By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
Just like a beautiful smile, our hair is one of the first things people notice at a first meeting. Women spend loads of money on products, tools, hair appointments, and treatments but what happens if you begin to experience hair loss?
Could Vitamin Deficiency Be The Culprit of Your Hair Loss? Vitamins are serious players in building strong, healthy, beautiful hair. If these are lacking in your diet, it can make it difficult to see your hair at it’s fullest potential! And who doesn’t love having gorgeous hair!
Up first is Vitamin C. Because Vitamin C is water-soluble our bodies can’t store excess amounts so it must be continually replenished with dark leafy greens, red bell peppers, potatoes, and citrus fruits to name a few options.
B-Complex Vitamin deficiencies can cause dizziness and fatigue as well as hair loss, along with weak, brittle hair. One of the most important B vitamins, for healthy hair, is called, biotin. Other B vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. ALL of the B vitamins are important for healthy hair and to prevent hair loss.
Vitamin E supports circulation in the scalp and reduces free radical damage to hair follicles. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that can aid in preventing oxidative stress. Sources of E are sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, and avocado.
Vitamin A is needed by all of our cells for growth and this does include the hair which is the fastest growing tissue in the body. Vitamin A helps brings moisture to the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. BUT A needs to be in balance, too little can cause hair loss and too much can cause hair loss. Foods highest in vitamin A are sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach, eggs, yogurt, cod liver oil, and kale.
Zinc is a mineral I have noticed helps my hair be healthy, shiny and strong! Zinc deficiency is a common cause of hair loss. Foods high in zinc are oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and lentils.
Amino acids and protein are important for healthy hair. I can remember doing a vitamin panel on a young man with hair loss. All of his vitamins and minerals were good, but amino acids were low. Once properly supported, his hair started to grow.
Vitamin D can be linked to alopecia which is a term used for hair loss. Vitamin D can help create new hair follicles where new hair can grow. Some food sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, cod liver oil, mushrooms, and fortified foods.
Because there are so many vitamins and mineral deficiencies that can cause hair loss, Nutritionally Yours offers three options of Vitamin and Mineral Test Kits. These can be ordered through our website, and results will be returned in about four weeks with a written protocol specifically for you which explains exactly how to begin your journey not only to beautiful stronger shiny hair but also more energy and an overall healthier YOU!
Consider the vitamin, mineral blood test + Omega 3 panel
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.