Study finds pumpkin seed oil can boost hair growth in men by 40 percent

Hair loss: Dr Ranj discusses causes of male pattern baldness

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is a common form of hair loss in men. It is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones known as androgens. More specifically, it is spurred on by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which is responsible for converting testosterone into the androgen DHT. Disrupting this process is no small feat but pumpkin seed oil has been shown to help.

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Pumpkin seed oil has been shown to block the action of 5-alpha reductase and to have anti-androgenic effects on rats.

To investigate whether this effect can be repeated in humans, researchers investigated the efficacy and tolerability of pumpkin seed oil in male patients with mild to moderate androgenetic alopecia.

Seventy six male patients with androgenetic alopecia were given 400 mg of pumpkin seed oil per day or a placebo for 24 weeks.

Change over time in scalp hair growth was evaluated by four outcomes: assessment of standardised clinical photographs by a blinded investigator; patient self-assessment scores; scalp hair thickness; and scalp hair counts.

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Reports of adverse events were collected throughout the study.

After 24 weeks of treatment, self-rated improvement score and self-rated satisfaction scores in the pumpkin seed oil-treated group were higher than in the placebo group.

The pumpkin seed oil-treated group also had more hair after treatment than at the start of the study, compared to the placebo group.

Remarkably, mean hair count increases of 40

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