Benefits of using garlic for hair growth and hair loss
Garlic is a staple in this house. I use garlic in all kinds of dishes and also take garlic supplements every day. Did you know that using garlic supplements may have benefits for faster and stronger hair growth? Garlic may even help prevent hair loss according to one study.
Before you go grabbing out the garlic and try rubbing it on your scalp to help you grow hair. I want to explain to you the reasons why you should be consuming more garlic in your diet and also possibly take a garlic supplement to not only improve your hair growth but also to improve your overall health.
Garlic is amazing, and here are just a few of the reasons why.
How garlic may benefit hair growth
Garlic is part of the family of vegetables called Alliums. Garlic contains various sulfur compounds, the one that is most well known for its health benefits is a sulfur compound called allicin.
The problem with using allicin either internally or externally is the fact that it’s not stable and used to be difficult to produce in large quantities.
However, over a decade ago a guy named Dr Peter Josling – who is a biochemist from the UK – came up with a patented process to stabilize allicin and produce it in very large quantities.
Since that time it has been used in studies and trials for its efficacy in treating a wide range of diseases and health conditions.
1. Garlic helps improve circulation to your scalp hair follicles
Garlic has the ability to open up the blood vessels and significantly increase blood flow to the extremities. This means that by eating raw garlic or taking garlic supplements, your hair will receive more of those important building blocks or nutrients that will help you grow thicker, stronger and healthier hair.
I’ve found that I feel this effect more so from consuming garlic than from taking garlic supplements. Another benefit you’ll get from garlic is the lowering of blood pressure, and this will maintain good blood vessel health.
2. Garlic could help reduce scalp inflammation
Inflammation on the scalp is bad news for healthy hair growth. There are many things which can cause it from dry skin, fungal infections of the scalp, or autoimmune diseases.
Inflammation is also one of the processes which underlies androgenetic alopecia related hair loss. Even a low level chronic inflammation in the body can speed up things like hair loss.
This is why garlic may be useful in combating hair loss in some people. Garlic is able to block several key proteins and cytokines which promote inflammation and destroy hair follicles.
3. Garlic is a prebiotic and destroys bad bacteria
I’ve been taking probiotics for years, but it was only a few years ago when I came across a study which showed that probiotics could help improve hair growth.
It was a specific type of bacteria, but this bacteria was able to modulate the immune system which allowed for thicker and faster hair growth.
Garlic not only acts as a prebiotic, enabling the healthy and friendly bacteria to flourish. But garlic also destroys pathogenic bacteria which can upset the balance of the immune and perhaps even cause hair loss.
It’s important to remember that what affects the body may also affect the hair on your head.
Garlic is an excellent natural anibiotic which can heal the body from within and also used externally on the skin to kill pathogenic bacteria, fungi and lice.
4. Garlic cloves are a good source of nutrients
Hair just like the rest of the body needs a good blood supply and nutrients to come along with it.
Eating six cloves of garlic each day will give you the following:
- Vitamin B1 – Helps maintain a healthy nervous system (3% of your RDI)
- Vitamin B6 – Helps with red cell production (13% of your RDI)
- Vitamin C – Important for collagen / protein synthesis (7% of your RDI)
- Selenium – Important for proper immune function (5% of your RDI)
- Copper – Copper helps maintain healthy blood vessels and a deficiency can lead to hair loss (6% of your RDI)
5. Garlic is rich in sulfur compounds
Garlic is a rich source of sulfur-containing compounds which have many different benefits in the body and for your growth.
Sulfur is important in maintaining the structure and strength of collagen and proteins in the body. If you want strong and healthy hair, then consuming garlic which is abundant in sulfur may help.
Garlic contains thiosulfinates like allicin, allyl suinfates, diallyl sulfides, ajones and more. If you can’t pronounce those, don’t worry! The main thing is that when you consume garlic in its various forms either as garlic oil, garlic extract supplements or chomping on raw garlic, you’ll get plenty of these compounds in your diet.
Growing healthy hair with garlic supplements
Healthy hair starts from the inside first. So then should you consider taking garlic supplements?
In my opinion the answer is yes. Why you ask?
The reason is that in order to get significant amounts of compounds like allicin in your body, you need to take a good quality garlic supplement like allicin.
Just one capsule which contains 180 mg of allicin is equivalent of about 25 cloves of garlic! Can you imagine what would happen if you ate 25 cloves of garlic each day? You’d probably smell a little! 🙂
So in order to get around that you can take one allicin capsule each day and that will provide you with a significant amount of allicin.
This is the garlic supplement which I’ve used for about 8 years.
A little bit of information about Allicin Max
- Each allicin capsule contains a large dose of allicin – 180 mg
- Capsules are fine for vegetarians and vegans to take
- Does not contain any GMO products or artificial flavors
- Gluten free
- Contains 90 capsules – so they could last as long as 3 months! Great value.
- It’s the only garlic supplement on the market which contains stabilized allicin in the capsule
Tips: You can open up the capsules and pour the contents onto food. Would you believe it actually tastes a little like garlic? Sometimes I’ll pour a few garlic tablets onto some toast with olive oil. Garlic bread! 🙂
You can also use garlic externally on the skin if you have any infections or skin issues. I have found it to be quite effective. Garlic may also be useful in treating scalp conditions like inflammation and head lice.
Topical garlic gel helps treat hair loss
External use of garlic can also be helpful. There are different ways you can achieve this. You can either create your own garlic oil using simple ingredients like olive oil, honey and garlic. Or you can buy garlic creams from alliderm.
One the study I mentioned earlier, researchers looked at the effect of using topical garlic gen and betamethasone valerate cream for treatment of a condition which causes hair loss called alopecia areata.
Forty patients were in the study with 20 patients in the treatment group and 20 in the placebo group. The results were promising: the patients who also used the garlic gel had a much better response and was statistically significant.
The number of total hair count and terminal hair count was much higher in the group being treated with the garlic hel.
So garlic does seem to help with some causes of hair loss according to this clinical trial.
Conclusion: Does garlic help hair growth?
Garlic has many health benefits and there is reasonable evidence to suggest that by consuming garlic on a regular basis and taking garlic supplement, it may indeed help you with your hair growth.
I’ve also had a look at many forums on the internet where people were having a positive response to taking garlic supplements to stop their hair from shedding.
Since garlic a a very healthy food to eat, whether or not it may promote hair growth is personally a bonus for me.
I recommend that you use garlic liberally in your diet. You can take garlic supplements, eat raw and cooked garlic with some of your meals, and also use garlic oil and garlic powder in your diet as well. This will ensure that you get all the beneficial compounds that are found in each, so you won’t miss out.
Happy hair growing! 🙂