It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman: losing the hair on your head can be a devastating experience. What if the treatment for hair loss could be found in a vitamin or mineral, you’d take it wouldn’t you? Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a single hair is about 4.5 years. When the hair’s time is up, it simply falls out. The average person can expect to lose roughly 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, if you’re experiencing above normal hair lossyou’ll want to continue reading. Alopecia (al-oh-PEE-shah), the medical term for hair loss, can result from some types of medication, a recent illness or infection, genetics, or a dietary deficiency. Understanding the cause of your hair loss can help determine if there is something you can do, like take a vitamin supplement to prevent, reduce or even stop excess hair from falling out. Knowing the cause of losing hair can help you determine if you’re a candidate for an alternative hair regrowth treatment.
Blame family genetics
Yep, you guessed it. That receding hairline and/or balding pattern you’ve noticed can come from either side of the family tree. So look to your grandparents for possible clues for your female or male patterned baldness. Don’t lose hope though; low-level light therapy is a newly recognized hair loss treatment. For men and women with thinning hair and patterned baldness LLLT can be very helpful.
Your hair is sick (and not in a good way)
Illness, infection, even medication can wreak havoc on your body and this includes your hair. When your body is fighting illness, normal hair growth can get interrupted. The good news is that this kind of hair loss is temporary and in most cases your hair will regrow once you’re feeling well again. Consult your doctor if you think your hair loss may be related to a medical concern.
Your diet is causing your hair to fall out
That’s right. Your hair, just like your body, needs nutrients to stay healthy and grow. Before you start taking vitamins and minerals willy-nilly to prevent hair loss or as a regrowth treatment, it’s important to understand which nutrients your body may be lacking.
Vitamin or Mineral Deficiency
There are a number of vitamins and minerals that have been known to support healthy hair growth and could be incorporated into your daily diet. Below are four of the most common.
The benefits of B-complex vitamins: There are eight B vitamins and all are needed for optimal health. B vitamins help the body to produce energy and red blood cells. They also help restore shine and thickness to hair strains.
The benefits of zinc: According to the Mayo Clinic, a zinc deficiency is caused by inadequate intake or absorption, increased zinc excretion, or increased bodily need for zinc. Zinc deficiency symptoms include growth retardation, hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation, impotence, eye and skin conditions, and loss of appetite.
The benefits of vitamin D: Referred to as the sunshine vitamin because we humans convert sunlight into vitamin D. It also plays a role in maintaining healthy hair follicles. Healthy follicles help to prevent hair loss.
The benefits of iron: An iron deficiency commonly referred to as anemia, can cause many problems including hair loss. Even people who aren’t anemic can have low iron levels. Before taking a vitamin or mineral supplement we recommend you consult with your physician or healthcare provider to ensure proper dosage and need.
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