Green tea is popular among supporters of natural and healthy diets. The health benefits are many, and it is often recommended that at least three cups a day be had to achieve these benefits. Not surprisingly, not all varieties of green tea are the same. In the various counties in which it produced, the quality is influenced by the way it is grown, harvested and processed.
What is Green Tea?
This tea is made only from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. While it originated in China, it is now grown in a number of countries. Health benefits are said to include:
Being a good cancer preventative agent due to it’s high antioxidant content
Help lower cholesterol
Helps to prevent cardiovascular disease
Helps to boost the immune system
Green tea is also said to have benefits fro skin care and hair care as well. In fact, there is a school of thought that it offers may benefits in treating hair loss.
Causes of Hair Loss
Some level of hair shedding is normal every few months. When this happens new hair will grow to replace lost hair. When hair loss becomes more pronounced, and the lost hair is not replaced, then a remedy has to be found. Causes of hair loss include:
Hormonal imbalance in men and women
Tightly woven hair
Compulsive conditions that lead to hair pulling
Green Tea and Hair Loss
There is no reason for someone facing hair loss not to try and find natural ways to treat the condition. There is sound basis for believing that green tea can help with this problem.
Green tea is thought to help regulate hormones in the body, and this is true of testosterone. There is believed to be a connection between green tea consumption and the production of globulin which moves testosterone and similar hormones around the body. Free testosterone, that is, testosterone that is not moved by the globulin is converted to dihydrotestosterone which affects hair follicles. This is what leads to hair loss in some cases.
Few clinical tests have been done to determine how green tea affects hair loss. However, one such study on mice indicated that the anti-inflammatory property of green tea was what stopped hair loss. It also has properties that help improve circulation which is good for hair growth. The ingredient in green tea responsible for circulation is catechin. Other studies conducted at both the Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Saitama Cancer Center Research Institute in Japan have shown that green tea can help with hair loss. Researchers at these Institutions identified epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) antioxidants in green tea as being able to stimulate hair growth.
How Green Tea can be used for Hair Loss
There are many different ways green tea can be used for hair loss. There are some shampoos that contain green tea. In addition, you can wash your hair with green tea. This helps to get rid of pollutants and prevent scalp infections. A green tea tincture applied to the scalp can help stimulate hair growth.
Generally, no dosage has been established for using green tea to help hair loss. However, it is believed that a green tea tincture containing 10 percent EGCG can be used to stimulate hair growth. This mixture is applied to the scalp. As with many natural treatments, trial and error will indicate what works best for your own particular situation.