about reishi and nettle for hair, and discover a few simple ways you can add them to your hair-care routine.
And, drop by Hair Loss Revolution to learn more about effective ways to stop hair loss naturally.
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