How to Lower Prolactin Levels Naturally
By Ali Kuoppala | Last reviewed Tue 25 September 2018
Medical Review by Dr. Stefano Pizzo, MD
Prolactin is a hormone that triggers the milk production in pregnant women.
Believe it or not, most guys have high prolactin levels too, and in this post, I’m going to teach you how to lower prolactin levels naturally.
By now you might already guess what a hormone that induces breast milk production in women does to men?
Why should you learn how to lower prolactin levels?
Because I believe that no man should have high levels of a hormone that’s notorious for triggering breast milk production and causing low T along with diminished libido in their body.
So that’s why today, we’re talking about how to lower prolactin levels and get rid of it:
Supplement with Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is a herb that’s mostly used as an “adaptogen” meaning that it lowers stress levels.
But that’s not all there is to Ashwagandha for sure.
This human study found out that 5 grams of Ashwagandha for 3 months increased testosterone levels by 40% in healthy male participants.
Furthermore, the same human study also found out that Ashwagandha lowered prolactin levels by a nice 15%.
I personally like experiment with different Ashwagandha tinctures and dry roots from time to time, but if you want to leave the guessing work out of your supplementation try KSM-66 ashwagandha, it’s a scientifically proven water extract with high potency.
NOTE: a decrease of 15% is a modest reduction, but when accompanied by the 40% increase in T along with the fact that Ashwagandha is an extremely nutritious “superfood”. It becomes quite obvious that this herb is totally worth supplementing with.
Get some Vitamin E
Vitamin E can increase testosterone production in men, which alone is enough info to make sure you’re not deficient in it.
Vitamin E has also many other benefits, such as the fact that it’s a powerful antioxidant in the body.
Now, on to the topic of suppressing prolactin; in this study, 300 mg’s of vitamin E for 8 weeks, decreased prolactin levels by a staggering 69% when compared to placebo in healthy human subjects.
That’s a massive decrease. One that is hard to obtain with strong medications for such purposes.
The best way to get natural vitamin E trough supplementation is without a doubt a combination of natural tocopherols.
NOTE: Never ever get synthetic vitamin E, it’s derived from petrochemicals. Also never get “natural” vitamin E that’s derived from soy products.
Get your Dopamine Levels Up
High dopamine levels are extremely beneficial for men.
Firstly, it stimulates testosterone production.
Secondly, it stimulates growth hormone secretion.
And thirdly, high dopamine suppresses prolactin production.
So without a doubt, dopamine is something that you might want to increase if you’re a male. Best supplement for this is L-Dopa, found in Mucuna pruriens.
NOTE: Recent studies have shown that after a guy has an orgasm, prolactin levels will skyrocket and dopamine levels will plummet. This greatly increases the refractory period between ejaculations and makes you want to go to sleep. However, if a guy has high dopamine along with low prolactin, then the reduction in dopamine is far less significant, and the time between “mating sessions” is decreased. (this is a fancy way to say that low prolactin levels increase your sexual powers).
Supplement with Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is an essential part of the B vitamin complex.
It has multiple functions in the human body, the best one probably being the fact that it’s essential for testosterone production.
However, B6 is not only beneficial for testosterone.
This study found out that a single dose of 300 mg’s vitamin B6 pyridioxine increased serum growth hormone levels significantly while also causing a sharp decline in prolactin levels in human subjects.
Supplement with Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna is one of my all-time favorite testosterone boosters, mainly because it has human studies that prove its effects…
However, that’s not the only benefit. Macuna Pruriens also decreased prolactin levels by a very nice 33% in this study.
It’s not for certain what causes this decrease in the first place, but most likely it’s caused the fact that Mucuna Pruriens is filled with L-Dopa.
And L-Dopa is a precursor of dopamine (as explained above, high dopamine inhibits prolactin).
Mucuna Pruriens would probably be my number #1 choice for lowering prolactin, mainly because it’s so beneficial in other areas too.
Sleep Like a Pro
Sleeping well will without a doubt decrease your prolactin levels naturally.
There are multiple reasons for that, as sleeping more and with better quality is beneficial in many areas that correlate with lowered prolactin.
So it’s quite obvious that quality sleep has a prolactin reducing effect.
NOTE: The above is not only a theory, as this study proves that better sleep quality truly does decrease prolactin levels in men.
Get adequate Amounts of Zinc
Zinc is one of the main nutrients behind healthy testosterone production, and it’s also not a super big secret that zinc deficiency completely destroys testosterone levels.
What most people don’t know is that zinc also reduces prolactin levels.
In this study 50 mg’s of daily zinc supplementation, more than halved prolactin levels of the male participants.
If you decide to get zinc as a supplement, I highly recommend this zinc combo (affiliate link).
Conclusion on How to Lower Prolactin
Prolactin is a nasty hormone for you if you’re a man, as it decreases testosterone levels and is highly linked to gynecomastia (man boobs).
It’s not uncommon for men to have high prolactin levels these days, as the “normal” diet is what it is, along with multiple other factors…
Fortunately, it’s quite easy to learn how to lower prolactin levels naturally. Certain supplements, vitamins, herbs and minerals along with adequate sleep will do the trick, as explained above.
NOTE: Unnaturally high prolactin levels can also be a sign of pituitary gland tumor. So if your levels are extremely high and you have other hormonal problems, make sure that you get your brain scanned as quickly as possible.