Creatine is one of the extensively studied, scientifically-proven nutritional supplements that athletes and athletes use to improve their performance. However, many athletes or athletes who regularly use creatine supplements wonder if creatine is associated with hair loss. Let’s take a closer look at the issue together.
What does the research say about creatine and hair loss?
In a small study in 2009, creatine was given to college-age rugby players. Researchers found that following three weeks of the creatine supplement regimen, levels of a hormone associated with hair loss increased. This hormone is called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
What is DHT?
DHT is an androgen (male sex hormone) made from testosterone in the prostate, testicles, and some other tissues. Testosterone is converted to DHT with the help of 5α-reductase (pronounced 5-alpha reductase), an enzyme that is retained in the sebaceous glands of a hair follicle. It is essential for developing and maintaining male sex characteristics such as deep voice, facial hair, and muscles.
What is the relationship between DHT and hair loss?
High androgen levels, including DHT, can shrink your hair follicles, shorten this cycle, and cause hair to appear thinner and more fragile and shed faster. DHT can also prolong the time your follicle grows new hairs after old hair falls out. Some people are more sensitive to DHT’s effects on the scalp due to changes in the androgen receptor (AR) gene on the scalp. Androgen receptors are proteins that allow hormones such as testosterone and DHT to bind to them. This binding activity typically results in normal hormonal processes such as body hair growth. However, changes in the AR gene can increase androgen sensitivity in your scalp follicles, allowing you to experience more male pattern hair loss.
Foods to lower DHT levels
• Pecan Walnut
• Wheat seed