Hair Loss And Supplements

Hair Loss and​ Supplements
It wasnt until his midfifties that my father started losing his hair . ​
I ​ remember the​ boxes of​ lotions,​ creams,​ heating massage pads that kept coming to​ his house much to​ my stepmothers chagrin . ​
But his hairline kept receding and​ a​ decade later,​ only a​ wellgreased tuft remained on​ the​ crown of​ his head . ​

Genetics had a​ lot to​ do with his situation . ​
My older brother,​ almost 60 now,​ is​ showing the​ same pattern of​ thinning hair . ​
But,​ unlike my father,​ he has a​ lot more treatment options at​ his disposal . ​

Causes for​ hair loss can run the​ gamut from genetics,​ medical treatments like chemotherapy,​ skin eczema or​ allergies,​ excessive stress,​ poor nutrition,​ hormonal changes like menopause and​ andropause,​ underactive thyroid,​ immune disorders to​ trichotillomania,​ a​ psychological disorder in​ which people are compelled to​ pull out their hair . ​
a​ study in​ England has also shown a​ direct connection between smoking and​ hair loss . ​
it​ also showed that smokers were 4 times more likely to​ have gray hair than nonsmokers . ​

Some conditions can be treated medically through ​Drug​s like minoxidil and​ corticosteroids . ​
Others might require something more drastic,​ like follicular hair transplant,​ a​ form of​ surgical hair restoration that does provide lasting benefits . ​
the​ cost,​ however,​ can be prohibitive . ​

But for​ us normal folks in​ our 30s,​ 40s,​ even 50s,​ who are just starting to​ notice our thinning hair,​ what preventative measures or​ supplementation can we​ take to​ minimize hair loss?
Because healthy hair is​ dependent on​ the​ health of​ the​ scalp hair requires a​ plentiful supply of​ nutrientrich blood to​ nourish the​ hair follicles in​ the​ scalp it​ makes sense that eating nutritionally balanced meals will promote healthy follicles and​ healthy hair growth . ​
in​ a​ recent interview,​ Dr . ​
Shari Lieberman Ph . ​
D CNS,​ a​ nutrition scientist and​ exercise physiologist at​ the​ University of​ Bridgeport,​ CT,​ claims that crash diets have been responsible for​ many cases of​ hair loss Im seeing a​ lot of​ women not eating enough protein . ​
a​ lot of​ them are eating vegetables; theyre eating carbs . ​
Theyve really gone off a​ lot of​ protein and​ sometimes Ill see hair loss in​ women for​ that . ​

There is​ no doubt that a​ daily diet rich in​ protein,​ good carbs and​ essential fats is​ important for​ hair health . ​
Hair is​ very sensitive to​ vitamin or​ mineral imbalances in​ the​ body . ​
a​ flaky scalp can be caused by too little vitamin A; however,​ too much vitamin a​ can also bring about hair loss . ​
Supplements,​ when taken on​ a​ consistent basis,​ at​ the​ average or​ standard dosage suggested below or​ at​ a​ dosage recommended by your physician,​ can be a​ strong deterrent to​ premature hair loss . ​
Consider the​ following
a Evening Primrose Oil and​ Flaxseed Oil . ​
Both of​ these are rich in​ omega3 fatty acids which are essential for​ strong,​ healthy hair . ​
Evening primrose oil contains a​ special fat called gammalinolenic acid GLA which the​ body converts to​ hormonelike compounds called prostaglandins . ​
the​ GLA in​ evening primrose oil is​ directly converted to​ antiinflammatory prostaglandins which are effective against eczema and​ skin allergies . ​
Taking evening primrose oil 1000mg 3 times a​ day will prevent hair loss that is​ caused by excess flaking and​ shedding of​ skin on​ the​ scalp . ​

b Flaxseed Oil 14 g a​ day provides substances called lignans which may help fight cancer,​ bacteria,​ viruses and​ fungi . ​
Flaxseed oil boosts the​ health of​ hair and​ nail and​ speeds the​ healing of​ scalp lesions that may contribute to​ hair loss . ​
a​ recent study involving 10 men between the​ ages of​ 20 and​ 70 in​ varying stages of​ male pattern baldness AGA showed that 8 of​ the​ subjects reported modest improvement of​ their hair loss condition,​ one reported much improvement and​ one subject reported no effect . ​
Throughout the​ study,​ the​ daily numbers of​ hair loss decreased and​ 50 percent of​ the​ subjects noticed a​ decrease in​ oil secretion in​ their scalp . ​

c Zinc 30mg can boost thyroid function and​ reduce hair loss that comes from an​ underactive thyroid . ​
Zinc must be taken with its companion Copper 2 mg a​ day in​ order to​ maintain proper mineral balance in​ the​ body . ​
Copper also contains melanin,​ the​ pigment that colors hair and​ skin and​ can help reverse or​ delay premature graying . ​
Zinc can also affect the​ levels of​ androgens,​ the​ hormones involved in​ some form of​ genetic hair loss . ​

d Biotin 1000 mcg a​ day and​ Vitamin B50 Complex 1 tablet twice a​ day can also reduce the​ oiliness and​ flakiness of​ the​ scalp and​ strengthen the​ condition of​ the​ hair . ​

Other preventative procedures could include a​ weekly scalp massage to​ stimulate blood flow and​ reduce stress which can contribute to​ hair loss,​ wearing a​ hat to​ protect hair and​ scalp from sun damage and​ avoiding abrasive hair treatment like permanents or​ coloring . ​

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