Nutritional Deficiency Treatments:
If you lack of certain nutrient(s), start changing your diet and eating habits as soon as possible. This is extremely important to fulfill your body and hair’s demand. First, consult your doctor to verify your deficiency and if you should use supplements to increase nutrient intake.
- Protein: If deficient in protein, try consuming more protein-rich foods like grass fed beef, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and dark legumes. If you are on a vegan/vegetarian diet, there is plenty of protein sources such as edamame, quinoa, beans (black, pinto, red, white, etc), chickpeas, tofu, etc. If this diet change still doesn’t help you, it would be strongly recommended that you consider taking protein supplements either from Whey Protein or Plant Protein.
- Iron: If you’re anemic, try consuming more iron-rich foods like spinach, edamame, asparagus, oatmeal, all types of cereal, etc. If this is still not enough, consider taking iron supplements.
- Zinc: If you lack zinc, try consuming more zinc-rich foods like beef, turkey, chicken, oysters (highest source), wheat germ, cereal, pumpkin seeds, baked beans and chickpeas. If adding these foods to your diet isn’t improving your deficiency, consider supplementing with zinc supplements.
- Omega-3: If you lack Omega-3 fatty acids, try consuming more foods like salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, chia seeds, edamame, radish seeds and beans. Many oils such as flaxseed, canola and walnut oil are high in Omega-3. Eat them moderately. Many people are deficient of this nutrient and usually tend to take fish oil supplements to aid them with their issue. So, if you feel like you need to do the same thing and that consuming high Omega-3 foods isn’t enough, then, by all means, consider taking supplements as well. If you are vegetarian/vegan, switch to flaxseed oil supplements.
- Vitamin A: If your body requires more vitamin A, try consuming more foods like carrots (one of the best source of beta carotene which convert to vitamin A in the body), sweet potato, kale, spinach, broccoli and eggs. If you feel like adding these foods to your diet isn’t improving your deficiency, consider supplementing with vitamin A supplements. But, be careful as TOO much vitamin A can also be a bad thing and lead to hair loss again.
- B vitamins: If you lack some or maybe all of the B vitamins;
- Try more thiamine (vitamin B1) rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables,whole-grain cereals, green peas, lentils and nuts like almonds and pecans.
- Riboflavine (vitamin B2): Eat more foods like yogurt, cheese, spinach, asparagus, chicken, fish and eggs.
- Niacin (vitamin B3): Try more foods like chicken, salmon, tuna, legumes, peanuts and pasta.
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): Try more foods like lentils, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and broccoli.
- Vitamin B6: Try foods like poultry, bananas, spinach and potatoes.
- Folate (vitamin B9), try more foods like leafy green vegetables and all grains (pasta, bread, rice, etc).
- Vitamin B12 is one of the most deficient nutrient in America. To overcome this, usually animal foods like shellfish, fin fish, clams and beef contain it. If you are vegan/vegetarian, foods like soy products and cereals fortified with the vitamin are good sources. Other than that, consider supplementing with vitamin B12, as it’s mostly found in animal products nowadays.
- For biotin, try more foods like egg yolks, salmon and avocado.
Biotin is very popular in the hair industry for its ability to increase the health and thickness of the hair.
For that reason, many people like to consume very large doses of it. They usually supplement with it to assure that they get it in high quantity (more than they get in simple food).
When supplementing with biotin to achieve more hair thickness, you’ll also need to drink a lot of water as this vitamin is water-soluble and would otherwise cause breakage to your skin.
- Vitamin C: If your body is deficient in vitamin C, try consuming more foods like red and green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, papaya, guava and, of course, citrus fruits like oranges and clementines. If adding these foods to your diet isn’t improving your deficiency, consider supplementing with vitamin C supplements.
- Vitamin D: If you lack vitamin D, chances are that you don’t go outside enough or you live in a region where the sun is less present. In fact, the sun is the single best source of vitamin D! So, all you really need to do is expose yourself to sunshine. But, if you want to get your vitamin D from food sources, you certainly can. Start consuming more foods like milk, eggs, salmon, rice and oats. For vegans, you can go with portabella mushrooms (excellent source) and soy or almond milk fortified with vitamin D. Although, again, getting your daily dose of sunshine is the best thing you can do to let your body absorb this vitamin. If this still doesn’t improve your deficiency, consider supplementing with vitamin D supplements. Interestingly, a 2002 study at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine published in the journal “Endocrinology” found that vitamin D3 seems to stimulate hair growth in mice that otherwise do not grow hair. To do this, vitamin D3 even created the growth of new hair follicles.(1)
- Vitamin E: If you lack vitamin E, try consuming more foods like spinach, avocado, dandelion greens, eggs, red peppers, cereal, almonds (great source), peanuts and extra virgin olive oil. If adding these foods to your diet isn’t improving your deficiency, consider supplementing with vitamin E supplements or even applying vitamin E directly to your scalp using vitamin E oils.
A consistent healthy diet is crucial to allow your hair to glow!
Consume the recommended foods for your deficiencies CONSISTENTLY. After going through nutritional deficiencies, it takes a long time for the body to run on normal levels of the lacking nutrient(s). It is a long-term process that might take months to be solved depending on the level of deficiency.
Finasteride, found in product pills like Propecia, is the most effective DHT blocker on the market. DHT is a hormone responsible for 95% of baldness around the world. To learn more about this hormone, check out the section on “Male and Female Pattern Baldness in the “Causes of Hair Loss” page.
In fact, after 6 months of usage, a balding individual can regain up to 30% of the lost hair! This product is clinically proven to work, but, just like Minoxidil, those hair gains fall back after stopping the consumption of the pills.
Taken orally, it can have very unwanted side effects. It has been reported that it can actually cause sexual dysfunction due to the TOO powerful decrease in DHT which is an important hormone for the male sex drive. You’ll get your hair back though… It would not be recommended for women, especially pregnant women as it could strongly cause birth defects.
If you’re interested in getting this product anyway and at your own risks , consult your doctor first.
Nettle Root and Stinging Nettle Leaf:
For a good and more natural DHT inhibitor without the side effects of Finasteride, try nettle root extract!
Although, that also means that it’s not as effective in decreasing the levels of DHT in the body. Yet, it still does an awesome job in dimishing them to quite a balanced level. This herb comes from the Stinging nettle. Its leaf can also be digested but with generally less DHT inhibiting properties.
The leaf is usually consummed as tea. As well as the root, it contains many important minerals such as silica, potassium, iron and calcium (very good source) and vitamins such as vitamin A, b-complex vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin K1.
Nettle root can be taken orally or applied topically. Thus, that is the reason why it is found in a lot of anti hair loss shampoos.
In certain cases, it could cause small side effects like stomach cramps, skin irritation, hives and fluid retention and should absolutely not be consummed when pregnant. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, nettle is contraindicated with the following medications: Warfarin, or Coumadin, aspirin, Plavix, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, diabetes medications, diuretics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.(2) To be sure, go see a doctor before starting taking nettle root.
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Pumpkin seeds are another way to naturally block DHT through diet.
It is rich in Delta-7-Sterine which stops DHT from binding to androgen receptors. It also contains Beta-Sitosterol which inhibits the enzyme 5α-reductase from creating DHT by conversion from testosterone.
This has a lot of zinc which helps in tissue repair, then leading to good maintenance of the hair. What a better way to promote hair growth and decrease thinning hair then by snacking on some seeds?
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In fact, it is one of the most popular herbal treatment for those trying to reverse the balding process.
While it is certainly effective on enlarged prostate, specific studies are yet to confirm its effect on hair loss. Although, there is a 2014 study showing the results of 25 patients using a topical lotion containing Saw Palmetto. It showed that 11.9% of the patients had an increase in hair count after 4 months of treatment.(3)
Many people still notice positive results like thickening of the hair and less hair fall when consuming it as capsules.
There can be some light and rare side effects like headaches and stomach pains. The stomach pains would usually occur when the berry extract is consumed on an empty stomach.