Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), is a hormone produced in hair follicles, adrenal glands (for both sexes), and testicles and prostrate glands (for men). DHT is similar to testosterone in that it plays a significant role in the development of female and male characteristics. A rise in the level of DHT leads to an enlarged and swollen prostate and hair loss. It leads to baldness due to the lack of nutrients and blockage of hair follicles.
The strategy to counter hair loss is by blocking DHT, which can be done by consuming certain foods.
Eating pumpkin seeds is one of the best remedies for the prevention of DHT increase. The amino acids are high in pumpkin seeds, which slows the production of DHT. Pumpkin seeds can be consumed raw, or pumpkin seed oil can be used for treating prostrate disorders.
Green tea has EGCG, which blocks the formation of DHT. It also reduces the cells in the prostrate by stopping DHT from producing and promoting cell death.
Use rosemary as a as a hair rinse to unclog hair follicles. It increases blood circulation in the scalp, and aids in fighting against free radicals as it contains antioxidants. You can also consume it in food, or use its oil to massage on the scalp.
Aloe vera has numerous benefits, and using it on your scalp will bring back the hair as it restores the hair’s natural pH level.
Ginseng raises the flow of blood and increases the circulation throughout the body. Use it daily to increase hair growth.
Almonds contain L-lysine, which has the power to inhibit DHT. Almonds are also rich in proteins, which aids in the growth of new hair. Consume a handful of almonds as a snack daily.
Bananas are a rich source of biotin, which prevents the testosterone from forming active forms of DHT. Bananas also have potassium, which increases the circulatory system and brings nutrients to the scalp.
Egg yolks are another source of biotin, which reduces DHT production. It contains important fatty acids that are needed for hair growth. Eat a sunny side up egg every morning, or apply a raw egg to the scalp before every hair wash.
Zinc is rich in cashews, which stops testosterone from turning DHT active. Cashews are rich in minerals that are needed for hair growth as well.
Carrots contain lycopene, which is a substance that inhibits DHT naturally. Eat carrots raw, or squeeze out its juice to aid in reducing DHT levels.
Mangoes are another source of lycopene, which aids in reducing the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Mangoes contain vitamin C as well that heals damaged scalps.