All of our bodies manufacture a substance known as creatine. Although this natural organic acid is non-essential, it does help build muscle mass and provide you with more energy. People who are interested in building up muscle mass will certainly be aware of the substance however. Since beef is a source high in creatine, people such as body builders and wrestlers may eat as much as 2 pounds of meat at a meal in order to maximize the amount of creatine in their muscles. The question with creatine is, however, while you’re beefing up your muscles, are you causing your hair to fall out?
So what exactly does creatine do in the body, especially when it’s ingested in massive doses? Can it really accelerate balding by increasing the body’s levels of testosterone? One of the side effects of creatine that has been discovered is the fact that it raises the body’s DHT levels which can conceiveably cause issues. DHT is produced mainly in the hair follicles, but it’s also found in other areas of the body. Male pattern baldness has been proven to be accelerated by more DHT. However, this theory has yet to be proven since creatine has been used for quite a few years and there is no evidence that proves it leads to baldness.
If you read miscellaneous articles about the effects of creatine on the body, the best you’ll find will contain a lot of conflicting information. While some articles contend that creatine does cause balding, others swear that they’ve eaten increased levels of it for decades and have survived with a full head of hair. You can’t help but wonder who to believe.
Some people believe DHT triggers the condition in men who are already genetically prone to going bald. The hair on the top and sides of your head are especially prone to the effects of DHT, but the hair on the back of your hair isn’t as sensitive. If there are large quantities of DHT present in the body, the hair follicles in these areas decrease in size and eventually stop producing hair.
There hasn’t been enough long-term testing done to conclude either way. Taking creatine can help build muscles, but until those studies have been conducted properly, people who take it will have to take their chances. Most feel that the safe benefits from eating high levels of the substance are worth the risk of their hair.