Stop Hair Loss by Eating These 18 DHT Blocking Foods
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The Cause of DHT Related Hair Loss

DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is a sex hormone is produced in hair follicles and adrenal glands in both sexes, as well as in the prostate and testes in men. Both sexes also produce the hormone testosterone. When the body's hormones are out of balance and produce too much testosterone, DHT blocks follicles from growing hair and balding is the result. The goal of eating foods that block excessive DHT production is to stop hair loss naturally, without having to take medications, or as a support for medications you may already be taking.

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Here are some foods you can eat now to block Excessive DHT Production and re-grow your hair.

Method 1: Almonds

Almonds are rich in L-lysine, which is a powerful DHT inhibitor. Almonds are also a healthy vegan source of protein that supports the growth of new hair. They are also rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, the "good" fats that are needed to produce healthy strands of hair with great tensile strength (meaning hair that is less likely to break).

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    Eat a handful of almonds every day as a snack to inhibit DHT.
    A handful of almonds is a powerful DHT blocker.
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    Sprinkle crushed almonds on your cereal in the morning.
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    Add almonds as a topping to baked fish dishes for dinner.
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Method 2: Bananas

Bananas are a vegetarian source of biotin, which helps prevent testosterone from converting into the active forms of DHT that causes balding. Bananas are a good source of potassium, which helps the circulatory system work to efficiently bring nutrients to the scalp. Bananas also contain FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that help maintain healthy gut bacteria, which in turn, helps reduce DHT overproduction.

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    Eat a banana, rather than a chocolate bar as a snack.
    Eat a banana to enjoy a sweat DHT-blocking treat.
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    Slice bananas and top with yogurt for a high protein treat.
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    Add bananas to smoothies to give them the added kick of biotin and potassium.
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Method 3: Egg Yolks

Egg yolks contain biotin, which is a nutrient that helps subdue the effects of DHT production. Egg yolks also help the body create essential fatty acids, which are necessary for growing healthy hair. The sulfur that occurs naturally in egg yolks can also help you grow thick long locks. Eggs are also an excellent source of protein and protein is what helps grow hair.

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    For best results, order eggs sunny side up or over easy so that the DHT blocking ability of biotin in eggs is not destroyed by overcooking.
    The biotin in eggs is a DHT blocker.
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    Eat poached eggs, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of the cooked egg yolk.
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    Eat eggs Benedict, which features poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce; a sauce made of egg yolks.
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Method 4: Cashews

Cashews are very rich in zinc, which directly stops testosterone from converting into the active forms of DHT that can cause baldness. Cashews are also very high in minerals that prompt the re-growth of hair, including copper, phosphorus, manganese, manganese and zinc.

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    Eat a handful of salted or unsalted cashews every day as a snack to slow down DHT production.
    Cashews are rich in zinc which help block DHT.
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    Top your desserts with cashew cream, made by blending water and cashews in a high-speed blender.
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    Combine chicken with cashews, green beans and spices for a high protein, nutritious meal that blocks DHT production.
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Method 5: Carrots

Carrots are a rich source of lycopene, a substance that inhibits DHT naturally by damping down the effects of 5 alpha reeducate, the active constituent of testosterone that produces DHT.

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    Eat a raw carrot every day to help halt DHT hair loss.
    The darker the carrot the more lycopene it may contain.
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    Drink carrot juice combined with mango juice, which will give you a double dose of DHT-blocking lycopene.
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    Roasted carrot with a high protein dish like lamb or beef to really enhance your hair's chances for re-growth
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Method 6: Kale

Kale is high in zinc, a mineral that halts the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Kale also contains Isothiocyanates that play a primary role in the detoxification of excess hormones from the body. Kale also contains 45 flavonoids that help fight diseases of the scalp follicles as well as reduce hair follicle inflammation. Hair follicle inflammation is the first sign that an excess of DHT production is about to or is causing hair loss.

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    Stir-fry kale with garlic and serve it as a side dish.
    Stir fry kale with garlic for a delicious DHT-blocking dish that also prevents scalp infections.
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    Eat kale raw in salads to enjoy the full detoxifying benefits of this leafy green.
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    Make kale chips by seasoning and roasting the leaves in the oven for twenty minutes and eating them as a snack.
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Method 7: Mangoes

Mangoes are a delicious source of lycopene, which helps reduce the conversion of testosterone into DHT. They are a rich source of Vitamin C, which helps heal damaged scalps, and also vitamin E, which is a healer of the skin. Mangos are best eaten raw.

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    Mangoes are delicious served sliced and eaten raw.
    Raw mango chunks help reduce DHT in scalp follicles.
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    Simply blend mangoes with ice to make a nutritious DHT blocking drink.
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    Top sliced mangoes with cashew cream for a delicious treat that that is doubly effective at blocking DHT.
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Method 8: Oysters

Oysters, eaten raw, are especially high in zinc, which makes them an ideal addition to a DHT-blocking diet. They are also a rich source of potassium and magnesium, needed for proper blood circulation and the carrying of nutrients from the bloodstream to the hair follicles. Additionally, oysters are a very generous source of iron and other minerals that are beneficial for hair, including calcium, phosphorus, copper and selenium. The high vitamin C and E content in oysters can also help calm an inflamed scalp.

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    Swallow oysters raw on the half-shell for a powerful dose of DHT-blocking zinc.
    Raw oysters are one of the most compact and easy to digest sources of DHT blocking minerals.
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    Barbecue oysters on the grill and serve with your favorite oyster sauce.
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    Make Oysters Rockefeller, which is oysters grilled with spinach and grated parmesan for a high-protein, DHT blocking treat with an added dose of iron (from the spinach)
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Method 9: Pecans

Pecans contain L-Lysine, which is a natural DHT blocker. This rich flavored "nut" is actually a fruit full of monosaturated fatty acidic and ellagic acid, which help prevent compromised hair follicles from infection. Pecans are also an exceptional source of gamma-tocopherol; a very potent source of vitamin E can that can help reduce scalp inflammation, and subsequent hair loss. Furthermore, pecans contain several minerals, including iron, manganese and selenium, that are essential for the ongoing health of hair follicles.

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    Eat a handful of salted or unsalted pecans every day.
    Pecan are a rich sours of L-Lysine which prevents balding by blocking DHT.
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    Cook with pecans rather than other nuts when baking.
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    Every now and then, have a slice of pecan pie, to up your DHT blocking capacity.
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Method 10: Peanuts

This nutritious legume contains L-Lysine and biotin. Both are natural DHT inhibitors and they are also a heart-healthy source of protein, unusually rich in folate and molybdenum. These two nutrients help scalp follicles utilize the iron and copper needed to grow healthy hair. They are also rich in monounsaturated fats which help keep hair follicles nourished by a healthy cardiovascular system.

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    Eat a handful of salted or unsalted peanuts every day to increase your body's ability to block DHT.
    A handful of peanuts every day may prevent hair loss.
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    Use organic peanut butter with no additives to boost your L-Lysin and biotin levels.
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    Add peanuts to savory poultry dishes such as baked chicken or chicken stir-fry.
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Method 11: Pumpkin Seeds

If you are suffering from hair loss, this should be one of your snacks of choice. Pumpkin seeds block DHT buildup in the hair follicle because they contain a steroid called delta-7 sterine. Pumpkin seeds are usually available at health food stores, pre-packaged as a snack.

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    You can make your own pumpkin seed snack by hollowing out a pumpkin and separating the seeds from the pulp.
    Wash with cold water, spread on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with spices and salt and roast them in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
    Seasoned pumpkin seeds are excellent DHT blockers.
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    Add whole unseasoned pumpkin seeds to breads and baked goods.
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    Crush pumpkin seeds until they are ground up fine and use as a condiment that you can sprinkle on your food.
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Method 12: Swiss Chard

This healthy green helps block DHA and maintain healthy hair follicles due to the fact that it contains many powerful anti-oxidants that fight scalp inflammation. Swiss chard also contains a powerful flavonoid called syringic acid that lowers blood sugar and inflammation in the body, which in turn helps preventing balding. A phyto nutrient called betalain in Swiss Chard can also help the body regulate its hormonal activity and detoxify itself of excess DHT. .

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    Add Swiss Chard to bean, barley or minestrone soups.
    Swiss Chard is a DHT blocking food that is delicious when added to bean soups.
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    Stir fry Swiss Chard with garlic and a healthy oil like olive oil.
    It makes a tasty side dish.
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    Steam Swiss Chard and season with Iodized salt and apple cider vinegar to create a side dish that encourages hair growth
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Method 13: Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain the anti-oxidant lycopene, which prevents testosterone from converting into DHT and blocking hair growth. Cooked and canned tomatoes are an even better source of lycopene than raw. The darker the tomato, the more lycopene it contains. Tomatoes also contain Vitamin C which helps heal damaged hair follicles.

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    Eat cherry tomatoes or kumatoes as a snack to raise your lycopene levels.
    The darker the raw tomato, the more DHT blocking ability it contains.
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    Add cut up tomatoes to all of your pasta sauce or chili sauce recipes.
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    Make bruschetta by broiling garlic, tomatoes and cheese on bread.
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Method 14: Tuna

Tuna is a good source of biotin, which helps prevent hair loss by slowing down the production of DHT on the scalp. Tuna also contains the mineral selenium, in a form that is very nourishing and helps prevent inflammation, and dandruff. Tuna is also a very rich source of EP and DHA, two critical omega-3 fatty acids that encourage hair growth and that are found in canned tuna.

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    Eat raw tuna as part of a sushi or sashimi Japanese meal..
    Eat raw tuna sushi as often as possible to help slow down the production of DHT.
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    Eat tuna with basil and a touch of mayonnaise for a lunchtime snack
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    Bake tuna with tomatoes and onions for a healthy, DHT-blocking supper.
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Method 15: White Mushrooms

White cremini mushrooms are a bountiful source of zinc, which directly blocks DHT production. They are also a rich vegetarian source of Vitamin D and pantothenic acid, which are needed to grow thick, flexible and glossy strands of hair.

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    Add sliced white mushrooms to salads.
    White cremini mushrooms are an excellent source of zinc, which blocks DHT.
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    Serve fried mushrooms with your main courses.
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    White mushrooms that are served antipasto style in vinegar and oil are also a good source of DHT-blocking zinc.
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Method 16: Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is very high in zinc, which blocks DHT production. Wheat germ is high in all of the essential components needed to grow healthy hair, including folate, Vitamin E, all the B vitamins, omega fatty acids and protein.

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    Sprinkle raw wheat germ on cereals for breakfast.
    Sprinkling raw wheat germ on breakfast cereal is a healthy way to discourage DHT production.
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    Top yogurt and fruit with a sprinkle of raw wheat germ.
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    Add raw wheat germ to a smoothie to make it a DHT-blocking drink.
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Method 17: Walnuts

Like the other nuts on this list, walnuts contain the natural DHT inhibitor, L-Lysine. Walnuts are high in protein and contain a particularly beneficial source of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol, that encourages hair growth. This nut also contains rare anti-inflammatory nutrients such as juglone, tannin and morin that help combat hair loss due to problems with the prostate and prostate cancer.

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    Eat 7 walnuts a day to reap this nut's unusual hair-growth and DHT blocking benefits.
    Wanuts contain vitamin E and DHT inhibitors.
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    Consume walnut tarts as an occasional treat to get the anti-inflammatory benefits in a tasty way.
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    When making pesto, add a handful of walnuts to the basil and garlic mix to boost its Vitamin E content.
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Method 18: Watermelon

Watermelon is an ample source of lycopene, which blocks DHT by not allowing testosterone to convert into HT. Watermelon is also a good source of Vitamin C, which helps heal the scalp, and is an organic source of B-12 and B6, which helps re-grow hair lost to metabolic issues such as Type II Diabetes. This rehydrating fruit also contains an amino acid called Citrulline, that supports kidney function and circulation, making sure that any excess DHT produced by the body is efficiently eliminated through waste

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    Eat slices of raw watermelon raw any time.
    Watermelon is a natural DHT blocker with vitamins and minerals that encourage hair growth.
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    Freeze watermelon and then whirl in a blender with ice to make a watermelon smoothie.
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    Broil watermelon and serve on greens with feta cheese for a healthy DHT-blocking treat.
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Tips and Tricks

  • The reddest part of the watermelon contains the most lycopene, so it is best to wait for a watermelon to get fully ripe before you eat it.
  • Cooked egg yolks are richer in DHT-blocking biotin than raw egg yolks.
  • Cooking white mushrooms enhances their DHT-blocking properties.
  • The richest source of biotin from tuna is albacore, but albacore tuna is also more likely to be contaminated with mercury, which can sabotage hair growth.
  • If you are allergic to wheat, or you're gluten intolerant, it is best to stay away from wheat germ as a DHT blocker as those two conditions can provoke DHT production.
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Hi , I m loosing more hairs with white bulb and doc said I am suffering from telogen effluvium , so my point is when do they regrow back. I have tried: Actual problem started with dandruff for which I have been to doc and said him lies that I have hair fall problem too for which he gave mini oxidil solution which is only recommended for androgenic patients but unfortunately I was unaware of and continued to use that stuff and after 4weeks a massive shed has taken place which was never before and I stopped that stuff after 3months and I shaved my head and few weeks later new hair has grown and after 1month all new hairs have gone and again went another doc were he said it was telogen effluviumn....and now I am shedding tiny thick hairs in large no, where as my thick hairs are fine. I think it was caused by: Mini oxidil is the culprit which was my big mistake!

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