How Does nutrients Connect to Hair Loss?

Nutrient Deficiency is one of the leading root causes of hair loss, the hair growth cycle depends highly on your nutrition, which fuel the hair growth cycle. Research has found there are certain nutrients that have been identified as critical for HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH (1,2).

Hair growth Building Blocks

  • ZINC
  • IRON
  • SELENIUM 
  • VITAMIN A, D, & E
  • BIOTIN
  • SEVERAL B VITAMINS 
  • AMINO ACIDS

Our bodies doesn’t look at the hair growth cycle as a super necessity in order to survive, if there’s a limited supply of nutrients in the body hair would be one of first things to go. Biotin is our hair GOD!! Our intestinal bacteria is suppose to produce adequate levels of biotin to support healthy hair strands. Biotin can possibly be get destroyed by  dysbiosis or antibiotic usage which can be interrupting the normal biotin synthesis. 

 

Amino Acids, are critical to our well being and support every thing from hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis to collagen and healthy hair.

  • Amino acid Cysteine is a component of keratin
  • Amino Acid Lysine doesn’t support the the structure of the hair strand, it’s still an essential component and is shown to play a major role in hair growth building blocks like Iron and zinc.
  • B vitamins are required to support amino acids processes like the production of cysteine. 
  • Many Proteins have enough B-Vitamins, add foods or supplements if your proteins are lacking B-vitamins

The Powerhouse of the cells: Mitchondria

Hair growth is a highly energy – demanding process. without proper support the mitochondria may not be able to produce enough energy to grow healthy hair. Mitochondria are sensitive to toxin which damage and derange the organelles. 

Below is a list of  Nutrients that support the Mitochondria ( some is use to fight off oxidative damage within the cell)(3)

  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Alpha lipoic acid 
  • Vitamin E & Vitamin C
  • Acetyl-l-carnitine
  • N-acetyl-cysteine
  • Magnesium
  • Polyphenols

Hair Toxicity 

Heavy Metal Mercury: is a highly detrimental toxin to hair growth. It is considered an anti-nutrient because it depletes critical vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can show up it hair as thinning unhealthy hair strands.

** The ION Profile test is used to asses levels of common toxic elements including mercury.

Phytate or Phytic Acid: A natural compound found in beans and grains. Benign foods  can also block nutrient bio-availability. Phytate binds to minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium ( these nutrients aids in hair growth ) . If your experiencing hair loss you may want to eliminate grains and beans from your diet for a short period of time and asses the possible effects.

DIGESTION ( Poor Digestion leads to Nutrient Deficiencies )

Maldigestion: The body being  unable to completely breakdown the foods you that is eaten. 

Malabsorptin: due to lack of enzymes or gut inflammation, nutrients form your diet and not absorb properly. 

Zinc is and important nutrient used to support protein digestion, its a co-factor required for pancreatic protease enzyme synthesis(). This enzyme is critical for protein digestion and influences nutrient availability for hair growth.

The GI Effects Comprehensive Profile Stool test can be used to determine how efficiently the body is digesting and absorbing food(1) (4)

 

Conclusion

Nutrient Deficiencies  is a ROOT CAUSE to Hair Loss, nutrients such as zinc, iron, magnesium, biotin, vitamin A, D & E, are hair growth building blocks. The hair growth cycle needs essential vitaminsminerals and supporting factors for our bodies to prioritize and produce hair. The mitochondria  protects from oxidation and  need help gaining enough energy for the intensive energy process of growing hair. 

 

July 2020

References: 1. Britt Reuter, Girl’s Guide to Reversing Hair Loss 2. Guo El, Katta R. Diet and Hair Loss: effects of nutrients deficiency and spplement use. Dematol Pract Concep 2017 3. Pizzornorno J. mitochondria-fundemental to Life and Health. Intergr Med (Encitntas).2019