Green tea has been credited with many benefits including working as an antioxidant. Researchers now find that green tea also helps with slowing down hair loss. Consuming green tea has shown to have a regulating effect on levels of SHBG which is lower in balding men compared to non-balding men. This is due to a polyphenol known as epigallocatechin 3-gallate or commonly called EGCG contained in green tea. EGCG not only credited with slowdown of hair loss but also considered as stimulant to grow back lost hair. EGCG inhibits a molecule known as Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) that cause hair loss. However, researchers do not know how much green tea one needs to consume daily to get the maximum benefit. Others find that drinking large amounts of green tea affects DHT, a compound linked to hair growth.
Another study conducted at a Seoul, South Korean university found that ten percent concentration of EGCG mixed in with ethanol applied to the scalp stimulated dermal papilla (DPC) hair cells causing elongation of hair. This and other studies show that green tea also improves the scalp and improve hair health. Even though green tea may not a cure for hair loss drinking it may bring some relief.