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DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) benefits
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) optimization is a controversial topic among men. Some say that it’s a “bad hormone” that causes hair loss and prostate enlargement, while others praise it for being the ultimate male hormone, since it’s significantly more potent than its little brother, testosterone.
We’re going to find out the truth in today’s video, and why and HOW you might want to naturally increase your DHT production. Let’s get to it.
In fact, DHT has 2-3 times higher aﬃnity to the androgen receptors and it’s known to be bound and active in the receptor sites for five times longer than testosterone. (58) Dihydrotestosterone also has much higher androgenic activity than testosterone, whereas testosterone on the other hand has significantly higher anabolic (muscle building) activity than that of DHT.
While it’s known that overly high DHT levels – in combination with chronically high estrogen and the male-pattern baldness gene – are associated with scalp hair loss, (59) it’s also known that in men with no MPB-gene, DHT levels at the top of the reference ranges are not associated with any rate of increased hair-loss (this study of 316 men actually showed that high DHT was associated with 35% LOWER risk of developing baldness). (60)
Another claimed side-eﬀect of high DHT hormone levels is prostate enlargement (BPH), and while some studies have linked high dihydrotestosterone levels to that condition, it must also be noted that many have not found any correlation between DHT and prostate
enlargement markers (even 10-fold increases in DHT were noted to have no significant eﬀect on prostate size in this study). (61)
Bottom line on side-eﬀects: If you are having prostate issues and are
going bald, its likely that you possess the genotype for those conditions, and that overly high DHT levels can in some (but not all) cases aggravate them. The gene explanation also makes sense, if you look at the studies which often show extreme variances between the eﬀects of androgens on hair loss and prostate enlargement.
Take this study for example (62) where DHT was identified as a compound that had an important role in the development and progression of prostate enlargement, and compare it to this one where men rubbing 70mg/day of DHT-gel to their scrotm for 3 months showed no signs of prostate enlargement (no increases in prostate volume or PSA levels). (63)
One factor that has always confused me about these claimed side- eﬀects is that hair-loss (which is why they go to minoxidil and finasteride results for alopecia issues with male pattern baldness hair fall ) and prostate problems become increasingly more common as men get older, whereas androgens are known to go down as men age. If DHT is the only culprit, why don’t all men in their 20’s have prostate problems?
If those side-eﬀects above are possible, why would anyone purposefully want to increase the DHT hormone?:
Dihydrotestosterone is necessary for the growth of body hair
(64) and linear beard growth (65)
Unlike testosterone, DHT cannot be converted into estrogen by the aromatase enzyme (66)
Exogenous DHT administration is known for its mood, energy, and confidence boosting eﬀects in men (67)
By increasing cAMP levels in tissue, (68) dihydrotestosterone stimulates lipolysis (fat burn) and thyroid function
Although DHT is not highly anabolic it still promotes muscle gains by increasing nervous system and muscle strength (69)
Dihydrotestosterone and testosterone are responsible of ALL
masculine body and facial characteristics (70) (wide jaw, broad shoulders…)
Increased DHT levels are strongly linked to higher brain
GABA-levels, (71) promoting that calm “alpha male” relaxation in any situation
DHT (being the main androgen in male s-xual organs) is even
more potent than testosterone at promoting libido and erection quality (72)
Condensed version? DHT makes you look, act, and feel like a man, even more so than testosterone.
Before we get in to ways to boost dihydrotestosterone levels, here’s how the hormone is made:
Your body produces three diﬀerent types of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (type I, II, and III).
Those enzymes then convert – varying on the type – testosterone into DHT inside the pens, testcles, skin, nervous system, and many organs such as liver, kidneys, and brain (this conversion normally occurs to 5% of the testosterone produced). (73)
One weaker adrenal androgen – androstenedione – can also
be directly converted to DHT by 5-a enzymes, this conversion however is more notable in women than men
(yes women have some low amounts of DHT too).