Green tea is often referred to as a super-food and is widely recognised for its well-being enhancing properties. In this blog, we look at how it can be used as a natural remedy to help to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.
What is green tea?
Green tea is made from the leaves and buds of Camellia sinensis. The small shrub was first cultivated in China and is the same plant used to produce black tea. The difference between green and black tea is in the level of oxidisation, and this depends on how the plant matter is prepared after harvesting. Black tea is fully oxidised, which gives it a dark colour and distinctive taste. However, green tea is processed using a short application of heat – usually by steaming or pan-roasting. This causes minimal oxidisation and reduces the breakdown of the beneficial compounds that are abundant in each leaf.
How can green tea help hair loss sufferers?
Green tea is rich in natural substances called polyphenols and flavanols. One of these is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has been noted for its antioxidant function in the body. Research shows that ECGC can be useful in preventing and treating hair loss. In one study, some participants took a green tea supplement daily for twelve weeks. They showed improvements in blood circulation and oxygen delivery, which can improve hair growth by ensuring that the follicles receive a ready supply of nutrients. Other studies have revealed that using green tea supplements can help to counteract the effects of DHT and testosterone, the hormones that are linked with genetic hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
How to Use Green Tea
The best way to take advantage of its health-boosting benefits is by taking it as a supplement. One that comes highly recommended by celebrities including The X-Factor’s Wagner, is Vinci Hair Clinic’s Vitruvian Line. Created by hair loss specialists, the formula combines decades of scientific research to deliver the most effective hair-growth supporting nutrients in a daily capsule. Along with green tea extract, Vitruvian Line contains DHT-blocking botanicals such as saw palmetto. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals to feed the hair follicles from within, allowing the production of healthy, strong strands. You can order Vitruvian Line through Vinci’s secure online store or by visiting one of their hair clinics.