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Beta Sitosterol

Beta sitosterol may help with hormonal hair loss.

Beta-sitosterol is a natural plant steroid. It can be taken with saw palmetto (50 mg twice a day along with 200 mg saw palmetto twice a day) or as a nutritional supplement on its own (500-800 mg/day), and may help treat androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium171

Physiological Effects and Benefits of Beta Sitosterol

  • Research suggests that beta sitosterol can improve treatment outcomes when combined with saw palmetto. It inhibits the absorption of cholesterol, reducing the amount available to make testosterone. The saw palmetto then blocks the DHT created from the lower testosterone levels. 93
  • Stimulates growth and repair of small blood vessels. 96
  • One of the most prevalent plant phytosterols and available in all plant foods, beta-sitosterol improves estrogen and fat metabolism. 171
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Foods such as avocados, dark chocolate, grape leaves, nuts, olive oil, soybeans, and wheat bran are particularly high in beta-sitosterol.