In this video we go through beta sitosterol hair loss – can it help, the treatment, and the benefits.
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Beta Sitosterol is a plant sterol and it has a similar chemical structure to cholesterol. Since beta sitosterol competes with and interferes with the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, it is used in some cholesterol lowering drugs.
Besides being useful for lowering cholesterol, it is also a treatment for heart disease, BPH (a prostate problem), and for general boosting of the immune system. There are people who claim it has helped them with improving hair growth as well.
Is There Scientific Evidence that Beta Sitosterol Helps with Hair Loss?
Scientific research on the effects of beta sitosterol on countering hair loss is in its infancy. However, positive correlations are starting to appear in the scientific literature, such as: The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine; The Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery; and The Journal of Chromatography.
1. Combining Beta Sitosterol with Saw Palmetto
In a double blind, placebo-controlled, and randomized trial of a drug containing beta sitosterol, male participants between the ages of 23 and 64 reported, after several treatments, as much as 60 percent improvement in hair regrowth.
Other studies demonstrated an improvement in the efficaciousness of beta sitosterol when it was combined with saw palmetto.
2. Applying Directly to the Scalp
Another study focused on the anti-inflammatory qualities of beta sitosterol and suggested that it was efficacious as a topical treatment applied to the scalp.
How Does It Help with Hair Loss?
Beta sitosterol is part of a group of plant extracts called phytoesterols. It is believed to be a natural 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. This is an enzyme that changes testosterone in DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It is believed that beta sitosterol helps battle hair loss by blocking or slowing down the production of DHT.
There still isn’t enough evidence that this is true. It’s also believed that beta sitosterol possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and that it has some anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and even anti-fungal properties.
Again, there isn’t enough evidence to back up all these claims. But there are people who feel confident that beta sitosterol has helped them with their hair loss.
Supplementing Your Diet with Beta Sitosterol
A typical recommended dose for beta sitosterol is in the range of 350-375 mgs. It is usually recommended that you try to break it down into two or three separate doses daily. It is considered safe at much higher dosages, and some doctors recommend up to 5000 mgs for other health issues unrelated to hair loss.
It is also an inexpensive way to treat hair loss. Reports are that it usually takes five to six months to see hair significant hair regrowth, however, some people experience hair regrowth more quickly. If hair is merely thinning, a person may see improvement within weeks.
Those who have completely lost hair, who have been bald for a long time, can anticipate taking several months before seeing noticeable results but may be quicker if you’re balding at 20. The supplement is often combined with saw palmetto, or it is sometimes in a complex with campesterol and stigmasterol.
Getting More Beta Sitosterol Through Foods
The main purpose of consuming foods high in beta sitosterol is to lower one’s cholesterol. Hair loss and high cholesterol levels could be correlated, but there is no scientific consensus on the subject just yet. What we definitely know is that certain cholesterol medicines can in fact cause hair loss.
Experts say that around 2,000 milligrams of phytosterols alone could lower cholesterol levels significantly. In some cases that decrease can be as high as 20%, which can be the difference between early heart disease and living a healthy life for decades. The problem with most of these dietary sources is the fact that they are often very high in calories as well.
This can be problematic, because if someone wants to consume the above mentioned amount of the compound through natural foods, they could be looking at too many calories.
Needless to say that anyone who has cholesterol problems should not be eating more than their daily required calories.
That is the amount of calories that are required to maintain a current weight, meaning there is no weight loss or weight gain for that person.
Fortified Foods Can Help Increase Beta Sitosterol
There are fortified food items that have the same or a similar amount of calories than their regular counterparts, but they pack much more micronutrients.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease