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Creatine, it’s useful for muscles but what can it do to your hair?
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 phosphocreatine, which can then be broken down into extra energy during muscle contractions.
While creatine seems like a win-win for bodybuilders, 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 eventually balding.
Unfortunately, it does seem that creatine may be able to increase DHT levels.
A 2009 study from Stellenboch University in South Africa investigated the effects of creatine on testosterone and DHT levels.
20 rugby players consumed 25 grams of creatine a day for 7 days, followed by 14 days of 5 grams of creatine a day.
After 7 days, testosterone levels remained the same, however, DHT levels increased by 56%.
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 halt the increased DHT production and potentially reverse hair loss issues.
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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