About 45 percent of women go their entire lives with a full head of hair, while the majority of men experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. Hair thinning is a normal part of life but it can also be preventable.
Before you spend your money on another expensive hair product, try out some of these proven natural solutions.
Fish oils are rich in fatty acid and have been used extensively in animals and humans to effect hair growth. Omega-3 fats nourish and thicken hair, while also reducing inflammation which leads to hair loss over time.
Try adding a fish oil supplement to your daily routine, or just eat more omega-3 rich foods. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, whitefish and egg yolks are all excellent sources of omega-3 fats.
Zinc is one of the most essential co-factors for some enzymes throughout your body that support hair growth. The vitamin also inhibits hair follicle regression and accelerates follicle recovery. Several studies show patients with alopecia areata, or thin hair, have a zinc deficiency. An oral zinc sulfate therapy can be an effective treatment for most people.
Both Biotin and Vitamin B5 are supplements known to boost hair growth and repair damage. Try adding one B-complex vitamin tablet to your daily routine, or take both separately. To naturally increase B-Complex levels try including eggs, beef, chicken, and legumes in your diet. These foods help you avoid deficiency and encourages hair growth.
Free radicals are reactive molecules, which directly damage the structural membranes, DNA, lipids, and proteins in cells. As you age, more free radicals are released into your body and can damage cellular structures in the hair.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights oxidative stress that promotes graying and thinning. Try to include Vitamin C rich foods in your diet or take a daily supplement of 500-1,000 milligrams twice a day.
Iron deficiency is a well-known cause of hair loss. Studies show that women with low iron levels are more likely to have hair loss and thinning. You should add iron-rich foods to your diet to protect your hair.
Stack your plate with spinach, egg yolks, beans or beef steak to get a healthy serving of iron. A daily multivitamin can also give you a boost. Be careful to avoid excessive iron supplementation.
Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to some autoimmune diseases, including alopecia areata. Increased Vitamin D exposure has been linked to a restoration of the hair cycle.
Direct sunlight is the best way to absorb vitamin D, and it’s free! Sit outside for about ten to 15 minutes to soak in about 10,000 units of natural vitamin D. You can also vitamin D-rich foods to your diet, including salmon, whitefish, swordfish, eel and portabella mushrooms.
Once applied to the scalp, rosemary oil boosts cellular metabolism that encourages hair growth. Several studies show that after six months of scalp treatments, researchers increased hair count in individuals with thinning hair. The test subjects suffered from androgenetic alopecia and saw an immediate reduction in balding. Rosemary oil is equally effective as most hair growth medications with fewer side effects.