What Is Saw Palmetto And Does It Prevent Hair Loss?

August 15th, 2011

Q: What is Saw Palmetto? — R.P., White Plains, NY

A: Saw Palmetto is a dwarf palm plant native to North America. The active ingredients can be found in the plant’s brown-black berries. It is proposed that it blocks the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). There is little scientific evidence that Saw Palmetto is actually effective for hair loss.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on August 15th, 2011 at 5:24 am


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