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The Natives Knew..
Saw Palmetto was used by Native Americans for hair, scalp and skin care. Due to its ability to balance hormones in the body, it was used by Native American women to get rid of facial hair. It is now believed saw palmetto regulates excessive hair growth in women by suppressing DHT production in the body (a hormone produced by testosterone).
SAW PALMETTO is believed to work by inhibiting the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme involved in the conversion of the hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is considered a key contributing factor to the onset and progression of androgenic alopecia. Saw palmetto also is believed to increase the activity of an enzyme responsible for the metabolism of DHT into androstanediol (a weaker androgen hormone).