Are There Foods That Successfully Block Dht To Reduce Hair Loss? Which Ones?
Yes! It’s not a conventional way to treat hair loss but diet does play a huge role in male pattern baldness! Foods high in polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acids have been shown to be effective 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. 5-alpha reductase is what converts testosterone to DHT (the hair loss hormone). Such foods include: Nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans, etc.) Seeds (flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.) Vegetable oils (sunflower, corn, poppy seed, etc.) But just eating more of these foods is unlikely to stop hair loss completely. Instead, you need to avoid certain kinds of foods, namely, ones which raise blood sugar levels. The reason for this is that increased blood sugar causes more insulin to be released. Hormones in the body are in balance with one another and high insulin levels leads to reduced sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) levels. SHBG binds to DHT, which stops DHT from binding to hair follicles and causing hair loss. So, basically, more insulin -> less SHBG -> more available DHT. In short, get more omega 6 fatty acids in your diet and cut out sugar and high GI/GL foods to reduce DHT and prevent hair loss. Something like a paleo diet is good for this. Footnote Continue reading >>