loss as a result of nutrition deficiency is a popular claim made
by many selling hair loss cures. However there are several points
for you to consider when considering that nutritional deficiency
may be contributing to your hair loss.
Promoters of quack hair products like to tell you about minerals
and nutrients important for hair growth like amino acids, vitamin
B6 and zinc. They tell you about all the wonderful things vitamins
and minerals do and the terrible consequences of having a diet deficiency.
Certainly being malnourished can cause diffuse hair loss. The color
of hair can also change, it becomes progressively orange with long
term malnourishment. You may have seen this in news pictures taken
of starving people.
However, for hair loss to occur from general diet deficiency you
would have to be extremely malnourished and effectively starving.
Those suffering from anorexia may have hair loss but even for someone
with this condition, hair loss is an unusual symptom. It is possible
to have a specific diet deficiency that may cause diffuse telogen
effluvium hair loss. A diet deficient in iron can cause telogen
effluvium. Women in particular may have an iron deficiency due to
the regular loss of iron in blood during menstruation. However,
a balanced western diet is more than adequate to provide all the
nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for healthy hair growth.
Promoters of quack products containing nutrient supplements often
claim that the western diet is unhealthy and deficient in the appropriate
nutrients needed for hair growth. Certainly if you lived on a diet
consisting entirely of junk food you may have hair problems, but
most people eat a diet varied enough to provide the nutrients required
for hair growth. Minor adjustments to diet in line with government
recommendations on daily nutrient intake is more than adequate to
assure your hair is receiving all the nutrients it requires. Changing
your diet is a significantly cheaper and healthier option than adding
expensive supplements "especially formulated" for healthy
hair growth. If a balanced diet provides all the nutrients hair
needs why are there so many dietary supplements available for healthy
Sellers of dietary supplements for hair ignore or even discount
the balanced diet recommendations made by governments of various
countries such as the USA and UK. They may say the diet system and
daily intake recommendations are inadequate or not appropriate for
hair growth. However, consider that the recommended daily diet amounts
have been developed through many years of research, numerous scientific
studies, and a lot of money! The recommended daily amounts for various
nutrients have been carefully researched and considered, it is unlikely
that the dietary supplement seller knows more about daily food requirements
than all the scientists and diet advisors that contributed to the
design of government balanced diet recommendations.
Diet supplement sellers are unlikely to tell you that you can obtain
all the nutrients you need for your hair from your diet, otherwise
they would not be able to create a demand for their product. They
may not tell you they earn their living from such pronouncements
via public appearance fees, product endorsements, sale of publications,
or financial interests in vitamin companies, health-food stores,
or organic farms. Your local grocery store has many products with
nutrients appropriate for healthy hair growth.