Hair Loss in Men and Women

Hair loss can be devastating for men and women. It affects self-esteem and is often a reflection of our inner health. The good news is, in many cases, hair loss can be reversed.

A few reasons people lose their hair:

  • Stress, which can interrupt hormone balance

  • Anesthesia

  • Environmental toxins like chlorinated and fluoridated water, endocrine-disrupting shampoos, conditioners, and styling products

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Unhealthy gut that results in an autoimmune attack on the hair follicles called alopecia areata

  • Male pattern baldness, which is generally caused by genes and male sex hormones

  • Diabetes

  • Lupus

  • Thyroid dysfunction

Vitamin B Complex

Each of the B vitamins brings its own benefits to the table. However, they work better together, synergistically. Deficiency in B9 (folate), B12, B2 (riboflavin), and B7 (biotin), can all play a role in hair loss. Addressing one without addressing all can be a waste of time. Eating foods high in B vitamins is the best way to get what you need.

B9 Folate

  • Beef

  • Liver

  • Black-eyed peas

  • Asparagus

  • Brussels Sprouts

Folate plays a role in producing nucleic acids which help to build the hair follicle. Studies have shown people with alopecia were deficient in folate.

B12 Cobalamin

  • Clams

  • Trout

  • Beef liver

  • Sockeye Salmon

B12 is needed for hair growth because it affects the chemical reaction of nearly 100 substrates including RNA, DNA, and proteins. Vegans have a tendency to be deficient in B12 because they don't eat meat or dairy, primary sources of B12.

B2 Riboflavin

  • Beef liver

  • Lean meat

  • Clams

  • Mushrooms

  • Almonds

  • Eggs

  • Quinoa

  • Salmon

Riboflavin is important in the metabolism of macronutrients, for cell function, growth, and development, it serves as an antioxidant for the immune system, and for healthy skin and hair.

B7 Biotin

  • Beef liver

  • Whole eggs

  • Pink salmon

  • Pork chops

  • Hamburger patties

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Sweet potatoes

Biotin acts as a coenzyme that plays a role in metabolic reactions critical to the maintenance of healthy hair. Although biotin is one of the most recommended supplements for healthy hair, studies show getting biotin from food is much better than supplements.