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Spearmint is added to many different things like confectionery, chewing gums and different types of teas, but usually not as the main ingredient. Alternatively, you can also buy spearmint supplements, which provide a highly concentrated extract from the spearmint leaves.
There are also many different spearmint supplements to choose from, some are in capsule form, but others can be mixed with smoothies, chocolate desserts, or whatever else you can think of. Lots of things go well with mint!
The spearmint supplement I’ve used for the longest time is one by Swanson’s (see picture). However, there is now a new one available here which is standardized, more potent, and contains a higher concentration of rosmarinic acid, which is highly anti-inflammatory.
Aside from taking supplements, I also like to drink spearmint tea because I find it so refreshing to have in the morning! 🙂
There are different types of mint plants, but the most popular is peppermint and spearmint. They do share similar benefits, but it’s believed that spearmint is a better anti-androgen.
One thing many people don’t know about spearmint is that it could be a great way to prevent male pattern baldness and hair loss in women.
Will spearmint tea help stop your hair loss?
Studies that have been published in recent years focused on a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which can cause hirsutism in women as a result of elevated levels of testosterone. Hair loss is also one of the condition.
Spearmint was shown to be an effective anti-androgen in women when they drank spearmint tea up to twice a day for 30 days. Their levels of free testosterone dropped significantly, and the women reported better quality of life.
However, the researchers noted that due to the short length of the trial, there wasn’t enough time to see significant clinical improvement of their condition, but hair growth cycle takes time, and therefore the trial needed to be longer.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that spearmint did act as an anti-androgen, and therefore if taken long enough, there will be real benefits, including stopping hair loss due to androgens.
What spearmint anti-androgen effects mean for combating hair loss
Given these results with spearmint tea being able to reduce testosterone, and therefore DHT, taking spearmint as a supplement or drinking spearmint tea would be a great addition to your hair loss prevention regimen.
Spearmint is also a natural plant that has been used for literally thousands of years and is very safe to drink. That being said, because men have much higher levels of testosterone than women, more spearmint tea might be needed to have a similar effect.
I sometimes have as many as six cups of spearmint a day with no side effects. If you don’t feel like drinking as much as me, you could take a supplement instead.
Another great benefit of spearmint tea that I’ve found is that I have less oily skin. There are many other anecdotal reports on acne forums where people say they noticed a similar effect! If you have an oily scalp, spearmint might help this problem as well.
If spearmint reduces hair on the body and face, will spearmint reduce hair growth on the head?
One of the questions I hear a lot is: Will spearmint reduce the growth of my hair on my head? The answer is no, it won’t.
Hair follicles respond differently to androgens depending on the location.
For example, the hair on your head is sensitive to the effects of DHT, which damages the follicle and causes hair loss, but the opposite is true for facial hair in men.
For women who have elevated androgens, they tend to also experience facial and body hair growth, as well as hair thinning on their head.
Some of this also depends on genetic factors and the sensitivity of follicles to testosterone and DHT. But reducing the amount of these hormones which is produced in the body by drinking spearmint, will have a positive effect on promoting hair growth on your head while inhibiting everywhere else.
And finally, if you’re a guy and worried about a reduction in beard growth, there is no need to worry. Spearmint will have a very minor (if any) effect on beard growth.
Spearmint supplements or tea: Which is better?
I drink spearmint tea and I take spearmint capsules every day. There is no difference between the effects that you’ll see if you chose one over the other. Although, if you’re drinking five or more cups of spearmint tea every day, you’ll probably be taking a few bathroom trips!
That’s where taking supplements can help a lot. You don’t have to be drinking tea all day and you can enjoy other teas instead.
When choosing a spearmint tea product, you have to make sure that it contains 100% spearmint tea. You’ll probably find that in many stores, spearmint is often one of many ingredients in a tea (usually combined with peppermint). Fortunately, there are 100% pure teas available in specialist health food stores and online. This is one of my favorite spearmint teas.
Spearmint tea has many beneficial health effects and is a popular beverage in many parts of the world. People have been drinking it for thousands of years because of its refreshing taste and positive health benefits, which includes being able to prevent hirsutism in women.
Due to these anti-androgen effects of spearmint, many men and women have been been using it to help slow down or prevent hair loss. To get the most benefit from spearmint, some people also take it in combination with other hair loss treatments like saw palmetto.
It’s also important that you give it enough time to work! You won’t see a dramatic difference in a few days or even a few weeks. You’ll need to give it at least three to six months before you judge whether or not it’s made any difference. Read my article here if you want to learn about the growth rate of hair.
Women who use spearmint may see bigger benefits for hair growth than men, this is due to men having far greater levels of testosterone and DHT. But as a comprehensive strategy to deal with hair loss, spearmint certainly has its place.
Article reviewed and updated: May 2019.