Hair loss can affect all men, women and even children. There are various causes behind hair loss, including chemotherapy, stress, thyroid disorders, low iron…etc.
But the major and common causes are your genes, your nutritional status and the androgen hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which derives from testosterone.
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which is produced in hair follicles. Old cells are pushed out through the skin as follicles produce new hair cells. And that’s how hair grows.
DHT is the hormone behind hair loss, and is five times more potent than testosterone. It causes the hair follicles to shrink, have shorter lifespan and it also reduces the hair production.
1. Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto works on your hair by stopping testosterone from being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As high levels of DHT are related to hair loss, high levels of DHT are related to hair growth.
When the conversion is stopped, testosterone levels rise. Meaning that it can reduce hair loss and improve hair growth. The usual dosage recommended is 160 mg twice a day.
2. Pygeum (Prunus Africana)
Pygeum is one of the leading natural solutions to hair loss alongside saw palmetto, it works as a natural DHT blocker, by blocking an enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase, from changing testosterone into DHT. According to University of Michigan’s Health Department, the pygeum dosage recommended is 200 mg a day.
3. Nettle Root
The plant’s root can be used in preparations to help reduce or prevent hair loss. Nettle root works by blocking the 5-alpha reductase enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT. It may also prevent age-related hair loss in men and women. Multiple shampoos consist of nettle extract.
4. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds contain a steroid known as delta-7 stearine, which blocks DHT production and prevent its buildup in the hair follicle, thus DHT won’t be able to affect the hair follicles.
Raw pumpkin seeds have some specific benefits for hair loss prevention, and also protection against prostate problems in men.
5. Tomatoes, Watermelon, Carrots and Mangoes
These four foods consist of lycopene which naturally restricts DHT through inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase from the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
6. Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts and Pecans
These goodies are highly rich in L-lysine, which is a natural DHT blocker. Almonds are an excellent source of biotin (Vitamin B7), also called the hair vitamin, and is essential in forming keratin.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which promote action and production of hormones affecting hair growth. Peanuts have zinc, which is required for normal division of hair follicle cells. And Pecans are a good source of iron, which helps combat hair loss.
7. Spinach, Kale, Cashews, Wheat Germ and Cooked White Mushrooms
These foods are beneficial for preventing and treating hair loss, as they are mainly high in zinc which helps in building healthy cells, regulating hormones and in the absorption of other nutrients. It is very important to make sure you’re providing yourself with the right amount of zinc, and not too much or too little.
8. Green Tea
One of the most active constituents of green tea is Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG), that also works as a blocker of DHT formation. Green tea has been affirmed to significantly decrease DHT blood levels.
Fenugreek seeds, also called methi, are extremely beneficial in hair fall and hair loss, as they have great capabilities of hair regrowth. Whichever way fenugreek is used and applied (mask, paste or oil), it gives benefits in controlling hair fall, prevention of premature greys and making hair roots stronger as well as generally enhancing the hair texture.
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