What is Beta Sitosterol?
Beta Sitosterol is a substance that can be in plants, specifically found in cell membranes of plants. Soybeans, avocados, pecans, pumpkin seeds and some berries (saw palmetto) are specifically rich in beta-sitosterol.
Beta-sitosterol can assist in reducing cholesterol absorption in the body, reduce DHT levels and it may assist with reducing inflammation.
Beta Sitosterol and Hair Loss
Beta Sitosterol can assist in preventing and slowing down the rate of hair loss, hair fall and hair shedding because it can assist with inhibiting the production of androgens such as DHT. Bita Sitosterol inhibits DHT by blocking the 5-alpha reductase II enzyme to bond with testosterone which would lead to the formation of DHT. DHT damages your hair follicles, therefore reducing the presence of DHT in the body can help to stabilise and prevent further hair loss.
How long does it take for Beta Sitosterol to take effect?
Typically most people will see results within 5-6 months. It has been reported that beta-sitosterol taken alongside saw palmetto reaps faster results, with some people reporting hair growth after a few weeks.
Beta -sitosterol is also commonly used to treat heart disease and high cholesterol. Recently the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration in America) has allowed manufacturers of beta-sitosterol to include on their packaging that it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. WebMD also states that it is effective in treating enlarged prostate due to its anti-androgenic actions.
Any Side-effects taking Beta Sitosterol?
Side effects are theoretical and not based on any clinical evidence. They are also very minimal and mild compared to the pharmaceutically derived alternatives. Some of the side effects reported are: gas, diarrhea, constipation or nausea. It is therefore advised to take beta-sitosterol with food.