As part of the body's renewal process, most of us lose 50 to 100 hairs
every day. The average rate of growth is approximately 1/2 inch per month.
Interestingly, hair grows fastest in the summer, as heat and friction speed
up growth. Conversely, it grows slower in the cold and the winter months.
More rapid hair loss begins in both sexes by age fifty and tends to
accelerate once people reach their fifties. A human adult body has an
average of 5 million hairs, with 100,000 to 150,000 of those located on the
Since most of us also grow new strands to replace the ones that have been
shed, there's usually no reason to worry about a few stray hairs that come
out with a good brushing or that swirl down the drain after a shower. Hair
loss poses a potential problem only if it leads to noticeable thinning or
balding, and even then, it is often a normal part of life.
Genetics and hormones determine the most common reasons for hair loss. Male
pattern baldness is characterized by a receding hairline and loss of hair,
especially on the crown of the head. By age forty, two-thirds of Caucasian
men are noticeably bald. Female pattern baldness is characterized by a
general thinning of hair all over the head and a moderate loss of hair on
the crown of the hairline. It also occurs between the ages of thirty and
forty and often becomes more apparent during and after menopause. About 50
percent of children with a balding parent of either sex will inherit the
dominant baldness gene.
Besides age and genetics, the main culprit in balding appears to be an
overabundance of over-activity of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone
(DHT) within the hair follicle. DHT is a derivative of testosterone and is
driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the
prostate, the adrenal glands, and the scalp. The activity of this enzyme
tends to increase as people, especially men, age. It also causes the hair
follicle to degrade, and it shortens the growth phase. Some follicles die,
but most shrink and produce weaker hairs that become thinner, many to the
point where they fall out from daily activities. Another important hormone
is progesterone. Menopausal women commonly find improvement with the use of
natural progesterone for excessive hair loss.
Other physiological factors might cause hair loss. Recently, a group of
Japanese researchers reported a correlation between excessive sebum in the
scalp and hair loss. Excessive sebum, often accompanying thinning hair, is
attributed to an enlargement of the sebaceous gland. The researchers
believe that excessive sebum causes a high level of 5-alpha reductase and
poor clogging, thus malnutrition of the hair root. Animal fat in the diet
is believed to increase sebum production. Medical researchers in Asia also
believe that hair loss is caused mainly by an insufficient blood supply to
The effects of stress can be a cause of hair loss and thinning in both men
and women. Generally, this type of hair loss or thinning is reversible once
the levels of stress have calmed down or the person has dealt with the
In addition, various autoimmune and other systemic diseases can lead to
hair loss. The list includes many conditions, ranging from psoriasis and
thyroid disease, to cancer.
Other reasons for hair loss and thinning may include strict dieting (the
loss is due to malnutrition), heavy metal toxicity (e.g. arsenic),
chemotherapy, and severe illness. Several different nutrient deficiencies
can contribute to hair loss, brittleness, or thinning. When it comes to
hair loss, the most common in women is iron deficiency. You will need a
blood test by your doctor to see if this is occurring.
No matter whether you have a temporary or permanent condition, many
complementary therapies exist that can help you improve your hair and scalp
health. While they can't completely reverse permanent baldness, many
treatments can encourage small but significant regrowth.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D.
and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
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Take 320 mg daily of an 85 percent liposterolic
extract. This herb has historically been used by
herbalists for hair loss in men and women. Recent
research shows it to be effective for men.
Super Prescription #2
Omega 3, 6 & 9
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. Take a combination formula containing a blend of
omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Take a supplement with
fish & flax seed oil and borage oil.
Super Prescription #3
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3,000 mcg daily.
Super Prescription #4
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Take 3,000 mg daily. It contains the mineral sulfur,
which helps promote hair development. Split throughout
Super Prescription #5 Fo Ti (Polygonum multiflorum
or He shou-wu)
Take 500 mg three times daily. This Chinese herb is
used by practitioners of Oriental medicine to slow or
stop hair loss, although it is mainly used in formulas
with other herbs.
Super Prescription # 6
Hair, Skin & Nail Ultra Formula:
This product works amazingly for hair development,
growth and creating healthy Skin and Strong Nails.
Super Prescription #7
Daily Rejuvenation & Omega 3 Shampoo with
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Sulfate Free & Paraben Free; Use daily to improve
scalp circulation and hair growth the healthy way.
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Hair that falls out in patches
Hormone imbalance (particularly thyroid)
Serious illness, especially with a high fever
Crash or fad diets
Extremely high doses of vitamin A
Heavy metal toxicity
Poor scalp circulation
Hair loss can be caused or aggravated by a poor diet. Make sure to eat
varied, well rounded meals made from basic foods. Include plenty of whole
grains, vegetables, and quality protein (such as beans, nuts, fish, and
Biotin promotes hair and scalp health and, in some cases, can even prevent
hair loss. The best sources of biotin are nuts, brown rice, brewer's yeast,
and oats. Many of these foods are also high in B vitamins, which promote
Iron is essential for hair growth. Take a spoonful of unsulfured
black-strap molasses every day, and include several of the following foods
in your meals: green leafy vegetables (except spinach), leeks, cashews,
berries, dried fruits, and figs.
Your body needs vitamin C to absorb iron; eat citrus fruit after an
Eat nuts, seeds, and avocados for vitamin E, a nutrient that keeps the
scalp in good condition. Olive oil is another excellent source.
Foods containing essential fatty acids, as found in nuts (walnuts), flax
seeds, and fish, are important.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods that deplete your system of nutrients and impair circulation,
such as saturated and hydrogenated fats, refined flour and sugar, and
Exercise increases circulation everywhere, including the scalp. Take a
Be gentle to your hair. When it's wet, use a wide-toothed comb to
separate the strands, or, if possible, let your hair dry completely
before combine it into place. Do not use a blow dryer, and don't dye
your hair or use bleach on it. If you want to pull your hair back, do
so loosely, and use a special coated elastic that won't grip the
individual strands and pull them out.
Sleep is essential for hair renewal and growth. Try to get eight hours
a night, or more, if that's what your body needs.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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