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Are you suffering from hair loss? Do you get lured by every other hair tonic advertisement that does not yield the desired results? Then, I suggest you try the amazing green tea.
You might wonder how green tea can help combat hair loss. This may sound a bit far-fetched, but it has been proven that having a cup of green tea every day will not only cure a myriad of health problems but will stop hair loss too. So, if you are craving for beautiful, luscious locks that make women go green with envy, start sipping green tea right away!
Green Tea – A Brief
Did you know that your regular tea and green tea are derived from the same plant?
Well, the healthier sister of the tea family is a variation of your black tea, just processed differently. While black tea is fermented, green tea is the dried and steamed counterpart of the plant, and is thus full of nutrients and minerals. Now you might have understood why it is called green tea, right?
The caffeine content in green tea is far lower than that in black tea, making it a healthier option. Green tea also has a specific set of chemicals called catechin polyphenols (tannins), which are responsible for the bitter and astringent taste. These flavonoids are really powerful antioxidants, and along with amino acids like thianine, butyric acid, and lignan, they make green tea a very viable option. It is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. This is enough to call green tea a packaged miracle. Impressive, right?
Green tea is really helpful in fighting against a number of diseases like cancer, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems. It tackles skin disorders as well. And the list doesn’t end here. This article deals with the benefits offered by green tea with respect to hair loss.
Benefits Of Green Tea For Hair Loss
1. The Presence Of Natural Catechins
Green tea is rich in catechins (1). These catechins help in repressing DHT or dihydrotestosterone, which is the main cause for hair loss (2).
Having green tea regularly will make your hair healthy and prevent hair loss.
2. Full Of Essential Compounds
There are many other compounds found in green tea extracts, such as carotenoids, tacopherols, zinc, chromium, ascorbic acid, selenium, and manganese. Except chromium and manganese, all the other compounds help to prevent hair loss and encourage hair regrowth (3).
3. Rich In Polyphenols
While talking about the essential compounds present in green tea, how can we forget the polyphenols?
Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG is the main polyphenol that is present in green tea. This polyphenol promotes hair growth in cell culture (4). It strengthens the roots and activates the hair follicles. This encourages hair regrowth.
4. Fights Stress And Depression
Our fast-paced lives and stress are major causes for hair fall.
Green tea is a great stress reliever and helps you combat depression. It instantly uplifts your mood and makes you happy (5). So, the next time you feel weighed down by stress, just go into the kitchen and make a cup of green tea.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Nature
Well, we all are aware that itchy scalp and dandruff are also reasons for hair loss. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea boost the growth of hair, making it free from such inflammations and troubles (6). You can also make a green tea rinse for getting rid of dry scalp.
6. Destroys Parasites In The Scalp
Washing your scalp with warm green tea can destroy bacterial and fungal parasites. These parasites are not easily diagnosed. They tend to weaken the roots of the hair, which results in hair loss and hair fall. However, with the help of green tea, they can easily be destroyed (7).
7. Reduces Cholesterol Levels In The Body
You must be wondering how cholesterol is linked to hair loss.
Hair loss occurs due to increased levels of DHT. Green tea reduces the DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and cholesterol levels in the body (8). It blocks 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Thus, it stops the miniaturization of the hair follicles and strengthens the hair roots.
8. Promotes Blood Circulation In The Scalp
Green tea is capable of breaking down plaque in our blood vessels, thus promoting blood flow to almost all the organs, even the scalp. It is also rich in powerful antioxidants that that destroy the free radicals that hinder proper blood circulation (9). In this manner, it helps to promote hair growth.
9. Role Played By Vitamin B
As discussed earlier, green tea is full of essential vitamins, including vitamin B (panthenol), which helps in controlling hair fall as well as in getting rid of split ends and softening your hair (10). So, you can make the best of both worlds by either drinking or using a green tea rinse for hair .
These were some of the main and common green tea benefits that help in fighting hair loss. It is said that you will only be able to reap the maximum benefits from green tea when you incorporate it into your daily routine