A study showing that Green Tea has compounds in it that are potent inhibitors of type 1 alpha-reductase (the enzyme that combines with testosterone to form hair killing DHT)
TITLE: Selective inhibition of steroid 5 alpha-reductase isozymes by tea epicatechin-3-gallate and epigallocatechin-3-gallate.
Liao S, Hiipakka RA. Ben May Institute, University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1995 Sep 25;214(3):833-8
Inhibitors of 5 alpha-reductase may be effective in the treatment of 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone-dependent abnormalities, such as benign prostate hyperplasia, prostate cancer and certain skin diseases. The green tea catechins, (-)epigallocatechin-3-gallate and (-)epicatechin-3-gallate, but not (-)epicatechin and (-)epigallocatechin, are potent inhibitors of type 1 but not type 2 5 alpha-reductase. (-)Epigallocatechin-3-gallate also inhibits accessory sex gland growth in the rat. These results suggest that certain tea gallates can regulate androgen action in target organs.