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Foods which block DHT – Do they really work?

Do you suffer from hair loss but you cannot or do not want to take medication and overload your organism? In this case, you should be aware that going to a drug store it’s not the only way to deal with hair loss.

There are certain natural substances that protect the health of the hair, as they act selectively on the cause of hair loss. And yes, you can expect results.

DHT -The “guilty” hormone

It is commonly known that one of the most significant cause of male hair loss or male pattern baldness is the high levels of dihydrotestoterone (DHT) in the organism. In fact, this is a very powerful hormone, which belongs to the family of androgens and is due to the conversion of testosterone.

Dihydrotestoterone (DHT) is the hormone that enhances the masculine characteristics of men and contributes to their high levels of performance. The problem is that as years pass by, the high levels of DHT causes to 2 basic concerns: the enlargement of the prostate and androgenetic alopecia.

Scientific studies have shown that when the levels of DHT increase, hair starts shedding. Several pharmaceutical products are developed all aiming at the DHT inhibition. In several cases though, these products may have side effects.

Research has shown that pharmaceutical DHT blockers can minimize the levels of the hormone to a great extend reaching 70%. Despite their effectiveness, there are side effects such as:

  • Libido decrease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Abnormal or absence of ejaculation
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Depression
  • Gynecomastia

If you are determined to resort to more natural treatments that can help with hair loss, the good news is that there are natural products that can reduce DHT’s levels. Actually, there are scientific studies available for some of them that confirm their effectiveness. Which are the best natural DHT blockers?

Here is the Top 5 Natural DHT Block methods

Natural DHT Block no1: Serenoa repens (Saw Palmetto)

Serenoa (Serenoa repens or else Saw Palmetto) is a small palm tree which mainly grows in Southeastern America. Sereona grows in warm climate and its height goes up to 3meters. Several scientific studies have proved its beneficial activity due to the fruit’s active ingredients which mainly are: fatty acids in the form of triglycerides, phytosterols, polysaccharides, carotenoids, vitamin E and flavonoids. The main mechanism of action lies in the ability of these particular fatty acids to inhibit the action of the enzyme 5α-reductase  It’s the enzyme which helps testosterone to convert in its androgenic form, which is dihydrotestoterone (DHT).

It’s worth mentioning that in a study published in 2014 in the “BMC Cancer” inspection, in the 38% of hair loss sufferers who followed a Serenoa only treatment a significant increase of hair regrowth was found, whereas the 68% who followed medical treatments based on finasteride.

Natural DHT Block no2: Pumpkin Seed

The oil that is extracted from the pumpkin seeds has a steroid substance- delta-7 sterine – which prohibits the production of DHT. Its action has been proved in several studies, where it was observed that delta-7 sterine doesn’t allow the DHT formation in the hair follicle therefore DHT is not allowed to affect the hair life cycle and force it to a faster catagen phase.

Natural DHT Block no3: Food with lycopene

Lycopene is a very powerful antioxidant substance which acts similarly with Serenoa. In other words, it inhibits the action of 5α-reductase. In order to increase the amount of lycopene through your daily nutrition you may eat abundant amounts of tomatoes, watermelon, carrots. Mangoes, papaya and pink grapefruit. Note: Contrary to other nutrients, the accumulation of lycopene does not go away but it is increased in processed foods. Therefore, it is recommended to consume tomato in its concentrated form.

Natural DHT Block no4: Foods with L-lycine

L-lycine is basic amino acid that is recommended to be taken through nutrition as it cannot be produced by the human organism. Scientific researches have correlated L-lycine with the health of the hair. Foods that contain L-lycine are almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, veel and poultry, cheese, beans and eggs.

Natural DHT Block no5: Foods high in Zinc

Zinc is one of the most important trace elements of the organism and help in the renewal of the cells and is also linked scientifically with the inhibition of DHT action. Foods high in Zinc are spinach, cashews, wheat germs, red beans, oats and quinoa.

Dermatology Treatments without medication

Beside the above-mentioned additions to your diet, you should be aware that there are several treatments applied by a modern dermatology clinic which acts naturally against hair loss. One of the most effective treatments is Low Level Laser Treatment, the same goes for Carboxytherapy which causes enhanced oxygenation in the scalp, encouraging hair follicles nutrition. The Autologous Mesotherapy PRP (platelet-rich plasma) which is based on platelet-rich plasma injections, well known for its regenerative and rejuvenative properties, is highly effective.