October 12 2005, 7:47 am PT | Posted in: Other
Can certain foods increase testosterone(dht)? In the last three months i have been consuming kefir mixed with acai. I have noticed that my hair loss has accelerated .Any correlation?
The Acai berry, from the Amazon Rainforest, is used as an anti-aging medication. Friendly bacteria in the intestines synthesize the majority of vitamin K in the intestine. The use of Acidophilus cultures in the form of yogurt or kefir serve as a food source and an anti-oxidant by some people who build muscle mass. I can not comment on the direct association of these medications with testosterone production, but these supplements are often taken with male hormones or other growth hormones which will then contribute to more DHT production and possibly more hair loss. Poor nutrition, will absolutely contribute to hair loss.
It has been long thought that we are a product of what we eat and what we eat will impact the overall personal state of our health. If you eat Broccoli, for example, the Vitamin B6 it contains will spur the tryptophan hydroxylase gene to produce L-tryptophan, an amino acid used in the synthesis of serotonin, a neurochemical mood stabilizer. Determining the effects of different nutrients on each gene variant is tricky and revolutionary because it would enable people to optimize their diet according to their particular genetics. High Blood Pressure, for example, has been linked to the antiotensinogen gene that increases a person’s sensitivity to salt. So the challenge for science it to identify which nutrients interact with genes and how they do so. Red wines (containing Resveratrol), grapes, berry and peanuts has been linked to some of the genes involved in longevity, but unfortunately, not proven in humans. The suggestion that red wine slows the aging process has been suggested by the French, who make the finest red wines. Should we believe them? Vitamin D, not only prevents rickets, but it may half the rate of certain cancers (colon cancer for example). But sunlight will do the same thing supplying high doses of Vitamin D.
Fergus Clydesdale, a food scientist at the University of Massachusetts predicts a day when we will visit an online supermarket, input a color coded genetic profile and buy one of 20 different lasagnas, all of which taste the same but each of which were made to fit a particular person’s health needs. In conclusion, your question was a good one and suggests that sometime in the future, I can be more precise in my answers as science and nutrition come more of age.