We always hear DHT is the main cause of hair loss, but we rarely hear why it happens or how to fix it. This article will give you a brief overview about DHT and how to stop.
DHT comes from testosterone. Although testosterone in its normal form doesn’t cause hair loss, once it is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the trouble begins.
Think of DHT as a hair follicle terrorist. Once DHT exists inside the scalp, it starts attacking the root of a follicle which normally receives essential nutrition from our body for healthy hair growth.
Over time, as DHT continues to attack hair follicles, they finally give in and start shrinking (see more reasons for hair loss). This interruption of the normal hair growth process causes hair to be very thin and brittle.
The most popular herb known for a DHT blocking property is saw palmetto.
There are also a number of foods as well as herbs that are effective at inhibiting DHT production by preventing the conversion of 5a reductase enzymes. Some of the other herbs include green tea, and nettle leaves.