Hair loss treatment: Horsetail extract may inhibit hair loss by blocking its mechanisms

Hair loss treatments often fail to deliver long-term, meaningful results because the mechanisms that contribute to hair loss are stubborn. It is hard to beat biological processes but fighting nature with nature offers the best chance. Many of the most promising products draw on natural properties.

Horsetail extract, a supplement that derives from the perennial fern that grows wildly in Northern Europe and America, is a case in point.

The contents found in this herbal supplement are conducive to hair growth, studies suggest.

The two properties found in horsetail extract that have attracted researchers are antioxidants and silica.

Antioxidants are molecules that fight unstable molecules called free radicals in your body to prevent cell damage.

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However, as most studies focus on a mixture of multiple hair growth compounds, research on the effects of horsetail alone is still limited.

More conclusive solutions

Hair loss research is patchy but the most consistently referenced drug treatments are finasteride and minoxidil.

According to the NHS, finasteride and minoxidil are the main treatments for male pattern baldness.

Male pattern baldness is a permanent type of hair loss that usually runs in the family.

Seeking support

Losing hair can be upsetting. For many people, hair is an important part of who they are.

“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” advises the NHS.

You may also benefit from joining a support group, or speaking to other people in the same situation on online forums.

Try these online support groups:

  • Alopecia UK
  • Alopecia Awareness.


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