Red clover is a wild flowering plant that belongs to the same family as peas and beans. Biochanin A is an isoflavone found in red clover that has anti-inflammatory, cancer preventive, and neuroprotective properties. Red clover has been used as an ingredient in hair loss supplements.
- The in vitro evidence suggests that biochanin A might inhibit 5α-reductase activity. 5α-reductase is responsible for catalyzing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and increased activity (and subsequent increased DHT) is linked to the formation of androgenetic alopecia. Furthermore, red clover extract has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties which may be beneficial for those with hair loss disorders.
- The only clinical evidence we could find was a topical mixture of red clover extract in combination with another compound called acetyl-tetrapeptide-3 in participants with hair loss for 4 months. The topical mixture treatment led to a significant increase in the density of growing hairs and a reduction in non-growing hairs.
- Our experience tracking members: red clover extract is not enough to improve hair loss outcomes.