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Do Natural DHT Blockers Really Stop Hair Loss?

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In this article, we’ll give you the real deal on natural DHT blockers. Are they worth your time and investment? This is everything you need to know about natural DHT blockers.

What are DHT blockers? 

Male pattern baldness, the most common cause of balding in men. It’s caused by excessive levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is an inherited condition that can cause a sensitivity to this testosterone byproduct. 

DHT plays a major role in male pattern baldness. This hormone is thought to miniaturize the hair follicles, resulting in progressive hair loss. When DHT-related hair loss is left untreated it can permanently damage the hair follicles. 

A DHT blocker, or a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, stops testosterone from converting into DHT -- thus curbing the effects of DHT-related hair loss. 

What are natural DHT blockers?

People might be looking for a way to forgo taking pharmaceuticals and are seeking a natural DHT blocker. However, research is limited on the effectiveness of natural DHT blockers. 

Dosing and limitations are not fully understood either. However, FDA-approved options Finasteride are rigorously tested and their effectiveness is well understood and proven. 

The more popular natural DHT blockers you’ll see people talking about are: pumpkin seed oil, green tea, caffeine, fenugreek, saw palmetto, and stinging nettle. 

Do natural DHT blockers work? 

We don’t have sufficient studies to support their use as a complete hair loss solution. 

Some natural compounds have some DHT inhibiting effects, but the degree of effectiveness is not yet understood. Nor is effective dosing or the effects of long-term use. 

Some promising studies using rosemary oil suggest mild DHT inhibiting effects. Pumpkin seed oil shows some promise as well, however, there aren’t enough studies to know for certain the extent and limitation of this treatment.

Don’t be a guinea pig 

Here’s the thing -- male pattern hair loss is progressive. The sooner you nip it in the bud, the better off your hairline will be. 

If you opt for the natural-only route, you may or may not get results. If it’s the latter, your inherited condition is only worsening with time. Reversing the follicle damage that male pattern hair loss can cause is difficult. 

There is no cure for male pattern baldness, but studies have proven that some medications can stop or slow the progression. 

If you want to try natural remedies, it’s best to try to combine your efforts with a proven treatment so your condition doesn’t worsen. 

What’s the most effective DHT blocker?

Inhibiting hormone conversion is a tricky thing. Popping a stinging nettle pill is not going to reliably help in that arena I’m afraid. 

The only FDA-approved DHT blocker on the market for hair loss is finasteride aka Propecia. Here at Strut Health, we prescribe finasteride in a gel topical form or in tablet form. Topical finasteride vs oral tablets may lessen the risk of side effects.  

The takeaway 

Natural substances might have some DHT blocking component, but that doesn’t mean it’s a reliable or safe treatment for DHT-related hair loss. 

Natural DHT blockers may play a supporting role, but they are not yet seen as a solution by any means. If you’re dealing with male pattern baldness, early treatment is the best way to forward to avoid permanent follicle damage. Try natural treatments as a supporting treatment, if you still want to go that route. 

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