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Drinking Green Tea for Hair Growth

February 28, 2018

Does drinking green tea help promote hair growth?

Before I go into whether or not drinking green tea will help with hair growth or not, I must say that green tea is my favorite drink in the whole world. I started to drink green tea sometime in 2005 and have started my day with my morning cup of green tea almost every day since.

You can get loose tea, powdered tea like, regular tea tabs. You can get green tea in a variety of flavors even.

It’s likely that by the end of the day, I will have had anywhere between five to ten cups of green tea. It’s not just for the health benefits, but I just really like like.

I like the old Chinese proverb: “it’s better to be without food for three days than without tea for one.”

It was only years later that I discovered the benefits of green tea after coming across news articles and journals. One of the studies I came across indicated that green tea may also help with hair loss and help improve hair growth!

I already had really thick and healthy hair, so maybe green tea was part of the reason for that?

How does green tea help hair growth?

Green tea is rich in polyphenols such as catechins, and give you the health benefits from drinking green tea.

The idea that green tea might help with hair loss came from studies indicating that green tea was able to reduce the conversion of testosterone to the more powerful and hair destroying DHT.

In another study researchers found that green tea was able to reduce PSA and prostate tumor growth in animal models (tumors grow faster in response to the hormone dihydrotestosterone).

Green tea inhibits 5-alpha reductase

The compound called EGCG inhibits an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase type 1. In humans there are two types, so just inhibiting the one enzyme will have some effect, but it won’t completely block the conversion of DHT.

This means that although there is likely to be some benefit in using green tea for hair loss, it won’t be a complete cure by itself. But it could be a useful tool in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss from androgens.

To enhance the effect of green tea, some studies suggest that adding soy into your diet will enhance the anti androgen effect.

Green tea inhibits inflammation

Another important way that green tea will help promote hair growth is that it blocks inflammation in the scalp.

Inflammation is a process which is important in the body to heal and regenerate, but it can also destroy tissues hair follicles as well.

There are autoimmune causes of hair loss and other inflammatory conditions that some people develop on their scalp, which will slow down hair growth and even cause severe hair loss in some people.

Green tea is able to regulate the immune system and put the breaks on it when it overreacts, so the inflammatory reaction produced by the body isn’t as strong and therefore there is less damage to the cells and tissues. This will allow the hair follicles to regenerate better and continue to produce hair.

Green tea speeds up cell proliferation

Ex vivo studies have shown that green tea (EGCG) is able to speed up cell cell proliferation and inhibit apoptosis of normal dermal papilla cells. These play an important role in both the morphogenesis and regeneration of the hair follicle itself.

Researchers hypothesized that the polyphenols in tea were able to increase cell survivability through activation of protein kinase B. It’s a protein which is activated under stress. Tea polyphenols therefore toughen up the cell so it can withstand harsher conditions.

In addition to the the rate of cell proliferation, they also saw an increase in the ratio of Bcl-2/Bax – which essentially means that or pro-apoptotic signals (cell death signals) were decreased.

Which green tea is best for hair growth?

There are different types of green tea and they can be sourced from different parts of the world.

The quality of the green tea you can get varies greatly however.

I would recommend that you try to buy Japanese green tea. One of the reasons for this is they’ve shown that it is less contaminated, so it will be healthier for you to drink long term.

When it comes to the type of green tea, you could either choose Sencha green tea or Matcha green tea.

I would recommend you try both and see which one you like. Overall, they are both very healthy beverages!

Which green tea has the most antioxidants?

The concentration and bioavailability of green tea antioxidants can depend on the type of tea and even how you brew it.

In a straight up analysis of sencha and matcha tea, researchers found that per gram of tea leaf, the concentration of the main active polyphenol (EGCG) was 137 times greater in matcha green tea than available from sencha / Chinese green teas.

I personally enjoy both. Sometimes I will have sencha green tea and other times I will go for matcha.

Can you drink too much green tea?

The answer is yes. Green tea when consumed in moderate amounts is healthy, but do not consume more than 10 cups a day on a regular basis.

This is still most likely at a safe level, but there have been cases where people have drank up to 20 cups or more a day or took large doses of green tea supplements and ended up with liver problems. Large doses of green tea is toxic to the liver, and should be avoided.

But don’t worry! Green tea is consumed by million of people every day. The longest lived people on the planet drink green tea, and so not only may green tea help your grow your hair faster, it might also make you live longer and be healthier also!

My tip!

Drinking green tea for faster hair growth is great, but you can make it even better by adding turmeric and ginger. I do this every day to add to the benefits of drinking green tea. By adding these other ingredients, you’ll create a powerful anti inflammatory drink and enhance the health benefits you get from the tea.

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