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How To Reduce DHT: Evidence-Based Methods (2022)

In this article, we will cover the most effective ways to reduce DHT and stop hair loss. But first, let us briefly discuss the role of this hormone in alopecia.

Trying to treat hair loss is a challenging task, even for doctors. For this reason, you will inevitably come across an ad that promotes some “magical” remedy that will cure your hair loss in a “few days”.

For people who deal with androgenic alopecia, learning more about this condition and the scientific ways to treat it will shield you from fake promotions.

Just remember that androgenic alopecia is the direct result of elevated DHT levels. What is DHT? We will answer that in a jiffy.

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What is DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is an androgen that results from the metabolism of testosterone. It contributes to the development of male sex characteristics, such as body hair and deep voice.

High levels of DHT can shrink the hair follicles and shorten their cycle, which makes your hair thinner and brittle. Moreover, this hormone can prolong the time needed for hair follicles to grow again, further contributing to balding.

How to reduce DHT naturally?

Include these foods in your diet:

Green tea

During production, green tea leaves get steamed, which preserves most of its natural components. This is not the case for oolong and black tea leaves.

As a result, a key compound known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is maintained, which helps hair follicles to grow.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fatty acids block the production of DHT when given orally.

Using coconut oil to cook your food will also improve other aspects of your health, which eventually prevents hair loss.

Onions

Onions are extremely rich in an antioxidant known as quercetin. In various studies, this compound managed to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT by blocking the action of alpha-5 reductase.

When combined with conventional hair loss medications, quercetin seemed to boost the action of these drugs.

How to reduce DHT with medications?

Minoxidil

A classic hair loss medication is minoxidil – available in the 2% and 5% forms. It stimulates hair growth by increasing the growth phase cycle while shortening the resting cycle.

This drug also improves blood flow to the hair follicles.

Finasteride

Finasteride is an oral medication that blocks the action of alpha-5 reductase, an enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to DHT.

When first introduced, this drug was used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Today, it is one of the most common drugs to reverse androgenic alopecia.

We should note that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contraindicates the use of this drug in pregnant women as it can harm the development of genitals in male fetuses.

Try light therapy

Light therapy does not directly block the production of DHT. However, low-level laser light therapy (LLLT) seems to help individuals with androgenetic alopecia.

In one study, researchers found that patients who received 26 weeks of LLLT had a significant hair density growth relative to those who got a placebo.

Takeaway message

Lowering your DHT levels will undoubtedly slow down the process of hair loss, and in some cases, prevent it altogether. However, make sure to speak with your primary care physician or dermatologist before trying any suspicious methods.

We hope that this article helped you understand the role of DHT in hair loss, as well as the steps you can take to reduce its levels.

If you have any questions about DHT, feel free to drop a comment in the section below or reach out to us by clicking on this link.

Dr. Zac Hyde M.D.
Dr. Zac Hyde M.D. is a certified physician who works online as a medical writer. He owns a blog and has published numerous eBooks. Zac writes articles about medicine, fitness, and nutrition-related topics.

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