DHT: The Hair Killer
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a normal male hormone or Androgen that is produced from Testosterone by a very interesting enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.
The reason this enzyme is so interesting is that certain families in the Dominican Republic, who are deficient in 5-alpha reductase, donít have prostate enlargement and donít bald! This tells us that the male hormone responsible for hair loss is DHT.
It follows that if we could block 5-alpha reductase from producing DHT, we would also block the balding effects of this hair killing Androgen.
To learn about protecting the hair follicle from the hair killing effects of DHT, go to Protecting the Follicle.