Control Hirsutism Naturally

Hirsutism occurs when women develop thick, coarse and dark hair on parts of their body where men usually grow hair, such as the face or chest. This is known as male pattern body hair growth and affects a good percentage of the population. It is caused by an increase in androgens or male hormones such as testosterone. In some cases they can cause male pattern baldness as well. Hirsutism is seen predominantly in women who are overweight and have difficulties with insulin resistance.


How do I know if I have hirsutism?

  • Coarse, dark body hair
  • Hair on the face
  • Hair on the chest


How do I prevent hirsutism?

Hirsutism is often a symptom of other, primary conditions such as PCOS, Cushing’s disease or adrenal disorders. Because of this, prevention is rarely possible.


How can I treat hirsutism?

  • Lose weight, and maintain a healthy body weight!
  • Follow a low Glycemic diet to help control glucose levels which can affect androgen, the hormone responsible for hirsutism.
  • Increase your intake of B vitamins.
  • Avoid bad fats, but eat good fats. Monosaturated fats are good, but saturated fats are bad.
  • Eat some licorice. The glycyrrhizin helps to reduce plasma testosterone and decrease hirsutism.
  • Eat foods high in chromium which helps to maintain normal blood glucose levels by making insulin more effective.
  • Magnesium helps to control glucose utilization and insulin signaling.
  • Green tea can help you lose weight and helps to control the production of androgen.
  • Cinnamon helps to control insulin sensitivity, normalize blood sugar, and reduce hirsutism.
  • Spearmint tea can help to reduce free testosterone levels.
  • Romaine lettuce is full of chromium!
  • Crimini mushrooms are high in the B complex vitamins, as are apricots.
  • Sunflower seeds are full of B2 and B5, both of which help to fight hirsutism.
  • Barley is the best grain for women with hirsutism to indulge in.
  • Skinless chicken is the best option for women with hirsutism as it has a lot of protein but is low in fats and carbohydrates.
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