DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone, which is an androgen hormone. 5α-reductase, an enzyme, synthesizes DHT in the adrenal glands, hair follicles, testes and prostate. High levels of DHT are associated with two not so nice things: Male pattern baldness and Benign prostatic hyperplasia – a size increase in the prostate gland. For now though, we are just going to address its effect on the hair.
Male pattern baldness, also known by its clinical name androgenetic alopecia is caused by the hair follicle’s sensitivity to DHT. It all starts with testosterone, which gets converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
DHT, in turn, gets on and into your scalp follicles. The follicles reduce in size, causing thinner hair with a shorter lifespan and eventually disappear altogether, resulting in baldness. Simultaneously, excess DHT restricts blood flow to the capillaries, which provide hair with the tools for growth, that’s why most modern hair loss products are all about ‘increasing blood flow’ and ‘energising the scalp’, I’m sure you are familiar with these expressions .
So, how do we reduce the adverse effects of DHT and is there a way to reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT naturally?
For information on how to reduce DHT, please read our article on: Saw Palmetto Benefits