5 nutritional deficiencies that lead to hair loss
The phrase ‘You are what you eat’ is literally true.
The nutrients from the food we eat provide the foundation for our healthy body. Interestingly, hair is one of the fastest growing tissues in the body. Therefore, it requires adequate nutrition for proper growth. If it does not receive an adequate supply of nutrients, the result is clearly evident - hair loss and dull, dry, lustreless hair.
Below given are 5 common nutritional deficiencies that lead to hair loss:
- Iron: It is one of the most common deficiencies among women. Iron plays a crucial role in making hemoglobin (a compound that carries oxygen to cells) which is essential for the body functioning.
Sources: Red meat, fish, poultry, leafy vegetables, beans, dates
- B-Complex vitamins: B-Complex vitamins (biotin) promote blood circulation in the scalp, augment growth, and prevent premature graying and dryness.
Sources: Whole Grains, meat, seafood & dark, leafy greens
- Zinc: Zinc is a vital mineral for healthy hair, skin, and nails because it helps in the consumption of other key nutrients in our body and stimulates hair growth by enhancing our immune function.
Sources: Meat, shellfish, wheat germ, nuts, legumes
- Protein: Essential for hair growth, and the look and feel of your hair.
Sources: Lean meat, Pulses, soya, fish, eggs, dairy products
- Vitamins A and C: Vitamin A prevents dryness of scalp by ensuring that body produces and controls enough supply of sebum, natural oil required to keep scalp moist and healthy. However, don’t go overboard. Excess vitamin A can even lead to hair loss. Vitamin C aids in improving scalp circulation.
Sources of Vitamin A & C: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, papaya, green leafy vegetables, Indian gooseberry (amla)
If your diet appears to be adequate, but you continue to suffer from hair loss, speak to a hair expert. He/she will be able to examine and find out the root cause of your hair loss and suggest a customized treatment plan for your condition.