Hairloss occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles, where hair growth begins. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hairloss or complete body hairloss. Reasons for hairloss can range from the simple nutrition deficiency to the more complex health conditions. Anything that interferes with the normal hair growth cycle like medication, illness, infection or chemicals have the capability to stop hair from being formed properly. The common types of hairloss includes male-pattern hairloss, female-pattern hairloss, alopecia areata and thinning of hair known as telogen effluvium.
Male pattern hair loss can be caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) (produced locally at the site of hair roots) causes a change in the hair roots on the scalp. The hair produced by the affected follicles become progressively smaller in diameter, shorter in length and lighter in color until eventually the follicles shrink completely and stop producing hair.5 Other causes include family history, medications like steroids, thyroid conditions.
There are many causes of hairloss. A combination of genetic and hormonal factors can lead to hairloss. Hair becomes progressively smaller in diameter, shorter in length and lighter in color until eventually the hair roots shrink completely and stop producing hair.
Vitamin C is particularly beneficial for increasing blood circulation on the scalp and supporting the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair roots. E.g. Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, pepper, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kiwi, sprouts. Iron helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. Without sufficient oxygen, the hair bulb may not be able to create new hair cells, therefore slowing the hair growth. Iron-rich foods include red meat, nuts, beans, dried fruit, dark leafy vegetables like spinach.
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