On The Griffin Center’s website, we touch on many hair loss causes, such as heredity, age, and certain medications. Too often, we forget that the root of many heath concerns lies in what we put into our bodies. Significant nutritional deficiency can cause hair to thin, break, or fall out. Just as damage from styling hair with habits such as frequent blow drying can occur, similar damage is caused by improper nutrition.
Voluminous and full hair is generally a sign of good health and youthfulness, and partially why so much effort is made by both men and women to have healthy hair. The living part of hair under the scalp holds the root within the follicle, which derives nutrients from the blood. While providing proper nutrition from within takes more time than a deep conditioning treatment, it can produce more results in reducing visible hair damage than any other treatment.
Dietary supplements can help improve the condition of thinning hair and promote regrowth. Biotin, a B-vitamin, is a key regulatory element in gluconeogenesis, fatty acid synthesis, and in the metabolism of some amino acids, which are important for healthy hair composition. Amino acid supplements can aid in healthy hair growth, most notably the amino acid cysteine, which stimulates growth and protects hair from damage. Cysteine may either be consumed in the form of a supplement containing cysteine or through foods such as chicken, turkey, and broccoli. If you take a multivitamin, you are likely consuming an acceptable amount of the mineral zinc, which promotes cell reproduction and maintains oil-secreting glands of the hair follicle. Avoid zinc deficiency, which can cause excessive shedding, by consuming eggs, nuts, and whole grains. Before beginning any supplements, be sure to visit one of our hair restoration specialists to evaluate the cause of your hair loss and what treatments you would benefit from.
Most importantly to gaining nourishment that leads to vibrant hair is a balanced diet. Including omega-3 rich foods such as salmon, avocado, and walnuts will also provide you with hair-fortifying biotin and vitamins D and E. Picking a diet rich in yellow and orange produce accompanied by dark leafy green vegetables can provide vitamin A, which encourages healthy cell and tissue production. Vitamin C is another vitamin essential to keeping hair moisturized by adequate sebum production as well as regulating collagen production. To be sure you get enough, aim for a combination of citrus fruits, berries, greens, sweet potatoes and other vitamin C rich foods every day.
Upon visiting The Griffin Center, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis can help you recognize the cause of your hair loss as well as identify the correct path of treatment. If you are interested in hair restoration and improving the condition of your hair, please contact us and be sure to follow The Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.