Reishi Mushrooms in the Fight Against Baldness- Does it Work?

Reishi Mushrooms for Hair Growth

Last Updated on November 1, 2021 by Theodore

In the previous post, I wrote about the eastern herbs and how we can apply them in the fight against hair loss.

Another unknown territory when it comes to hair growth and possible nature stimulators is the mushrooms.

Here I’ll go through some of the mushrooms connected with hair growth.

Reishi overview

Reishi mushroom, which is still relatively unknown in Western culture, is famous for its powerful healing properties. It is one of the oldest symbols of prosperity in Asian societies.

The divine mushroom of longevity – Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has been used in Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine for ages.

How does Reishi help to prevent hair loss?

Reishi mushroom is a DHT inhibitor (an agent that slows a chemical action.)

DHT is the main cause of man baldness (androgenic alopecia) and hair loss.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is made by the conversion of testosterone, with the help of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR).

But enough with the chemistry lesson.

Can Reishi really prevent hair loss?

Yes! In a study from 2005 that tested a dozen mushrooms, Reishi proved itself as the best when it comes to decreasing the testosterone to DHT conversion.

It scored 70-80% success rate.

By the way, second place in this study was given to Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom), which is a tasty culinary mushroom!

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