Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone that's naturally produced in the body and plays a major role in developing certain masculine characteristics such as the prostate, muscle growth, deep voice, and hair. This hormone is a modified form of testosterone. Despite the fact that most people don't have to worry about their DHT levels, excessive levels of this hormone can cause hair loss. High levels of DHT block essential nutrients from reaching the hair follicles, which causes hair to degrade, shrink, and eventually stop growing thus leading to baldness. There are said to be several ways to reduce DHT levels to give hair a survival chance and in this article we will take a closer look at what some of these are. 
Diet 
There are several foods that are natural DHT blockers. For instance, vegetable foods rich in zinc contain phytosterol, which blocks DHT production and reduce areas on the scalp and hair follicles where DHT can attach itself. These foods include spinach, white mushroom, kale, etc. Foods rich in lycopene such as tomatoes, watermelons, carrots, and mangoes naturally block DHT production. Biotin-rich foods like berries, liver, legumes, oily fish, and bananas condition the skin and scalp creating an overall healthy environment for strong hair. Other foods to include in the diet are soybeans, pumpkin seeds. Black pepper, sesame seeds, and bone soup. 
 
Chemical stimulation 
This requires those experiencing baldness to apply a mixture of hair growing ingredients such as emu oil and pumpkin seed oil, which acts as DHT blockers to their scalp. Doing this is said to improve hair growth and the blood circulation on the scalp. 
 
Use 5AR Inhibitors 
5AR Inhibitors prevent the body from converting testosterone to DHT. Medications such as Dutasteride, Topical Minoxidil, and Finasteride are approved by medical professionals to treat male pattern baldness. You can find out more on this by visiting our [alopecia treatment] page. 
 
Use DHT blocker shampoo 
DHT blocker shampoo contains compounds that inhibit DHT production. It also reduces the production of Alpha 5 Reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. These shampoos have ingredients like pumpkin seeds, nettle extract, flax seeds, Aloe Vera, sesame seeds, saw palmetto, and Azelaic Acid. These shampoos work to reduce excess DHT on the scalp, as well as unclog blocked pores, cleanse the scalp, improve blood flow in the scalp, and give hair a healthier general outlook. Some people find mixed results with this kind of method. 
 
Lifestyle changes 
Practicing a healthy lifestyle can help reduce DHT levels naturally. This includes regular exercise, quit smoking, reduce stress, take time to rest, and do scalp exercises like massages to reduce tension and increase blood flow. 
 
Herbal DHT blockers 
The herbal route is also an effective natural way to reduce DHT in the body. Some of the herbal DHT blockers include stinging nettle, pygeum bark, green tea, and, saw palmetto. 
 
Exfoliation 
Cleansing the scalp is one of the simplest, natural ways to curb the frustrating effects of DHT on the scalp. Exfoliation involves removing any present build-up from the scalp while cleaning. Dead skin and excess sebum on the scalp that may clog the pores are also cleaned. 
 
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