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DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and enlarged prostate

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 07, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Hello, everybody!

Quick question. I'm an active man in mid twenties, eating clean paleo, weightlifting, supplementing with various vitamins and minerals.

Recently, I decided to do a complete hormonal blood work. Everything came out perfect (Testo, free testo, estradiolm progesterone, SHBG, T3, free T3, T4, free T4, insulin, adreanaline, nor-adrenaline, cortisol, serotonin, grwoth hormone), BUT DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is higher than norm: 1300 pg/ml vs. maximum of 990. I reseached it a little and found out that it's usually related with either baldness or prostate enlargement. First certainly has nothing to do with me, but I was diagnosed with slightly enlarged prostate couple of years ago. Also, according to my 23andme test, I have high risk of prostate cancer (21 out of 100). So, I got a quite concerned.

The question is whether you can recommend something in terms of lifestyle, nutrition or anything else to lower DHT short-term, keep prostate and decrease the risk of cancer long-term. Of course, I already read about Saw Palemetto, but wonder whether it's really efficient and suffiecient and whether there is anything else that can be done.

Thank you very, very much!

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:48 PM

ZMA is just zinc monomethionine, magnesium, and B-6.

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:34 PM

Also, I'd be worried about how much n6 PUFA in those seeds? It is a seed oil after all. Apparently pumpkin seeds are high in PUFA, with a total of 20.9 grams per 100 grams, most of it n6-PUFA, I'd be worried about oxidation. You're better off with chelated zinc and magnesium.

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on April 26, 2013
at 05:29 AM

from what i have read, only trace amounts of minerals are found in the pumpkin oil. the often quoted 'high zinc' thing seems to only apply to the seeds themselves. but i agree that pumpkin seed oil is good for mens health. one ref. http://www.pumpkinseed.net.au/healthbenefits/pumpkinseedoil

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 26, 2013
at 05:20 AM

from what i have read, only trace amounts of minerals are found in the pumpkin oil. the often quoted 'high zinc' thing seems to only apply to the seeds themselves. but i agree that pumpkin seed oil is good for mens health. one ref. http://www.pumpkinseed.net.au/healthbenefits/men_pso

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 26, 2013
at 05:18 AM

from what i have read, only trace amounts of minerals are found in the pumpkin oil. the often quoted 'high zinc' thing seems to only apply to the seeds themselves. but i agree that pumpkin seed oil is good for treating BPH. one ref. file:///C:/Data/Personal/Health/Oils%20Compared/Pumpkin%20Seed%20Oil%20Health%20Benefits.htm

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:44 AM

I have already been taking Picolinate 50mg each evening for a while.

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If you can find a ZMA with Zinc Picolinate or L-Optizinc then yes. But I wouldn't waste a penny or my time on any other form of zinc.

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on August 08, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Would ZMA work as well?

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 19, 2012
at 11:57 PM

from wiki;

"The enzyme 5??-reductase is involved in the conversion of testosterone to the active form dihydrotestosterone (DHT)"

"In benign prostatic hyperplasia, dihydrotestosterone acts as a potent cellular androgen and promotes prostate growth; therefore, inhibiting the enzyme reduces the excessive prostate growth"

The same wiki article includes a list of Herbs that may inhibit 5??-reductase.

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on June 06, 2013
at 12:04 PM

Instead of saw palmetto you will want to use the bioactive compound found in saw palmetto which his beta sitosterol. This many times more powerful. There are other [prostate vitamins][1] like zinc, Vitamin D, selenium, and magensium.

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:52 PM

I take pumpkin seed oil. It's tasty and i can quickly take a teaspoon a day, or i use it as a butter substitute. On toast or a bagel. On corn in the summer, when i go to the local growers market and get my NON GMO sweet corn.

It is also great in a smoothie or on potatoes.

Here is the best price i've found on it.

Very high in Magnesium and Zinc.

Organic Pumpkin seed oil

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 26, 2013
at 05:29 AM

from what i have read, only trace amounts of minerals are found in the pumpkin oil. the often quoted 'high zinc' thing seems to only apply to the seeds themselves. but i agree that pumpkin seed oil is good for mens health. one ref. http://www.pumpkinseed.net.au/healthbenefits/pumpkinseedoil

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on April 26, 2013
at 02:34 PM

Also, I'd be worried about how much n6 PUFA in those seeds? It is a seed oil after all. Apparently pumpkin seeds are high in PUFA, with a total of 20.9 grams per 100 grams, most of it n6-PUFA, I'd be worried about oxidation. You're better off with chelated zinc and magnesium.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 26, 2013
at 05:18 AM

from what i have read, only trace amounts of minerals are found in the pumpkin oil. the often quoted 'high zinc' thing seems to only apply to the seeds themselves. but i agree that pumpkin seed oil is good for treating BPH. one ref. file:///C:/Data/Personal/Health/Oils%20Compared/Pumpkin%20Seed%20Oil%20Health%20Benefits.htm

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 26, 2013
at 05:20 AM

from what i have read, only trace amounts of minerals are found in the pumpkin oil. the often quoted 'high zinc' thing seems to only apply to the seeds themselves. but i agree that pumpkin seed oil is good for mens health. one ref. http://www.pumpkinseed.net.au/healthbenefits/men_pso

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on November 08, 2012
at 09:09 AM

I am suffering from prostatic hyperplasia. I have now used Alfuzosin six months. At first, when taking Alfuzosin, I would easily tire and experienced stomach pain much of the day. Now, it seems my body has adjusted to the medicine and I am not as likely to become tired. I still have stomach discomfort but not as severe. One thing I have noticed which concerns me is the fact the Alfuzosin seems to wear off easily and the frequency to use the bathroom has not really disappeared. Overall, the drug seems to work well.

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on November 08, 2012
at 07:04 AM

It's important to remain active and eat a healthy diet for optimum prostate health. I can see you're into regular exercise and follow a healthy diet. I'd suggest you go through a Super Beta Prostate review – the product boosts prostate health and regulates urinary functioning. Don’t get fooled by Super Beta Prostate review scam – the product contains Beta Sitosterol, a clinically proven ingredient that helps keep the prostate healthy. Continue to eat right and be active – it improves our immune system and will definitely go a long way in helping our system fight against illnesses.

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on October 20, 2012
at 12:09 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/27631/5-alpha-reductase-saturated-fats-monounsaturated-fats#axzz1pw4hIK8U

Interesting paleohacks question about lauric acid and other fats potentially reducing DHT.

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Take Zinc Picolinate or Zinc L-methionine.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 08, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Would ZMA work as well?

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 09, 2012
at 02:09 AM

If you can find a ZMA with Zinc Picolinate or L-Optizinc then yes. But I wouldn't waste a penny or my time on any other form of zinc.

B121fdbc1aaa6130f5bda3bf84e3ba2d

(952)

on August 09, 2012
at 07:44 AM

I have already been taking Picolinate 50mg each evening for a while.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 06, 2013
at 01:48 PM

ZMA is just zinc monomethionine, magnesium, and B-6.

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