Natural DHT Blockers
Studies have found that there are clinically shown natural ways to blocking DHT buildup. Dihydrotestosterone is a by-product of testosterone that originates in the adrenal glands, hair follicles, testicles and prostate gland. Enhanced levels of DHT can lead to hair loss.
The average person typically loses about 100 hairs daily. Fortunately, the number of hairs lost per day will not affect the appearance of the hair. DHT causes hair loss to accelerate over time and even causes the follicles to miniaturized and stop producing hair altogether. Fortunately, there are natural herbs that are clinically shown to block DHT without harsh side effects. These natural DHT blockers include:
The FDA, approved the use of pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil for the treatment of prostate disorders. According to the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines,” the DHT-blocking effects of pumpkin seed stem from the presence of unusual amino acids such as cucurbitin, as well as several plant steroids, particularly delta-7-sterols.
Saw palmetto is a palm like plant with berries that were a staple food and used for medicinal purposes by the Native Americans of the southeastern United States. The anti-androgen effects of saw palmetto are directly related to the inhibition of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase type II, which is required to convert testosterone into DHT.
A group of researchers from the Harvard Medical School reported in the February 2003 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition” that green tea significantly reduced DHT and testosterone concentration in the blood. Other studies have been published about the DHT fighting effects of green tea.
Won Seok Park of the Skin Research Institute in South Korea reported in the April 2003 issue of “Journal of Dermatological Science” that treatment [applied topically] with Thuja occidentalis extract effectively inhibited 5-alpha-reductase type II.
L-Lysine is an essential amino acid for the human body, however our bodies cannot produce this amino acid. So we have to get it from other sources. These sources can come from food or natural supplements. British researchers at the University of Portsmouth reported that L-lysine was proven to deter female hair loss. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology reports that gamma-linolenic acid also appears to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase. It is important to note that L-Lysine is is a better treatment when coupled with other effective hair loss treatments.
These natural dht inhibitors have been demonstrated byresearchers to be effective at blocking dht. Of course, if you are thinking about including such supplements to your diet, you should consult with your physician.