IBM said:hair_tomorrow: you take a lot of things... whats your hairloss reverse progress?
Bryan said:A couple of minor comments:
1) There is no evidence at all that drinking green tea as a beverage (or taking green tea extracts in tablet or capsule form) has any systemic effect of 5a-reductase inhibition, with subsequent DHT reduction. Please note that Liang's and Hiipakka's study was almost entirely in vitro; the part about how the rats' internal organs were affected was when EGCG was INJECTED into them in large doses, not given to them in their food or water. The reason for the failure of green tea to inhibit 5a-reductase systemically when taken as a beverage is probably because EGCG is very poorly absorbed from the GI tract. And as I've said many times before, there's still a distinct possibility that TOPICAL applications of green tea (or an extract) could be usefull for controlling hairloss, even if taking it orally as a beverage is not. There are both animal and human tests showing its ability to inhibit 5a-reductase, when applied topically.
2) There is evidence that caffeine may be an important co-factor for at least SOME of the general health benefits that you get from consuming the polyphenols in green tea, so I would use the caffeine-free versions with some degree of caution.
jimmyjames said:I've heard some people suggest that green tea "might" work better for hair loss if it's applied topically. So my question (mainly out of curiosity) is: how would you apply it topically? Do people actually just dump warm tea on their head and let it sit for awhile?
collegechemistrystudent said:I prefer something a bit more concentrated, with more EGCG. I buy 50g of GTE with >50% EGCG, and make a solution with that. About 500mg per 8oz. Then I use 4mL to douse my head.
GHG said:No offence CCS, but do you actually have time to do anything except stir $#iT up and dump it on your head and in your mouth? Really, you're way over hard-core, you're just insane. All this hassle and I hear you say you're still thinning... bloody hell, makes me think there is no cure.
GlasgowCelt said:Bare in mind, its ****ing addictive. I'm drinking on average 8-12 cups a day, and finding it quite hard to cut down.
But surely that is good!?