Although infamous for its ability to sting, the nettle, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, is known for its long use in history as food, fibre and medicine. Usage dating back to the Bronze Age, nettle’s tough stems were used for making fabric, rope and fishing line where the leaves were cooked and eaten. Furthermore, throughout history nettle has been documented to treat ailments such as coughs, tuberculosis, and arthritis.
Nettle’s antimicrobial, anti-ulcer, con-stringent and pain-relieving capabilities make it a key ingredient in many treatments. Nettle’s benefits can be reaped in many ways, as a Nettle tea, cooked in soups or stews, in capsules and tablets or topically.
Nettle has many benefits for hair loss, which is why it is a key ingredient in LMB’s Hair Loss range.
It contains 16 free amino acids and proteins plus vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy hair growth. Nettle has a direct effect of preventing excessive sebum production and cleanses blocked hair follicles. It inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DiHydroTestosterone (DHT), which is the major cause of hair loss. Nettle in combination with Burdock may also prevent premature greying of the hair.
Male pattern baldness is one of the most common types of balding among men, affecting 30% of men by the age of 30. One of the main culprits of this type of hair loss is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen sex steroid and hormone. DHT causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop growth. Nettle has be proven to be one of the most potent inhibitor of the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. By applying nettle extract with a combination of other ingredients topically, as in our Hair Loss Range, DHT’s effects can be blocked and therefore reduce and reverse male pattern baldness.