5. Zinc . If you are zinc deficient, the evidence shows that it can be a root cause for low DHT. Furthermore, if this is your underlying issue, you can significantly raise your DHT just by taking this inexpensive supplement. Try to avoid the zinc oxide form, since it is so poorly absorbed. For some of the studies, see my link on Zinc and DHT . (A zinc deficiency can also lead to very low testosterone levels as well.) I do have some cautions though about taking too much zinc and I urge anyone taking supplemental zinc to scan through this page: The Potential Dangers of Zinc .
Transdermal patches (adhesive patches placed on the skin) may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. Testosterone-containing creams and gels that are applied daily to the skin are also available, but absorption is inefficient (roughly 10%, varying between individuals) and these treatments tend to be more expensive. Individuals who are especially physically active and/or bathe often may not be good candidates, since the medication can be washed off and may take up to six hours to be fully absorbed. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses. Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes.