DHT Blocker Food Theories and Recommendations 

If you suffer from hair loss, you may have heard mention of “DHT Blockers.” Generally, this title refers to a lab-made product, whether a medicine, cream, or shampoo. However, there is some evidence that you can naturally block the production of DHT by including certain foods in your diet. Many men who suffer from male pattern baldness have reported outstanding results after simply altering their diet, allowing the healthful foods they eat to naturally block DHT and stop their hair loss in its tracks.

We have taken these reports, as well as some scientific evidence into account and created a list of foods we think to be effective in blocking the production of DHT, as well as a few diet change recommendations you can implement daily as a productive part of your hair growth routine.

DHT and Hair Loss: What We Do and Don’t Know

Many studies have shown a direct link between excessive amounts of the DHT hormone and hair loss, especially due to male pattern baldness. In addition, many men have seen great results when treating their hair loss by blocking the production of DHT. However, researchers have not been able to derive any evidence as to why or how DHT causes hair loss, and only theories exist.

One of the most popular of these theories is the belief that DHT binds with the androgen receptors in the hair follicles on the scalp, causing them to shrink in size and for the “growing” phase of hair growth to become shorter. Simultaneously, the shrinking of the hair follicle, which many researchers call “miniaturizing,” causes the last phase, in which the hair follicle is dormant, to be extended.

Eventually, these phases become so disproportionate that the new hair growth is little to none, does not bond with the old hair, and eventually falls out, just before the follicle lays dormant again. According to this theory, this can cause the rapid and extensive hair loss seen in cases of male pattern baldness. 

What Is A DHT Blocker and How Does It Work?

Researchers have struggled with finding a cure to hair loss in men, and related technology is advancing daily. However, DHT blockers, designed to prevent the production of some of the body’s DHT, have been tested with beneficial effects by men of all ages.

DHT blockers can come in many forms but are most commonly found as topical solutions. DHT blocking shampoo is one of these popular solutions.

DHT blockers work by blocking the production of the enzyme 5a-reductase. This enzyme is a catalyst for the chemical process that changes testosterone into DHT. Therefore, blocking a percentage of the 5a-reductase your body makes will in turn block some of the DHT created. Lower DHT levels may help slow or stop hair loss due to male pattern baldness. 

Foods That Block DHT Naturally

Several foods contain vitamins and minerals that work with the body to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Some people choose to go all natural, treating their hair loss solely with DHT blocking foods, which means eating all of the following foods in pretty high quantities.

However, DHT blocking foods can be used in combination with other treatments in order to boost the effects, helping you see an end to your hair loss problem. Some of these DHT blocking foods include:

Mangoes, Carrots, Watermelon, and Tomatoes
  • Oyster, Lamb, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Wheat Germ Oil, Spinach, White Mushrooms, Dark Chocolate, and Beans: These foods all contain noticeable amounts of Zinc, a mineral that is well-known for its ability to inhibit the production of DHT.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Seeds from a pumpkin contain a certain steroid, delta-7 stearine, which doesn’t necessarily block the production of DHT, but does stop DHT from attaching to your hair follicles. Pumpkin seeds also contain fair amounts of Zinc.
  • Mangoes, Carrots, Watermelon, and Tomatoes: These fruits and root vegetables all contain some amount of Lycopene. Lycopene acts as a DHT inhibitor, decreasing the production of the 5a-reductase enzyme needed to convert testosterone to DHT.
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    Almonds, Pecans, Peanuts, and Walnuts: These nuts are full of L-Lysine, an amino acid that works similarly to Lycopene to inhibit 5a-reductase and therefore decrease DHT levels.
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    Eggs, Sweet Potato, Salmon, Cauliflower: These foods are rich in the mineral Biotin, which doesn’t necessarily block the production of DHT, but it considerations the scalp and promotes the health of hair follicles and hair cells. Biotin-rich foods are a great inclusion in your daily hair growth routine.

Other herbs and foods that have been found to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT include nettle root, extract from the saw palmetto fruit and pygeum. Some of these herbal remedies have been used for ages to treat hair loss.

Recommendations on How to Combat Hair Loss Naturally with Diet Changes

How to Combat Hair Loss Naturally with Diet Changes

Many men choose to treat their hair loss, or male pattern baldness, without medications. This can be accomplished by changing your diet to include more DHT blocking foods. However, it is important to note that it takes high volumes of most of these foods to match the DHT blocking power of many lab made medications.

In most cases, men who have seen results from using DHT blocking foods have included one or more of these foods to every meal. Here are some suggestions on how to effortlessly add more DHT blocking power to your daily meal plan.

  • Try eggs for breakfast. Eggs are quick and easy so that you can start your natural hair growth routine first thing in the morning, without too much effort.
  • Carry snacks: Snacks like some of the nuts and seeds listed below are easy to package and carry along during your daily activities. Snacking on these healthy foods is not only great for your metabolism but keeps a constant supply of DHT blocking minerals in your body.
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    Stay hydrated: Poor hydration affects your body in so many negative ways. Poor hydration can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, therefore eating DHT blocking foods could be pointless without proper hydration.