Diet, Nutrition & Hair Loss

Can You Stop Hair Loss With The Right Diet?

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Is it possible to slow down hair loss by eating the right diet?  Can supplements help you grow strong and healthy hair?  Here we explore the important role your diet and nutrition play in preventing or slowing down hair loss.  

We all know that a well-rounded diet is the best idea if you want your body to function effectively. As a rule, you should minimise your intake of processed foods, unhealthy take-aways, limit alcohol consumption and sugary drinks, and avoid foods containing artificial colours and preservatives.

So, let's look at which foods are good for your hair...

Eggs are a 'super food' as they contain Vitamins A and E, Biotin, Folate, and proteins. The egg yolk contains healthy fats which can make the hair healthier. 

Salmon is high in protein, vitamin D, B12, and omega-3 fats, which are nutrients that can support hair health and growth. Research suggests that vitamin D helps start the anagen (growth phase) of the hair. 

Avocados are packed with Vitamin C and folate (plus many other fabulous nutrients).  Vitamin C aids with the absorption of iron which is important in regulating the hair growth cycle. Folate (also known as Vitamin B9) helps make and repair DNA molecules. Ageing, defective, and damaged DNA causes hair problems, including alopecia.

Lentils are rich in protein which is essential for the hair growth cycle. Reduced protein intake may trigger telogen effluvium (excessive shedding of the resting hair). Lentils also contain amino acids to support hair growth, and folic acid which helps develop red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.

Spinach and kale contain B Vitamins and Vitamin C (amongst other superb nutrients). Eat a diet with lots of dark leafy greens and you may experience hair growth as they contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients which may protect the hair follicle from damage. 

Greek yoghurt is rich in Bitamin B5 which helps promote blood flow to the scalp. It is also high in Vitamin B12, protein and selenium which together can protect the hair follicle against oxidative damage, and improve overall hair health. 

Sunflower seeds contain plant-based protein and vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant so may promote hair health by protecting hair follicle cells against oxidative damage.

Strawberries are rich in silica which helps strengthen hair, improve hair texture and prevent hair thinning and breakage. 

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Vitamins & Supplements for Healthy Hair

There are many reasons why people experience hair loss. These range from genetics, health conditions and menopausal hormone changes to diet, stress or even Covid. It is important you contact your healthcare provider to discuss whether hair loss may result from an underlying health issue or nutrient deficiency.

Food supplements can be an effective way to support and maintain healthy hair but there is no substitute for a healthy, well-balanced diet.  If you are eating correctly you may experience healthy hair growth, reduced shedding, an improvement in hair condition.

Supplements that support healthy hair include Biotin, zinc, Vitamin A, C and D, Selenium, Niacin, B Vitamins and Vitamin B12.