We lose 50 to 100 strands of our hair each day. This is not as alarming as it sounds if you consider that the average healthy scalp holds 120,000-150,000 strands, and those hairs that are lost regenerate quickly. Quickly, that is if you’re not in the advanced throes of hair loss.
While the root of hair loss is usually genetic, any number of circumstances can cause it. The list is long, but most people know that anything from stress to medication to disease can produce a receding hairline. What few people realize is that diet figures heavily into the equation as well.
So here are five nutrients (and nutrient groups) that could stem your hair loss today:
Hair is made up of protein. Thus, it should serve as no surprise that the nutrient is so critical for hair retention.
Nine out of ten of the hairs on your head are in the growing phase. This phase lasts 2 to 3 years and is followed by a resting phase of about three months. At the end of its resting phase, a hair is shed and replaced. If you don’t get enough protein, many more hairs enter the resting phase much earlier, and you will begin to lose more than your average 50 to 100 strands daily.
If you aren’t getting enough protein, it will be easy enough to tell—hair loss can accelerate substantially within two to three months of the onset of a protein deficiency.
Sulfur deficiency affects some negative changes on the human body—causing brittle nails, dry skin, and hair loss. Sulfur is in many of the same sources as protein, which is convenient for anyone concerned with hair loss. This super mineral is in a variety of vegetables like garlic, turnips, cabbage, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, onions, and seaweed.
3. Zinc and Magnesium
Zinc is credited with improving cell and tissue growth and repair and is thus excellent for your scalp. The mineral has also been shown to regulate testosterone and oil secretion. Both of these functions promote hair growth. You can get your daily fix in seafood, poultry and dairy.
A deficiency of magnesium (yet another mineral critical for cell growth) has also been linked to hair loss. Foods high in magnesium include avocados, fish, beans, yogurt and dark chocolate.
Iron deficiency anemia is a frequent cause of hair loss. The affliction can be caused by diet, poor iron absorption or blood loss. It can be countered, however, by iron-rich foods like liver, mussels, spinach and red meat.
5. Vitamins A, C, and E
Vitamin C is essential for two reasons. The first: C is necessary for the production of collagen, and collagen keeps the scalp healthy. The second: The vitamin facilitates the body’s iron absorption.
Vitamin E is important because it improves circulation, and this, in turn, promotes scalp health.
In the digestion process, beta-carotene, which is found in spinach, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables, turns into vitamin A—and vitamin A supports hair growth. Be careful, however, because vitamin A in excess can have the opposite effect, and cause hair loss!
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