New research published in the journal Biology of Reproduction reveals that consuming soy milk and other soy products could reduce hair loss and male pattern baldness. How? When the body breaks down isoflavones from soy products, one of the resulting compounds is equol, which blocks a form of testosterone called DHT that has been linked with hair loss and baldness. The hair loss prescription drug, Propecia, works in much the same way by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
Naturally, soy milk is far less expensive than prescription drugs, and there are a great number of health benefits derived from consuming products made from soy. But does this latest research mean that men suffering from hair loss should switch to soy milk?
Here''s my take: soy milk may be able to stop hair loss, but that''s only part of the picture. Hair loss also results from premature aging, which is caused by consuming metabolic disruptors in foods and drinks. These are chemical ingredients like white flour, high fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrite, hydrogenated oils, aspartame and MSG that slowly poison the human body. One of the best ways to avoid hair loss is to start choosing healthy whole foods instead of eating the standard junk foods consumed by most people.
Another point here is that soy milk is good for you regardless of whether it helps with hair loss. I consume it on a daily basis and wouldn''t think of touching cow''s milk. Cow''s milk, it turns out, causes chronic sinus infections, asthma, constipation and a whole host of other health problems that all fall under the category of "stagnation." Giving up cow''s milk and switching to soy milk is a good nutritional strategy for both men and women regardless of their risk of hair loss.
The bottom line? Soy milk may in fact help with hair loss, and that''s one reason to start drinking it, but there are many, many more. And, frankly, it may not stop your hair loss outright, either. But it sure doesn'' hurt to try it and see. Give yourself several months to determine the result.
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- EUNUCHS do not go bald, observed Hippocrates 2,500 years ago, and while few have gone down the castration route to avoid hair loss, they have tried almost everything else.
- Equol is a form of oestrogen that is made when bacteria in the gut breaks down oestrogen--mimicking chemicals, known as "isoflavones", chemicals found naturally in soya beans and some other plants.
- The results of a study published last month in Biology of Reproduction indicated that equol effectively blocks a particularly potent form of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), linked with both male pattern baldness and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
- Equol, when injected into mice, did not stop DHT being made, but put it in "handcuffs", stopping it from attaching to the male hormone receptors in the prostate and hair follicles.
About the Author: Author Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist with over 4,000 hours of study on nutrition, wellness, food toxicology and the true causes of disease and health. He is well versed on nutritional and lifestyle therapies for weight loss and disease prevention / reversal. View Adams'' health statistics showing LDL cholesterol of 67 and outstanding blood chemistry. Adams uses no prescription drugs whatsoever and relies exclusively on natural health, nutrition and exercise to achieve optimum health. Adams'' books include the Seven Laws of Nutrition, The Five Soft Drink Monsters and Superfoods For Optimum Health. In his spare time, Adams engages in pilates, cycling, strength training, gymnastics and comedy improv training. In the technology industry, Adams is president and CEO of a well known email marketing software company.
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