Baldness treatment with vitamins herbs and supplements
Male Pattern Baldness natural therapy, Female Pattern medication, what is the role of dietary supplements?
June 2 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Baldness is the state of lacking hair where it often grows, on the head. The most common form is a progressive hair thinning condition called androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Do natural supplements have a role to play in treating male or female baldness? See hair for a review. Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss, and usually involves a receding hairline and baldness on the crown of the head.

Natural foods that may help, the role of diet?
Perhaps eating fish, fish eggs, onions, and garlic can help grow hair or slow down loss since these foods help improve circulation and dilate blood vessels. They also act as anti-inflammatory agents.

Vitamins
I am not aware of a vitamin supplement that has a major influence in those who consume a normal diet.

Herbs and extracts, supplements
Saw palmetto and beta sitosterol have been looked at in research studies on natural ways to treat baldness but more data are needed.

Cause of baldness
The cause of male pattern baldness is due to hormonal and genetic factors. Hair loss occurs when the hair follicle, a cavity in the skin, shrinks over time. The individual hair in this follicle then becomes thinner and shorter, until eventually no hair is left in the follicle.

Propecia for baldness, blocks DHT in hair follicles
While there are no direct medical complications of male pattern baldness, men who are uncomfortable with their physical appearance may opt for prescription medications that may stimulate the regrowth of hair and help reduce additional hair loss. Propecia could help.

Baldness cure with medications - baldness treatment
Scientists are working to find a baldness cure, but none have yet reached the marketplace. Baldness treatment can be achieved with the use of finasteride or Avodart.

2006 - The British government is providing funding to a Cambridge -based company that is building a robot to help treat baldness. Biosciences firm Intercytex aims to perfect a treatment that involves taking hair follicles from the back of the neck, multiplying them and replanting them where they are needed.

Natural Baldness Remedy
Very little research has been done regarding diet or supplements as a remedy for male pattern baldness. Massage, relaxation, and stress reduction could be helpful. Perhaps eating more fish and vegetables and fewer sugar-rich foods could help over the long term to reduce hair loss.

Baldness Treatment with finasteride
Androgenetic alopecia In men, or male pattern baldness, is recognized increasingly as a physically and psychologically harmful medical condition. Baldness affects at least half of white men by the age of 50 years. Although baldness does not appear to cause direct physical harm, hair loss can result in physical harm because hair protects against sunburn, cold, mechanical injury, and ultraviolet light. Hair loss also can psychologically affect the balding individual and can Influence others' perceptions of him. A progressive condition, male pattern baldness is known to depend on the presence of the androgen dihydrotestosterone - DHT - and on a genetic predisposition for this condition. Medicines, hair transplantation, and cosmetic aids have been used to manage male pattern baldness. Two US Food and Drug Administration-approved hair-loss drugs - the potassium channel opener minoxidil and the dihydrotestosterone synthesis inhibitor finasteride -- are somewhat effective for controlling male pattern baldness with long-term daily use. Regardless of which treatment is chosen for alopecia, defining and addressing the patient's expectations regarding therapy are paramount in determining outcome.

Baldness and heart attack - is there a relationship?
Dr. Eyal Shahar of the University of Arizona in Tucson says there is little difference in the heart attack risk between men with full heads of hair and men who are bald. His team's research reveals hair loss isn't related to thickening of the lining of the carotid arteries. Dr. Eyal Shahar and othe researchers at the university looked at 5,056 men 52 to 75 years old, 767 of whom had suffered a heart attack previously. About one third had little or no hair loss, while 13 percent had frontal baldness only, and 54 percent had vertex baldness. Men going bald at the front of their heads were 28 percent more likely to have had a heart attack, while mild vertex baldness was tied to a 2 percent greater risk of heart attack, However, the relationship didn't get stronger with baldness severity; men with moderate vertex baldness were 40 percent more likely to have had a heart attack, while risk was increased by 18 percent for men with severe vertex baldness. If the types of baldness seen in the current study are indeed due to high androgen levels, Dr. Eyal Shahar notes, it's likely that the hormone does not increase heart attack or atherosclerosis risk. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2008.

Loss of hair and prostate gland enlargement, is there a connection?
Acta Med Iran. 2015. Is There a Relationship between Androgenic Alopecia and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia? Androgenic alopecia as a physiologic process and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) as a pathologic process in the older population are androgen-dependent processes influenced by 5-alpha reductase enzyme which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. This cross sectional study was done to evaluate the relationship between androgenic alopecia and BPH. 150 men older than 50 years old, who presented to the free prostate screening clinic, were included. They were asked about urinary symptoms. PSA level, prostate volume with sonography and alopecia grading using Hamilton-Norwood classification (grade I to VII) were evaluated. Analysis was done by SPSS statistical method. 59.6% of men had mild alopecia (grade I, II, III), 34.1% had moderate alopecia (grade IV, V) and 6.3% had severe alopecia (grade VI, VII).The mean PSA level was 1.37 1.48 ng/ml. The minimum PSA level was 0.1 ng/ml, and the maximum level was 6.8 ng/ml. The mean prostate volume was 37.85 21.85cc. The minimum prostate size was 10 ml, and the maximum volume was 173 ml. The mean international prostate symptom score (IPSS) was 7.6 6.11 with the minimum score 0 and the maximum score 27. However, no relationship between these parameters and androgenic alopecia was detected. This study showed that there is no relationship between androgenic alopecia, PSA level, IPSS, and prostate volume. Occurrence of alopecia in younger age and a positive family history correlated with a higher grade of alopecia.

Questions
I'm 20 years old and have a huge history of baldness on my father's side. I know they say it should come from the mother's father, but I've also heard the contrary. I've gone out of my way to tailor my diet to include various foods that help prevent hair loss. As you can see, I'm pretty darn paranoid about it happening to me, but I do not want to take Propecia, at least yet, because of the lack of long-term research regarding its side effects. My hair line has receded a little bit the last couple years, which might be perfectly normal, but still causing me to worry even more. I heard about the saw palmetto treatment and read your website with all the info about it. Went to my local Trader Joe's and picked up a bottle. I've been taking 3 capsules a day (480 mg) for a week and have had a noticeable amount of pain.. Its a little hard to urinate and it feels like the pain you get after carrying something too heavy. It could be stress, but I doubt it.
    I don't have good answers at this time to prevent baldness through natural supplements. Baldness is a difficult condition to treat or prevent.

I was wondering do you have any views on the product Profollica whichis used to treat male pattern baldness?
   I am not familiar with the product.