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Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss by Increasing DHT?

by RedRestore on January 13, 2020

Can Creatine In Muscle Building Products Cause Hair Loss?

 

Creatine, it's useful for muscles. But what can it do for your hair?

What Is Creatine Monohydrate?

Creatine is an organic compound that can increase energy levels in muscles and is a popular supplement among bodybuilders. Once consumed, more creatine is stored in muscles as forceful creatine, which can be broken down into extra energy during muscle contractions, while creatine seems like a win win for bodybuilders.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Many gym goers have concerns that creatine might actually increase hair loss. A major cause of hair loss is increased levels of dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is formed from testosterone and it can bind strongly to receptors in hair follicles causing them to miniaturize. This leads to hair shedding and eventual balding. 

Creatine and Hair Loss

Unfortunately, it does seem that creatine may be able to increase DHT levels. A 2009 study from Stellenbosch University in South Africa investigated the effects of creatine on testosterone and DHT levels. Twenty rugby players consumed 25 grams of creatine a day for seven days, followed by 14 days of five grams of creatine a day after seven days. Testosterone levels remained the same, however, the DHT levels increased by 56 percent.

 

This study indicates that while creatine doesn't increase testosterone levels, it does seem to increase the conversion of testosterone to DHT. While the study is small and further research is needed, it does show that creatine could potentially result in hair loss.Stopping creatine supplementation could hold the increase the aged production and potentially reverse hair loss issues.

Reversing Creatine's Hair Loss Side Effects

Topical treatments like RedRestore’s laser therapy system use calibrated wavelengths of red light energy to reduce DHT levels when used alongside creatine. Laser therapy might just provide enough DHT blocking support to maintain healthy hair growth while creatine has shown some hair loss potential. Simply stopping consumption or combining it with other hair loss treatments could ensure you stay gym and hair ready.

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