In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that, of the 17 plants commonly used for hair treatments, amla extract was the second most potent inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase. This is the same enzyme target for inhibition by the oral drug, Propecia, used to treat male pattern hair loss. Whether the plant applied topically offers anywhere the same effect, has yet to be proven. Ironically, might not ever be proven, because it certainly is much cheaper to buy a bottle of alma oil, rather than spend money on high-price consumer products.
In another study conducted by Yeungnam University in Korea evaluated a naturopathic hair product called DA-5512 which contains six plant extracts, including alma oil. According to the scientists, when applied daily to mice for 16 weeks, there was significant hair growth comparable to that seen in mice treated with Rogaine---a topical drug used to treat male pattern baldness.
The alma oil product I purchased…(Used coupon code, BER298, at checkout to save money)
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