Testosterone and the Hair Loss Connection!
Did you know, that the main cause of hair loss in men and women is partly caused by the male hormone testosterone? Testosterone along with the enzyme, 5 alpha reductase, will produce DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This DHT hormone will attach to a hair follicle. By doing this, it blocks nutrients from getting to the hair strand and the hair follicle.
This will eventually cause the hair strand to fall out and the follicle to die. This type of hair loss is known as androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB) and/or female pattern baldness (FPB).
In men, testosterone is created in the testes. This production will begin in the fetus at about the eighth week. This hormone is responsible for the development of the male’s deep voice, and the growth of his hair, muscles and bone.
Testosterone the key hormone responsible for man’s sex drive
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In women, testosterone is made in much smaller quantities in the ovaries. It is mainly responsible for a woman’s sex drive.
Controlling Testosterone And Hair Loss
In my research I did not find any medicines or drugs that targeted testosterone to stop MPB or FPB. Most of what I found targets the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme. This enzyme is produced in the prostrate gland and adrenal glands.
I found that two herbs, Saw Palmetto (one of the ingredients of Sacred Hair Growth summery video here or on Facebook here), and Pygeum will block DHT. Saw Palmetto is probably the best known of the two. It is believed to act in two ways. First it lowers DHT by blocking the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme. Secondly it helps with controlling androgenetic alopecia, by blocking receptor sites needed to absorb DHT.
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Pygeum comes from the bark of an African evergreen tree, and acts by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, thus helping to stop the development of DHT.
If you prefer (FDA) approved drugs over natural herbs, such as Saw Palmetto or Pygeum in stopping MPB or FPB, you can try Minoxidil. This is approved for use by both men and women dealing with MPB or FPB.
Another FDA approved drug is Propecia. This is taken in pill form, but is not approved for use by women since it may cause birth defects.
You might not mind the higher cost of prescription drugs, but you might not appreciate to often horrendous side effects.
In Conclusion – Testosterone plays an important roll in causing MPB or FPB by interacting with the enzyme, 5 alpha reductase. This creates DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which blocks nutrients from reaching the hair follicle and hair strand. Those herbs and drugs used to control pattern baldness do not attack testosterone but mainly the 5 alpha reductase enzyme.
A lot of studies on hair loss are continuously going on, and much progress is taken place, and more comes to daylight what works and what doesn’t. Never the less, to successfully stop hair loss and not a simple process, as one needs to incorporate many factors. That’s why it is very important that you learn as much as possible, and then start with a brad plan that addresses every culprit for this problem.
This usually means addressing proper nutrition, a less stressed lifestyle, better sleep, loosing extra pounds, replace sodas with purified water, and less alcohol consumption. This will not only aid hair growth, but improve your health as well, and that in my opinion is a win win situation.