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Hair loss due to nutritional deficiency

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By Dr. Richfeel, Dermatology

It is imperative that the body gets a constant supply of minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, copper and iron. These are essential for the hair. The blood steam carries nutrition to the roots of the hair and helps to promote healthy hair.

Zinc –

Zinc is one of the most important mineral required for the growth of healthy hair. It is a trace mineral found in the body and plays a vital part in many bodily processes and functions such as cell reproduction, hormonal balance, absorption of vitamins and protein synthesis. All these processes are vital for proper hair growth. Zinc deficiency leads to weak hair shafts and slow hair regrowth. Various zinc supplements available in the market can counter zinc deficiencies, and can fight hair thinning and hair loss. Zinc gluconate at a dose of 50 or 60 mg per day for two weeks is recommended. Other zinc supplements are zinc oxide, zinc chloride and zinc sulphate.

Zinc taken in combination with selenium is a good way to help your body utilize proteins and hormones and produce more hair. It has also been found that vitamin A, C , E and vitamin B6 aid these two minerals in promoting hair regrowth.

Calcium – 

Calcium makes hair stronger and firmer. Dairy, yeast, nuts, tofu and beans are good sources of calcium. Calcium works with magnesium. A combination of calcium and magnesium will ensure better hair growth. Common foods which are high magnesium are nuts, grains, and beans.

Copper – 

Copper helps to prevent hair loss and contributes to improving hair colour and thickness. Copper can be added to the diet through grains and beans.

Iron – 

Iron is acknowledge to prevent hair loss and can be taken in from green leafy vegetables.

Silica – 

Silica prevents hair loss and is found in grains and beans.

Manganese – 

Manganese ensures hair growth at a fast pace. It can be found in beans, grains and nuts .It ensures good hair.

Potassium and Selenium – 

Minerals also work to equalise circulation in the scalp. Inferior circulation is frequently a cause of hair loss. Potassium is an effective mineral at providing regular circulation. It allows proper nutrients to travel to the scalp and assist hair growth. Selenium makes your scalp supple and ensures blood circulation to the hair follicle. The minerals can be found in grains and dairy products.