Did you know that people lose 50-80 hairs daily which are replaced with new ones? However, the condition when a person loses more hair than the organism produces new is called effluvium. If this process does not stop, then baldness occurs – medically known as alopecia.
According to the statistics of the American Hair Loss Association, common male baldness accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By the age of thirty-five, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. In accordance with the same research, females make up forty percent of American hair loss sufferers. Hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating for the sufferer’s self image and emotional well being.
Hair loss affects both private, as well as professional life of the sufferer, especially impacting the self esteem. However, although people cannot completely prevent this modern illness, healthy diet may be a contributing factor in the fight against hair loss.
Here is a list of five vitamins that can help prevent hair loss.
Vitamin H (Biotin)
Vitamin H is extremely important for the growth of healthy hair, nails and scalp and therefore is found in many cosmetic products. This is a vitamin of the B complex and prevents deterioration and whitening hair. Biotin helps converting food to energy, as well, since it is a coenzyme that is responsible for providing energy inside the body by supporting the body with breaking down fats and carbs and turning them into glucose.. Biotin is present in many different food sources, and the bacteria in the gut makes some biotin too. It is found in nuts, egg, yolks, milk, carrots, yeast, grain.
This vitamin, which is also an antioxidant, allows you to keep your skin and hair healthy and shiny. It aids in synthesis of collagen and can be found all the fruits and vegetables, especially in: peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, kiwi, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, papaya.
Iron deficiency not only causes anemia, but it also causes hair loss. If you want to prevent this condition, eat foods rich in iron such as: red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, dark food leafy vegetables, such as spinach, then cocoa, chocolate, liver, pumpkin, tomato, sunflower, apricots.
Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is a natural antioxidant whose role is to maintain the natural oil of the scalp. Thus, you should take sufficient amounts of this vitamin to keep your scalp healthy. However, you must note that the excess quantities of this vitamin may have undesirable effects, by inhibiting hair growth, and can even be toxic. Foods rich in vitamin A are: eggs, milk, vegetables, fish and meat.
This vitamin helps with the blood circulation in your body, as well as scalp circulation and cell regeneration, which are necessary for hair growth. Here is a list of food rich in vitamin E: vegetables, vegetable oil, beans and nuts. The daily recommended dose is 15 to 17 mg. As it is the case with vitamin A, overdosing with vitamin E may cause bleeding due to blood thinning.
Natural Mask to Prevent Hair Loss
Besides eating healthy food and practicing healthy habits, one of the greatest sources of preventing hair loss and fighting against it, is applying natural masks on your hair. It costs neither much money, nor energy while the product is healthier and shiny hair.
Thus, banana – the so called queen of tropical fruits, is a natural cure for hair loss. It improves hair growth and is useful for dry and greasy hair. This fruit contains vitamins and minerals and many nutrients and therefore is a miracle not only for the hair, but for the health, in general.
For preparation of this natural mask, suitable for all hair types, you need only two things: a banana and three drops of almond oil. Its preparation is really easy and as follows: mash the banana, add the almond oil and mix them. Rub the mask in the scalp and massage it. Then wrap your hair with a towel and wait for a half an hour. By applying this mask regularly, your hair will become soft and silky.