Increasing libido without increasing DHT
I've never had a particularly high libido, and using hair loss treatments probably isn't helping. I've made a list of supplements that might help me with this issue, but most seem to also increase DHT levels...
Green tea - increases DHT levels?
Tribulus - increases DHT levels?
Ginseng - not sure
Ginkgo biloba - not sure
Zinc - not sure
Garlic - not sure
Ginger - not sure
L-arginine - doubt it
L-carnitine - doubt it
Can anybody advise me on these supplements? Also, have I missed any?
Green tea doesn't increase DHT, it inhibits 5-alpha reductase. Also, DHEA is used to increase testosterone/libido. Also if you are on a DHT blocker then that prevents the DHT from binding to follicles then it shouldn't necessarily matter if the DHT levels have increased, right? Just a guess.
Also, I've taken an herb supplement called Horny Goat Weed and I can attest to the effects of it. It takes a week or so, so don't expect to feel horny after one pill.
If you do a Google search of 'green tea DHT', you'll see that a lot of sources suggest green tea raises DHT. I'll take a look at horny goat weed though, thanks.
Originally Posted by Jmf8
Ginseng has 5 alpha- reductase inhibitory potential, being able to reduce the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), this may mean possible increase in testosterone that could also be attributed to less DHT conversion.
Garlic - garlic can also arrest DHT. Diallylsulfide, a constituent of garlic, suppresses oxidative demethylation by competitively inhibiting cytochrome P450 2E1. Since testosterone metabolism occurs through the mixed function oxidase cytochrome P450 system, garlic may affect the rates of metabolism of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.
Zinc - A natural substance known to control DHT is zinc. However, zinc is also an aromatase inhibitor which indirectly increases testosterone. This can decrease the anti-DHT effects. In fact, zinc is even recommended for low testosterone levels.
Alternative treatments used to inhibit DHT include dietary supplementation with, or topically administered preparations of, saw palmetto berry extractives. Saw palmetto extract has been demonstrated to inhibit both isoforms of 5-alpha-reductase unlike finasteride which only inhibits the (predominant) type 2 isoenzyme of 5-alpha-reductase. So appears more powerful.
I swear on taking Ginseng. That stuff anyway helps against everything if you want to believe these Koreans then this stuff extends your life by 100 years.
I also eat o lot of ginger. Really helps to boost that.
I simply exercise a lot and do some sport and really feel myself sexy after that. It my natural way to some healthy libido. I really don't know if I also increase the DHT that way...
More testosterone typically results in greater *conversion* to DHT. But libido isn't just a testosterone thing. Its heavily influenced by estrogen, DHT, and other neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
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