Pumpkin seed oil has also been proven to inhibit the production of 5-alpha-reductase. Pumpkin seeds contain not one but two DHT blockers. The first is beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol, which is structurally like cholesterol. The other is a steroid, delta-7-sterine. A 2014 Chinese study evaluated the effect of a daily dose of 400mg of pumpkin seed oil on 38 men with AGA. A randomized equal number of men received a placebo. After 24 weeks, scientists discovered a 40% mean increase in hair count in the group receiving the pumpkin seed oil as compared to the placebo group.
I am in a very similar situation as Kristi, although I think I’ve lost closer to 50-60% of my hair. I’m heartbroken. Initially my OBGYN, endocrinologist, dermatologist, and several friends assured me it was related to having recently had a baby. I lost so much hair over 9-10 more months by believing the false sense of security they gave me. Finally saw a Trichologist and I do have confirmed diffuse loss, plus DHT buildup. No new hairs are growing from those that shed. The problem is I am still breastfeeding my infant… so many treatments are not recommended for me, and many supplements have to be investigated. I’ve seen some things like Saw Palmetto, etc. are reportedly not compatible with nursing. The peel seems like it would be fine but I’m hesitant to dive head first into the rest of the program. Little one is resisting cups and bottles of cow’s milk so I’m a bit stuck. Any thoughts here?