Nettle root (Urtica dioica) is known as the herbal male ally for its unique ability to optimize the workings of the endocrine system in relation to reproductive health. And while this natural remedy is most often used to support prostate health, it’s also an excellent way to repair a testosterone-estrogen imbalance — one of the most common causes of hair loss in both men and women.
If you’re suffering from hair loss and you’re looking for an effective fix, taking nettle root extracts might be the perfect solution.
Causes of hair loss
Stress, pregnancy, aging, thyroid conditions, lupus, diabetes, fungal infections and selected medications can all cause hair loss. But one of the everyday causes that often gets overlooked is a hormonal imbalance.
When the body’s ratio of testosterone to estrogen is off, the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). This metabolite can cause hair loss by binding to the receptor sites on the scalp, blocking vital nutrients from reaching the hair and causing the hair follicles to shrink.
This means that not only does your hair not get the nourishment it needs to be healthy, but it eventually begins to fall out since the smaller follicles don’t have the capacity to keep it in place.
How nettle root extracts combat DHT
Nettle root extracts help nourish hair and encourage hair follicles to maintain their original size by inhibiting the body’s production of DHT. So as long as you maintain a healthy diet and take care of your hair, there’s no reason why men and women can’t have thick, luscious hair well into their 60s and beyond.
Poor blood flow
In order to allow healthy hair to thrive, the hair follicles need as many nutrients as they can get. While increased production of DHT can certainly reduce the nourishment the hair follicles receive, having a poor blood flow with low oxygen levels can also cause the hair follicles to get fewer nutrients than they require to do their job.
How nettle root extracts improve blood flow
Nettle root extracts dilate and strengthen the blood vessels. This ensures they get all the nutrients and oxygen they need, resulting in healthier looking hair that feels stronger and is much less likely to break.
Free radical damage
Free radicals can cause a world of damage to all parts of the body — the scalp included. These unstable atoms generate many harmful diseases, such as cancer, as well as health conditions associated with aging, including hair loss.
Although free radicals are naturally produced in the body, some lifestyle factors can accelerate their production. These include increased exposure to chemicals (like air pollution and pesticides), smoking, alcohol consumption and eating fried foods. Many believe that exposure to these substances causes oxidative stress, resulting in disease and premature aging.
How nettle root extracts halt free radicals
Antioxidants act as a shield against free radicals to stop them from doing damage. Nettle root extracts are rich in many different antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. These natural elements work together to slow down the aging process and promote healthy, thick hair growth.