How to Reduce DHT

Updated April 17, 2017

Many men all over the world suffering from hair loss point their fingers at DHT. DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is a body hormone and the leading cause of baldness. When the hormone binds to the hair follicle, the hair growth cycle is thrown off and causes the hair follicles to weaken and fall out. The surrounding area is also affected and stops growing new hairs. There are various natural methods to reduce DHT and potentially slow hair loss.

Shampoo hair daily with a good shampoo. You can use a shampoo that contains the herb Shen Min. This herb prevents the growth of DHT and can be purchased in health food stores.

Take green tea tablets, two after each meal. You can also drink the equivalent five cups in liquid form if you prefer. Green tea contains flavonols and catechins that help limit DHT as well as cholesterol.

Consume more seafood. Seafood, especially shell fish, contains Zinc. Zinc has been shown to reduce the production of DHT.

Increase soy intake. Soybeans contain isoflavones which limit DHT production. Aim to eat four tofu dishes per week.

Use pumpkin seed oil. Rub it onto scalp before bedtime for three months. Pumpkin seed oil inhibits the production of DHT.

Swallow nettle tablets each day with two glasses of water. Nettle is a herb that reduces DHT and is known for its healing abilities.

Consume saw palmetto capsules twice a day. Saw palmetto stops DHT formation and opens hair follicles to proteins leading to thicker hair.


Use a seven-day pillbox to keep your supplements organised.


Follow instructions included with supplements to prevent discomfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Green tea tablets
  • Sea food
  • Soy
  • Pumpkin seed oil
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About the Author

Based in West Windsor, N.J., Allison Melman has been writing health- and travel-related articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Salon" and "Better Health" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Connecticut State University.