At Belgravia, we are often asked whether tea (specifically green tea) can help prevent hair loss. However, whilst it was previously thought that green tea may block DHT, the androgen hormone that causes male pattern hair loss and certain types of genetic hair loss in women, that no longer seems to be the case.
A function of tea that does relate to hair loss, however, is the fact that it contains tannin. Tannin is, in scientific terms, an astringent, bitter plant polyphenolic compound that binds to and precipitates proteins and various other organic compounds including amino acids and alkaloids. Tannin is an antioxidant which is generally thought to benefit health but it can also hinder the body’s absorption of iron.
Iron: Getting the Balance Right
If you have iron deficiency (which in its chronic form is known as anaemia) you should be careful with regards to your tea intake: drink no more than three cups a tea and avoid drinking tea at meal times. Low levels of iron can have consequences in terms of hair loss, when diffuse thinning can occur. Iron is contained in many foods, but high levels can be found in red meat, leafy greens and lentils, along with fortified breakfast cereals.
However, we can also have too much iron in our system, which can lead to hair loss, and this could be a situation where tea can help normalise iron levels. Reducing Vitamin C intake can also help. Your GP should be able to advise you on issues related to iron levels, and you should always have a blood test if you believe you may not be getting the right amount of iron, as self-diagnosis can be dangerous.
If your hair is suffering from too much or not enough iron in your blood, hair loss should cease in the months after your levels have normalised, and hair should grow back. However, if this does not happen, it may be that you’re experiencing another form of hair loss at the same time. If the thinning hair is on the top of your head, genetics are most likely to blame.
Tea Isn’t Always the Answer
A hair loss treatment plan that contains medication licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies) offers you the best chance of medically treating your hair loss. Men can take both finasteride 1mg (often known by its first brand name, Propecia) which is an oral DHT blocker, and minoxidil, a topical treatment.
Women are only able to use minoxidil, but this in itself can be extremely effective as a hair loss treatment. Belgravia offers a range of minoxidil solutions in its in-clinic pharmacies, and a hair loss specialist can decide on the ideal formulation of high strength minoxidil for each client’s needs.
For both men and women, proven medication is combined with a variety of treatment boosters including Belgravia’s own premium nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics, which is available in Men’s and Women’s options in order to be as highly-targeted as possible. Both contain a specially selected combination of vitamins, minerals, botanical extracts and amino acids, including selenium, biotin and zinc to promote normal healthy hair growth.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.