Can Vitamin Deficiency Cause Hair Loss?
Is Your Hair Suffering From Malnutrition?
The most common causes of hair loss over the course of a lifetime include hereditary factors, hormonal changes that decrease estrogen or increase testosterone and an acute or chronic illness. Dietary problems like intestinal malabsorption and poor eating habits can also result in a person receiving insufficient nutrients to promote hair growth and strength. Diet can even increase inflammation of the gut and scalp resulting in poor nutrient usage and damaged follicles. Noticeable signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies beyond hair thinning and hair loss include brittle hair, skin rash, dry or flaky skin, fragile nails, fatigue and depression. Some of the most promising news about hair restoration is that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are treatable through dietary and lifestyle changes.
The human body requires nutrients to aid in healthy tissue production, improved digestion for better nutrient absorption, reduction of intestinal and whole-body inflammation, and hormone and insulin balance. The following short list covers several of the top vitamins and minerals that can help reverse and prevent balding and brittle hair:
– B vitamins, especially B7 or biotin, increase hair production and improve hair strength.
– Vitamin C and iron help with the oxygen-rich red blood cell production that’s necessary for healthy tissue growth, especially hair follicles.
– Selenium and zinc aid in digestion and neurological functions that help control hormones and growth processes.
If the source of your hair loss is one or more vitamin or mineral deficiencies, you can typically restore your hair back to it’s previous luxuriously healthy state by adding the following foods to your diet. You can also balance hormones and reduce harmful inflammation.
– Vitamin and mineral sources: nuts, avocados, beef, liver, haddock, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, eggs, dark chocolate, molasses, Brazil nuts and bananas
– Phytoestrogen sources: flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, oats, soybeans, ginseng, carrots, rice, yams, apples and licorice
– Anti-inflammatory properties: brightly-colored fruits and vegetables like cherries, especially tart cherries, berries and green leafy vegetables; and certain nuts like pecans and walnuts
Hair restoration isn’t always about procedures. It starts with a healthy diet. Sometimes you can improve your hair by simply adding key nutrients to your body and modifying inflammation processes that cause damage through healthier dietary choices. For those who have progressed to significant thinning, there are several medical options. We’d love to speak to you about what is possible.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.