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Concerns about coconut oil and DHT

Discussion in 'The Epi-Paleo Diet' started by QiGuy1997, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. QiGuy1997

    QiGuy1997 New Member

    I understand that coconut oil is a very healthy substance with it's saturated fats, ketogenic properties and antimicrobial properties. I'm really interested in beginning to get a couple of tablespoons of it throughout the day, however, I have a concern. The only thing keeping me from consuming any is a study I read a while back discussing the inhibitory properties of lauric acid (from coconut oil) on 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that turns testosterone into the more active Dihydrotestosterone. I'm 16 so I know my hormonal system is quite different from the majority of the people on this forum. I don't want to mess with my hormonal levels at this age as I'm concerned about permanent effects resulting from hormonal imbalances. I'm hesitant to consume a substance which may lower my dht levels. Does anyone have any knowledge on this topic? Will taking coconut oil decrease the dht by a significant amount, or do the positive effects outweigh the slight hormonal effects? Thanks!
  2. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Welcome to the forum QiGuy..... what an interesting question from a 16 year old - I hope some one has some thoughts for you.....
  3. tellmisty

    tellmisty Administrator

    This is a question for Ask Jack! Are you a Silver or Gold Klub member, Qiguy?
  4. Jonathin

    Jonathin Gold Member

    Interesting if this is a valid concern. Seems like people in the coconut-eating tropics would be affected. I have not hear of such an issue.
  5. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    Yes, interesting. Does anyone know what time of year this experiment was run?
  6. QiGuy1997

    QiGuy1997 New Member

  7. Melanie Procter

    Melanie Procter New Member

    U may grow up to be a Jack Kruse someday. R u interested in medicine?

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