Is green tea and chocolate any good for hair? Green tea has been touted for many ailments. But does it play a role in hair regrowth? It has many beneficial antioxidant properties.
Green tea extract has polyphenols and EGCG's. These are considered the part of the tea with medicinal properties. When you drink green tea it is important to make sure that you know the amount of polyphenols it is providing.
A study was published showing that Green Tea contains EGCG or epigallocatechin-3-gallate a major part of polyphenols. An excerpt from this study states, "Recently, it was reported that EGCG might be useful in the prevention or treatment of androgenetic alopecia by selectively inhibiting 5alpha-reductase activity.
The study also states, "EGCG promoted hair growth in hair follicles ex vivo culture and the proliferation of cultured DPCs. The growth stimulation of DPCs by EGCG in vitro may be mediated through the upregulations of phosphorylated Erk and Akt and by an increase in the ratio of Bcl-2/Bax ratio. Similar results were also obtained in in vivo dermal papillae of human scalps. Thus, we suggest that EGCG stimulates human hair growth through these dual proliferative and anti-apoptotic effects on DPCs."
If you are sensitve to caffeine or suffer from palpitations or tachycardia or irregular heart beats we suggest avoiding green tea or black tea. But green tea has less caffeine than a cup of coffee. Typcially a cup of tea has between 40-60 mg per serving.
A cup of coffee has between 70-150 mg of caffeine. And synthetic caffeine can be bitter. Many soft drinks contain synthetic caffeine. It is important to make sure the caffeine is all natural.
And we should also mention that too much caffeine can cause hair loss. So you want to be cautious of energy drinks.
Chocolate is a superfood when you consider chocolate products with a cocoa content of 70% and above. Dark chocolate is full of potent antioxidants and contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthy and beautiful. It is not only good for your health but the pure form of cacao is also great for your hair. Cacao adds shine and rebuilds the hair’s structure. Dark chocolate helps in promoting blood circulation in the scalp and it is also found to be very effective in reducing hair loss. Moreover, cocoa butter can be used as a hot oil treatment to condition your hair.
In summary, we have seen that green tea can enhance hair growth and when used in conjunction with the proper protein, hair regrowth can occur. By using chocolate and cocoa butter products on your hair, you can enjoy the delightful chocolate aroma and take advantage of the benefits of antioxidants, vitamin and mineral. A guilt free pleasure resulting in shiny and voluminous hair.