Natural DHT blockers are foods that can reduce and prevent hair loss if consumed on a regular basis. Read on to learn more.
Hair loss is something that we will all face at some point, thanks to growing old.
However, there are many people out there who suffer from premature hair loss. If you are one of these people, then this article may interest you as we highlight so-called natural DHT blockers or ingredients that can not only reduce hair loss but completely prevent it.
The thing that connects all of these ingredients is that they all block a hormone known as Dihydrotestosterone or DHT for short.
DHT is one of the biggest causes of hair loss. Therefore, before we look at possible solutions to hair loss, we need to understand DHT a little better.
What Is DHT And Why Is It A Problem?
When there are excessive levels of testosterone in the body, the enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase converts it into DHT. The Dihydrotestosterone sticks to the follicles of your hair and this causes hair dormant hair follicles, hair miniaturization and eventually hair loss.
In order to prevent hair loss then, you need DHT blockers. Rather than use synthetic ingredients that could do more harm than good, you should give consideration to the natural DHT blockers mentioned below.
Berries like blueberries are great natural DHT blockers. They include high levels of Vitamin C which is essential for blood circulation to and from the scalp, as this provides a sufficient supply of blood to your hair follicles.
Flavonoids are also found in berries that help circulate the blood in the scalp too, as well as Proanthocyanidins that stimulate the growth of hair by increasing change from telogen to anagen. Simply adding berries to your diet could help block DHT.
By far, avocados are one of the best naturally-occurring blockers of DHT, as they contain high amounts of iron, copper, folic acid, magnesium amino acids and proteins – of which are vital for hair to grow properly.
There are oils present in avocado that penetrate your cuticles and moisturize hair. Avocados are also rich in antioxidants and phytosterols that help unclog blocked pores and causes hair growth. Mash avocado and apply adding it to your hair when you wash it.
Almonds are often referred to as ‘hair vitamins‘ as they are protein-rich and an excellent source of biotin. You can use them to strengthen the hair follicles, thanks to the Vitamin E conditions hair follicles. Just eating soaked almonds in the morning could help give you healthy, shiny and long hair.
Tomatoes are rich in a substance known as lycopene which regulates and even inhibits the production of 5-alpha reductase which in turn decreases the levels of DHT. There are also a lot of antioxidants in tomatoes that help fight against cells that cause damage to hair follicles, leading to the hair falling out.
Beta-carotene is also found in tomatoes which can provide nutrients to your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Obviously, tomatoes can easily be added to your diet if they aren’t already, in pastes, sauces, salads and almost all of your favorite meals and recipes.
The whites of eggs are full of a protein called avidin that combines with biotin and also consist of an important amino acid known as cysteine which is found in hair keratin and aids hair growth.
Don’t worry though, as boiled or other kinds of cooked eggs contain more DHT blocking properties than raw – so just adding more eggs to your diet could help prevent hair loss.
Bananas are incredibly healthy for a multitude of reasons, but when it comes to increasing hair growth and reducing hair loss; they are essential. Among other properties, bananas are also some of the most powerful natural DHT blockers.
As well as being an excellent source of potassium which helps your circulatory system to function properly to provide enough nutrients to your follicles; they also contain Fructose-Oligosaccharides which balances the levels of bacteria in your gut.
A healthy gut helps prevents too much DHT being produced which leads to hair loss.
7. Pumpkin Seeds
What pumpkin seeds lack in size, they more than make-up for in healthy properties. They feature a plethora of important minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc to name a few and an amino acid exclusive to the seeds that help stimulate hair growth known as cucurbitin.
In addition, omega-3 fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid for improving the hair texture, quality, and growth.
There are many other natural ingredients that can be included in your diet to help stimulate hair growth and decrease or completely block the production of DHT.
As is often the case, what you put in when you eat can have a considerable impact for better or worse on your health in general and in this case, your hair’s health and growth.
Although it is a natural effect of aging to lose your hair, you can prevent it from happening too soon by blocking DHT and eating healthily.
By Valerie S.
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