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In some cases, a mineral deficiency causes hair loss. Spinach is rich in iron and also contains sebum, which acts as a natural hair conditioner. Spinach also contains omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium and calcium which can aid in keeping your hair on your head and out of the drain.
Have you ever noticed that every statue of a Greek hero features a man with a thick head of full wavy hair? Many would say that it was the artist’s choice, and nothing more. But, we say that it’s probably due to the thick, protein-rich yogurt that Greeks and other Mediterranean cultures have been eating since 500 B.C. Greek yogurt is rich in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) which helps with the blood flow to your scalp as well as hair growth.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. So, if you are experiencing an inflammation which is causing your hair to shed, it is best to get your omega-3s from natural sources such as salmon and cold water fish such as sardines and mackerel. Some experts believe that in both male-pattern balding and female hair loss there is sometimes an association with insulin resistance. Salmon is one of the foods that helps the body produce insulin more efficiently.
Besides smelling like a water holiday, cinnamon improves the circulation throughout your body which helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. Stir some cinnamon into your morning coffee for a tasty and healthy addition to your diet.
Oats are loaded with iron, fiber, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). All of these stimulate hair growth, and can help to make it thick and healthy.
According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, a double-blind study was conducted to test an oral supplement containing vitamin C in women with thinning hair. The findings showed that the supplement promoted “significant hair growth in women with temporary hair thinning.” Now, why have we listed guava as the ideal food source for vitamin C? Because one guava contains four to five times as much vitamin C as one orange.
The B vitamin called biotin is packed into eggs. Biotin helps strengthen both fingernails and hair. Not enough biotin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources for biotin include almonds, avocados and salmon
Protein, iron, zinc and biotin are all present in lentils. But, most important, lentils are an excellent source of folic acid which is needed to restore the health of red blood cells that supply skin and scalp with oxygen.
There is a saying that oysters are for lovers because people who love oysters love life. We don’t know if this is true or not. What we do know, is that oysters are loaded with zinc, which is an important mineral for overall health. When you don’t have enough zinc you can experience hair loss – even in your eyelashes.
Most notably in women, an iron deficiency can lead to hair loss. Liver, as well as other organ meats, is a great source of iron. When you think liver, think pate. As they say, pate could help to cover your pate.
Without enough protein less new hair will replace what’s falling out. The result will be a net hair loss. Get your protein from chicken, fish grass-fed beef and lean pork.
This is an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E repairs sun damage on the scalp, which can cause hair to thin.
The oils from nuts can add to the amount of elastin in your hair. Elastin keeps your hair supple and prevents it from breaking.
Bok Choy is a good source for ferritin which is the name given to the iron that is stored in our bodies. And, as we’ve mentioned before, iron is an important mineral for hair.
These are a good source for beta carotene which stimulates the glands in your scalp to make sebum, an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that helps prevent hair and skin from drying out.
This is a good source for magnesium, an important mineral which can aid in keeping your hair on your head and not in the bathroom sink.
These mushrooms are very rich in copper. It has been shown in a recent study that copper can prevent premature graying. It seems to be the main key to reversing graying hair.
While the above may assist with maintaining healthy hair and growth, they will have no effect on pattern baldness and associated hair loss. We will continue our discussion about the combination of a healthy diet and healthy hair next month. In the meantime, for any questions, please call one of the experts at Hairline Clinic: 800.322.1237.