Horsetail for Hair Growth

The Benefits of Horsetail

Horsetail for hair growth has been studied over the years and the research results support its efficacy in treating a variety of ailments.  It is an ancient herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat and improve bone health, regulate blood flow and assist in maintaining skin and hair health.  It also exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infection.  The most recent research has indicated that the anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidants in horsetail has proven to be a valuable resource for hair health.

The main ingredient in horsetail is the mineral silica. It is the alkalizing property that is responsible for strengthening hair strands and improving sheen and texture.  Another component of horsetail is selenium. Selenium helps the body process iodine, which is responsible for boosting hair growth and maintaining its strength. And because of its anti-bacterial properties, it helps to fight infection on your scalp, clearing follicles and roots in support of healthy hair growth.

Horsetail Herb in dried form.

Horsetail Herb in dried form.

Horsetail Research Demonstrates Positive Outcomes in Hair Growth

A recent controlled study, Objective and Subjective Effects and Tolerability in Persons with Hair Loss (1), was designed to investigate the efficacy and tolerability of a natural food supplement. The supplement included marine proteins, minerals, vitamins and horsetail herb.  These ingredients are suspected to be effective in treating hair loss. Fifty-five subjects with hair loss participated in the 6-month blind study. All had hair-loss problems of at least 1 year before entering the study.  Subjects were exposed to either the food supplement or a placebo for approximately 6 months.  After 6 months, the placebo group was given the supplement that contained marine proteins, minerals, vitamins and horsetail extract, among other ingredients.  This product is intended to supply the hair follicles with nutrients that are important for the growth and quality of the hair.

The Findings

Hair counting was done to identify the results. In the group using the supplement, positive results were achieved with an average hair growth increase of 35.7%. The subjects in the placebo group showed only a 1.5% improvement.  The results of this study show that the subjects reported favorable effects on hair gain with the supplement, containing horsetail, compared with the placebo.

The results of this study also indicates that this supplement may be a viable option for the treatment of hair loss.  It is also possible that the ingredients, including horsetail, might be related to the decrease in production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.

The hormone testosterone is responsible for converting to DHT with the aid of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. When this takes place, DHT inhibits hair growth by shrinking the follicles, which eventually prevent the growth of healthy hair. The reduction of DHT in the body…

Using horsetail for hair growth contributes to healthy hair by strengthening and regulating growth.

Using horsetail for hair growth contributes to healthy hair by strengthening and regulating growth.

Study Shows Promise for Horsetail Enhancing Hair Growth in Oral Supplement

In a second study titled, A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair (2). a double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of an oral supplement in women with perceived hair loss.

Specifically, this random, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, was designed to test that the administration of a new oral supplement will increase hair growth in adult women. Most of the participants complained of self-perceived thinning hair associated with poor diet, stress and hormonal influences. The women participated in the study for 6-Months.

The study included women between the ages of 21 to 75 years of age with Fitzpatrick skin types I to IV. The Fitzpatrick scale is used to classify a person’s complexion in relation to their tolerance to sunlight. The women were in generally in good health but complained of self-perceived hair loss.   The subjects were randomized in double-blind fashion to receive the new oral supplement or the placebo. The oral supplement contained AminoMar C marine complex, a proprietary blend of shark and mollusk powder, vitamin C and an organic form of silica derived from horsetail as well as several other ingredients.The study evaluated subjects treated with the medication for a period of three months.

The Results

The mean number of terminal hairs in the target scalp area increased from 271 at baseline to 571.  After six months, the hairs increased further to 609.6.  This was significantly greater than the mean number of terminal hairs among the placebo-treated subjects at baseline (256.0).

These results support the hypothesis that the oral supplement, containing horsetail extract, increases hair growth in women with thinning hair.  In addition to the hair growth, improvements were seen in overall hair volume, thickness, hair shine and moisture retention. This study suggests that horsetail for hair growth is a valid claim.  In conclusion, the daily dose of a proprietary supplement, containing horsetail, significantly increases hair growth after 90 and 180 days with no adverse effects to report.

Based on the work and research of numerous studies, horsetail can enhance the texture, strength and sheen or the hair as well as promotes hair growth.

All information contained within this site is for reference purposes only.  You must consult and follow the directions of your physician and licensed health care professionals.  The FDA does not evaluate or approve natural products; therefore, they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease.

FAQ’s – Horsetail for Hairgrowth

In the first study, would it be typical to see additional hair growth with future use of the oral supplement?

Yes.  After three months, the participants report an improvement in hair shine, skin smoothness and moisture retention. This suggests that even additional benefits may be seen with future use.

Are there any other supplements discussed in the study with females with alopecia that may be responsible for increased hair growth in women?

Yes. Biotin and Zinc are effective for the treatment of hair loss.  Biotin is a B vitamin responsible for converting nutrients into energy.  It also plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin and nails. Zinc is an essential micronutrient that is responsible for the normal functioning of hundreds of enzymes.  It may help keep hormone levels balanced, which may be responsible for preventing hair loss. Zinc might help eliminate dandruff on the scalp as well.

What ingredients in Horsetail extract makes it a suitable herb for hair growth?

Horsetail contains the mineral silicon, which strengthens hair strands.  Silicon is also responsible for improving sheen and texture.  In addition, Horsetail extract contains Selenium which helps the body process iodine, which in turn, regulates hair growth.

What is the best way to consume Horsetail?

When Horsetail is taken as a supplement for hair growth in oral form, the usual dosage is 300 mg consumed three times daily.  Horsetail extract can also be used as a supplement… packaged as a bottled oil.

References – Horsetail for Hair Growth

  1. Thom E Nourkrin: objective and subjective effects and tolerability in persons with hair loss. J Int Med Res 2006;34(5):514-9
  2. Ablon G. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy of an oral supplement in women with self-perceived thinning hair. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2012;5(1):28-3

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