To achieve the same effect as taking 1mg of Finasteride, the most effective daily dose of Saw Palmetto extract was 320mg. It is very important that it be a standardised extract containing 85-95% of fatty acids and 0,2-0,4% of sterols.
Many hair-loss preventon preparations do not contain the extract in sufficient amounts, or they contain a powder from the Saw Palmetto fruit, which is not sufficient to decrease DHT levels in humans. For instance, a preparation of Folixil contains only 120mg of this extract in one pastille.
Saw Palmetto extract corrects the functioning of our endocryne system. It helps address troubles with the prostate and hair loss, but also menstrual pain and inflammation of the ovaries. The extract has also anabolical effects and works as an aphrodisiac.
Although saw palmetto can be brewed into some tasty tea, it’s highly unlikely that it will be effective in treating hair loss, since the active ingredients are not water soluble. The liquid extracts and whole berries can be taken either by ingesting them or applying them topically. Nonetheless, research on the effectiveness of liquid saw palmetto extract and whole saw palmetto berry is limited.
Capsules and tablets that contain the saw palmetto are therefore your best bet for using the plant’s powerful effects on the treatment of alopecia. Many formulations of the product can be purchased online, as well as in the brick and mortar nutritional supplement or health food stores.
Don’t forget that the saw palmetto dosage is not an instant cure-all. With daily use, give it at least two months for the results to appear. In about 60 days, you should start noticing whether the hair loss has reduced, and if the thickness of your existing hair has been improved. The full results should be seen in about 6 months to a year from the time you start the saw palmetto treatment.
Other natural and botanical remedies can help to improve the efficacy of saw palmetto when combined in the treatment. Some of these include biotin, L-Cysteine, Green Tea, and Vitamin B-2, which have all been shown to promote hair growth and stop hair loss.
The general idea about using saw palmetto for hair loss is to improve hair thickness, slow down the rate of hair loss, and to allow other hair loss treatments to work more effectively.
How to Take Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto usually comes in the following forms:
Capsules and tablets are the easiest to find, since they are the only forms that have been widely examined by researchers. As we have already mentioned, be sure to choose saw palmetto capsules/tablets made by a reputable company, and read the label carefully to make sure the content is standardized to contain between 85% to 95% of sterols and fatty acids. The active compounds of saw palmetto are not water soluble, and tea made with the dried berries of the plant is not likely to be as effective. As a rule of thumb, always consult your doctor about safe dosage amounts before you start taking any new supplement.
Experts recommend a dose of 160 milligrams twice a day for the treatment of enlarged prostate. However, since it’s not an approved hair-loss treatment, the proper dosage for hair loss treatment is still a conjecture.