DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is an androgen hormone synthesized by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase in the testes, adrenal glands and hair follicles. DHT blocks nutrient absorption in the hair follicle and “suffocates” them, which causes the follicles to shrink and eventually die. This is usually reversible and hair starts growing back once DHT levels have settled following treatment or diet/lifestyle adjustments.
Why is green tea good for your health?
Green tea is known to inhibit an enzyme involved in the breakdown and storage of dietary fat, which is why it may help with fat loss and weight management. It lowers cholesterol levels and is a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, a group of toxic compounds whose presence in our body may lead to premature aging and even certain types of cancer.
These claims are supported by scientific evidence, although there have been mixed opinions regarding the alleged properties of green tea (especially when it comes to cancer prevention). What we do know for sure is nothing wrong can happen if someone tries it themselves, unless they go overboard (having more than 3 cups a day may lead to digestive problems in some individuals).
Effects of green tea on testosterone – fact or myth?
Green tea also inhibits aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgens (e.g. testosterone) into estrogen. This has no significant impact on your body and there are more powerful drugs designed for that particular effect, should you need them. Research has suggested that green tea inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme involved in the synthesis of DHT. It was also found to interfere with the pathway involved in testosterone synthesis. However, the study was carried out in vitro and involved ridiculous amounts of tea no one in their right mind could drink, which raised a question mark regarding its validity in the real world.
On the other hand, there have been other studies (also in vitro) that found green tea elevates DHT levels up to the point where it could make a huge difference in lab tests that detect testosterone use in athletes. The most realistic conclusion to draw, from a statistical standpoint, is that most studies found lower quantities of green tea boost testosterone, while larger doses may (surprisingly) reduce it. What mechanisms cause this are still as yet a mystery.
Green tea and male pattern baldness
There have been mixed opinions regarding the involvement of green tea in male pattern baldness, and the effectiveness of its properties still remains a matter of personal opinion. While you are free to try it and see how your body reacts to it, it is unlikely that you will notice any significant improvements or problems. You should see a doctor before deciding to take any green tea supplements or medication.