Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: March 20, 2017 Comments: 0
Hair loss (medically termed “alopecia”) is a common condition faced by both men and women. Age, hormones, and genetics are some of the main culprits for causing those precious strands to fall. For men, this process can start at a very young age. The American Hair Loss Association states that by the age of 35, two-thirds of American men experience some sort of hair loss, and by age 50, 85% show signs of significant hair loss or thinning hair. Although it is commonly stated that hair loss is a condition only faced by men, it can also be a stressful experience for many women. The Association continues to comment that women actually account for 40% of American hair loss sufferers. Although hair loss is a non-threatening condition, the emotional and social implications of it can be overwhelming.
Before addressing the issue, it’s important to know the cause of your hair loss. For example, certain medical conditions such as thyroid disease or fungal infections of the scalp can cause the hair to thin. On the other hand, some prescription medications, such as those related to cancer treatment, can also cause hair loss. If you notice your hair is thinning, or if you suspect it may be a side effect of your prescription medication, discuss the issue with your healthcare practitioner to help you identify the real cause behind it.
Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, these nutritional supplements may help to slow the progression of hair loss and may even stimulate regrowth:
Biotin – Deficiencies in biotin can cause hair loss and scaly dermatitis, therefore supplementing with this essential B vitamin (B7), can contribute to healthy hair growth.
Nettle – This nutrient may help to stimulate hair follicles. It is also a source of silica, which is necessary for strong, shiny hair.
Saw Palmetto – This herbal product is well known for strengthening your immune system and helping with prostate health, but it is also effective in treating male pattern baldness.
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(3) Wartian Smith, Pamela. (2008). What you must know about vitamins, minerals, herbs & more. Garden City, NY: Square One Publishers.