Inflammation and Thinning Hair
Inflammation is a complex process that’s intended to help the body repel pathogens and heal and repair wounds after an injury. Sometimes, though, it can be counterproductive. It is believed that a type of inflammation can cause some types of thinning hair. The follicles wither, and since they can no longer support the hair shaft, it falls out. Eventually, the thinning hair becomes noticeable and may result in baldness.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT INFLAMMATION AND HAIR LOSS
The good news about inflammation is it can usually be slowed down. The secret is in the diet. There are diets that lower the levels of unnecessary inflammation and can contribute to hair restoration.
THE ANTI-INFLAMMATION DIET
A good anti-inflammation diet is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and substances called antioxidants. Among the staples of an anti-inflammatory diet are:
- Cold water fatty fish: This includes fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and herring.
- Watermelon: Watermelon is so watery it is surprising to learn it’s so full of nutrients. Watermelon has lycopene, which inhibits some of the processes that lead to inflammation. It also contains antioxidants.
- Avocados: The avocado is one of those fruits that is commonly considered a vegetable. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other substances such as phytosterols that can reduce inflammation.
- Green, leafy vegetables: These vegetables include kale, mustard greens, spinach and collard greens. Other vegetables that are good for reducing inflammation include Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
- Olive oil: Olive oil is a big part of the Mediterranean diet, a popular anti-inflammation diet. It’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Whole grains: Eating whole grains can bring down levels of C-reactive protein levels, which are markers for inflammation.
- Nuts: Nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and pecans are also high in inflammation lowering omega-3 fatty acids.
- Blueberries: These berries are small but powerful. They are rich in antioxidants and anthocyanin, which not only gives them their dark blue color but helps reduce inflammation and can aid in hair restoration.
If you’ve improved your diet and your hair is continuing to thin, there is good news. We have great hair restoration therapies. We’d love to speak with you about the possibilities!
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.