The anti-androgens supplements help prevent androgen receptors in the body from producing androgens such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), or they may block its effects. These androgens’ production causes problems like acne and prostate cancer. Anti-angrogens are helpful in hair regrowth and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Here are some natural anti-androgen supplements and herbs that are used for treating this ailment.
1. Licorice Root
One of the most common natural treatments for women affected by Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a herbal anti-androgen that contains phytoestrogen agents. These agents help in reducing and regulating the amount of testosterone produced in the body. Commonly recommended dosages vary from 3.5 grams to 7 grams per day.
A naturally occurring androgen blocker, zinc helps in increasing progesterone level in the body. In a research, it was found that zinc has positive effects on alopecia and hirsutism in patients in duration of 8 weeks.
While other anti-androgens prevent production of androgenic hormones in body, zinc counterbalances these hormones for an overall hormonal balance in body. Recommended dosage on an average is 50 mg per day.
3. White Peony
White peony is an androgen synthesis inhibitor that chemically alters the testosterone into estrogen. This helps in counteracting effects of androgenic hormones in the body. The extracts may vary in dosage and common dosage is 1200-180 mg per day.
4. Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto is also an androgen synthesis inhibitor that blocks the enzymatic biosynthesis of androgenic hormones. This 5-alpha reductase inhibitor prevents the production of androgenic hormones in the body. Recommended dosage is 160-320 mg per day.
5. Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum, Lingzhi)
Reishi mushroom is a herbal 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that helps in preventing the enzyme responsible for testosterone production in the body. The extract of Ganoderma Lucidum inhibits growth caused by testosterone to the ventral prostate. Recommended dosage is 6 to 12 grams daily and it shows positive results within 12 weeks.
6. Red Clover
In a 2003 study, Red Clover isoflavones on non-malignant prostate enlargement reduced the size of the prostate phenotype and effectively treated a swollen and potentially cancerous prostate.
7. Chaste Tea (Vitex agnus-castus)
Vitex berry is an estrogen receptor that fights the presence of testosterone in body and so can be used as antiandrogen. The berry of the chaste tree is also used for making tea or it can be used as an extract. The average recommended dose for this treatment is around 150-250 mg per day.