Using saw palmetto for hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is a choice thousands of men and women make.
But before trying any saw palmetto supplements, you should learn the answers to the three important questions listed in the chart below. You can also use the chart to compare some of the most popular saw palmetto oral-based products.
Also, please read the notes about these three questions beneath the chart. It's only by doing thorough research like this, that you know you'll be making an informed decision about whether or not to try any of these types of product.
Before analyzing the chart, here’s an interesting email someone sent me which mentions saw palmetto supplements:
Clearly, whenever you research hair loss products, you must be thorough. And such dedication can then quite often pay off by uncovering important details that might otherwise be easy to overlook, as you’ll see below:
HairGenesis has tested some of the ingredients common to both its oral softgel and topical serum* products in vitro (i.e., in a lab). But, no clinical testing (i.e., on real patients) or testing of the actual products themselves, appear to have been done. The ingredients tested were: saw palmetto extract and beta-sitosterol, carnitine and thioctic acid.
Procerin, on the other hand, has completed clinical trials (on 32 men) using a combination of their oral tablets and topical foam* products.
* HairGenesis and Procerin topical products are reviewed on the next page.
None of the other companies seem to have conducted any such testing of their products.
The previous page warned that using saw palmetto for hair loss might cause some of the same side effects as finasteride (Propecia). And these include problems for pregnant women. Women are advised not to use (or even handle) finasteride. So, taking saw palmetto for hair loss might not be such a good idea for any woman who might want to have children.
However, despite this, you can see that most products in the chart do state that their product is suitable for women!
Of those that don't, Provillus have a separate product for women that does not contain saw palmetto (Provillus Women’s Formula), and the Procerin website states that their product is specifically for men because it targets DHT.
Using saw palmetto for hair loss is said to be most effective as a standardized extract rather than simply crushed whole berries.
From the chart, you can see that, whilst Procerin and Provillus do not contain saw palmetto extract, they do contain a much higher dose (of berries) than the extract-based products. So this might mean that they contain a similar amount of the active ingredients as the other products.
However, you can also see that the extract products do vary quite a bit in the amount of saw palmetto they contain:
Advecia seems quite low at only 37.5 mg of saw palmetto per serving (i.e., from four capsules) although the official Advecia website states that this (4:1) extract will be the same strength as 150 mg of saw palmetto.
But, even if this were the case, the dose from HairGenesis is still much higher (400 mg).
As for Shen Min, this product provides saw palmetto extract within its own proprietary blend, which totals 600 mg per serving (i.e., from two tablets), but this dose includes a combination of other ingredients too (phytosterols, pumpkin seed extract and quercetin). So, just how much saw palmetto extract is contained I don't know - when I emailed them about this they said that they don’t disclose the exact amounts.
All of which raises the question:
Many people seem to think that 320 mg of a standardized extract is the optimum dose because that’s what has proven effective against prostate problems in men. But given how widely the saw palmetto content varies in the hair regrowth products reviewed above, this suggests that value is far from certain.
Also, on page 1 it was explained how there could be some big differences between using saw palmetto for prostate problems and saw palmetto for hair loss.
Using saw palmetto supplements as a hair regrowth product might seem like a good, natural alternative to hair loss drugs. But herbs that have a medicinal effect should be treated as medicine. And you don’t want to overdose on something that hasn’t had any long term side effects studied and documented.
Of course, saw palmetto hair loss products don't just include oral supplements,
many topical products also include this popular herb as an essential
ingredient. And you can learn all about them on the final page.
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Read final page? Compare Topical DHT Blocker Products.
Read previous page? Side Effects Using Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss.
If you are interested in using any of the supplements reviewed on this page, here are the full product names:
Advecia - Naturally Block DHT
HairGenesis Oral Softgels
Provillus Men’s Formula
Shen Min DHT Blocker - Learn more about this product?
Most of these companies have other products too, but only those containing saw palmetto have been reviewed.
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