Green Tea And Hair Loss - Cause Or Cure Baldness?

by lmfmf kkmfm
(London)

Does green tea cause or cure baldness? Does it make you lose hair and make you bald?

Answer:

Hey, studies regarding green tea and hair loss is limited and controversial, even contradictory. There are speculations that green tea can cause or even cure baldness, but no firm conclusions can be drawn.

One 2000 study has found that green tea reduces testosterone and DHT levels in humans, and therefore might reduce or cure baldness.

However, it is not conclusive because the authors of the same study say that the reduction may be associated with the weight loss caused by green tea.

There is also another study that found that green tea inhibits type I 5 AR in cells culture, which is responsible for converting testosterone to DHT.

Some marketers have claimed that this proved green tea can cure acne and hair loss.

However, this effect is only observed in cells culture. Similar results have not yet been observed in live animals. In fact, contradictory results are observed in animals.

There are animal studies that found that green tea increases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), LH, DHT and testosterone levels, all of which implies that green tea may cause baldness.

However, the effects of green tea on hormone is very complex and depend on many factors. These are animal studies involving rats, but no harmful effects have yet to be observed in humans.

So, where does this leave us?

To get any conclusive results, we need a good number of human studies. So we are not yet at that stage to draw a conclusion.

Does green tea cause hair loss? East Asians have been drinking green tea for thousands of years. So may be we can turn to the living tradition for some empirical evidence?

I have heard that drinking tea can help lose weight. I have heard that pregnant and PMS women should avoid drinking tea. I have heard that drinking tea at night can cause insomnia.

And yet, I have never heard that green tea can help or cause hair loss. If green tea does have such effects, then it probably is a subtle effect, and more than the others, needs to be proven by science.

Since scientific studies at present are contradictory, and there is a lack of human trials, we will have to wait longer to draw any conclusion.

I hope this is helpful.

Comments for Green Tea And Hair Loss - Cause Or Cure Baldness?

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Dec 13, 2009
Green tea is useless
by: Anonymous

After I drank green tea for a year, I have serious hair loss. Visit toilet many times a day and cannot sleep at night.

Aug 23, 2010
Green tea cause hairloss
by: Anonymous

From what I've experienced while drinking Green Tea for a year or so, I say, "Green Tea sure causes hair loss" and now I read this article I'm going to stop drinking it and wait for the results (hopefully the hair loss will stop.

Dec 22, 2010
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking about 5 cups of green tea a day for a month now and it actually seems to be thickening my hair. I haven't had a lot of hair loss though so that might be one reason but overall it has been causing hair growth.

Jan 30, 2011
Green tee and hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have a best friend who drinks green tea all day every day - she goes through about 3 kettles a day - which is a lot!! She has recently started noticing hair loss and is very upset.

I recommended that she stops drinking green tea or at least cut it down!

She only noticed hair growth after about a year or two, so it didn't show right away.

Of course. just letting people know the possible side affects since this upset my friend so much, i hope this news will help someone else with the same problem.

Apr 20, 2011
Drinking too much green tea can cause hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking a potent concoction of green tea and what did I observe, significant hair loss!

It is all about drinking green tea in moderation!

Aug 12, 2011
Green tea connection to hair loss
by: Anonymous

I have always had PMS and oily skin and hair, but Since drinking green tea for several weeks before noticing any changes,I have DEFINATELY seen an increase in the amount of oil produced, making my hair lank and greasy with a LOT of hair loss. So much so that im convinced if I continue to drink it, I will become bald!

I am left wondering that maybe if one already has underlying problems with hormones, maybe it makes the condition worse. This may explain perhaps why some people do not seem to have any adverse effects? Maybe it is only women it effects adversely,and not men, and maybe it is shedding to grow back stronger?

I will get back to you with the results, as I had my last mug of green tea last night.I'm not expecting immediate results so keep watching.

On the plus side I have noticed that my appetite has diminished and that adding milk to the tea prevented the Diarrhoea which I suffered with on first drinking it. I have noticed no weight loss.

Mar 04, 2012
Amazing!
by: Anonymous

I am so happy I came across this article - when I was younger (now I'm 25) I had wonderfully thick and strong hair! And now I have been drinking green tea in really large amounts (about 2l a day) and I have recognized that my haiur is weaker and weaker! I started cryig last time because I am afraid of androgenic ghair loss, I want to have thicker hair! And now my colkleaguew told me that green tea can decrease iron levels in blood apparently.

Now I stopped drinking green tea - as someone has said above - green tea is healthy but in MODERATION!

I have also hormonal issues so maybe this makes the matter even worse.

I am totally terrified and keep crying because my hair is in worse and worse condition. I hope that my hair will regrow soon.

May 24, 2012
Green tea and hair
by: Anonymous

My usually thick head of hair has gone noticeably thinner in the past month. I started to look at what I had been eating/drinking different.

For the past 6 months I have been drinking green tea, but only 2 mugs a day, I'm not that keen on the taste, but i have read that its supposed to be good for you.

I fail to see that 2 mugs would make any difference regarding hair loss, but I've stopped drinking it now and I'm hoping my hair will thicken up again.

Sep 02, 2013
Green tea contains Fluoride
by: Anonymous

Fluoride causes hair loss. So drinking too much green tea can be bad, so drink less than two cups a day.

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