Androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, strikes fear in most men. It’s a disease that is thought of as inevitable and incurable – something that can only be delayed by a few years but not prevented. Personally, I started having a receding hairline at the age of 15, but it seems to have halted for the most part. My father and all of my uncles on both sides are bald, so it’s something that’s likely to hit if I don’t take prophylactic action.
Luckily, science has made great strides in identifying the underlying causes of baldness and we have a substantial level of knowledge about substances which can block these actions, most of which have little to no side effects. I will discuss in this series the underlying causes of baldness and steps that can be taken to counteract this terrible malady.
The most known cause of baldness relates to the formation of a hormone called DHT. We get DHT when an enzyme called 5α-reductase converts testosterone into DHT. Propecia is a drug treatment that blocks this enzyme and in turn stops the conversion to DHT. The result is less DHT. Unfortunately, propecia has side effects. There’s persistent sexual side effects of finasteride for male pattern hair loss. These include diminished libido and erectile dysfunction and depression in a subset of patients. Some men grow boobies. That’s fine with me if that’s you’re thing, but these aren’t risks I’m willing to take.
I take a different approach to prevention and treatment of disease. Drugs are highly specific in their actions but also have more side effects. Natural substances are usually not as specific and therefore less potent, but also carry fewer side effects. This is why if you choose to attack MPB with natural substances you will likely need to combine more than one supplement at a time. Personally, there’s no supplement that I take that only accomplishes one thing that I wish it to accomplish. Natural substances usually have multiple effects on the body and if they accomplish enough of what I want them to then I include it in my regimen.
These are substances/foods that are in my regimen that inhibit DHT formation:
-Flaxseeds, Fenugreek, Soy, Tea, Chyawanprash, Longvida Curcumin, Ginseng, Zinc, Reishi, Berberine (with meals), Black pepper, Fo-Ti , Copper (high starch-based diet- do not supplement), Nettle, Andrographis, PUFAs-especially GLA, vitamin B2(from diet),
There are other other causes, which I will get to at some future time.