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Vitamin D And Hair Loss

Scientists have found there is a link between Vitamin D and hair loss.  Is your hair loss being caused by a Vitamin D deficiency? It is normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day, but if you are noticing more than that there is an underlying problem. Hair thinning and hair loss […]

Scientists have found there is a link between Vitamin D and hair loss.  Is your hair loss being caused by a Vitamin D deficiency?

It is normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day, but if you are noticing more than that there is an underlying problem.

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Soak up the sun – it’s the most natural way to get Vitamin D

Hair thinning and hair loss are some of the most common problems plaguing men and women these days.  No matter what age you are, hair loss and thinning can be scary!  It’s nature’s way of saying there is something wrong with your body.  Sometimes this hair loss can be caused by a Vitamin D deficiency.

What Does Vitamin D Do?

Vitamin D plays a huge role in our bodies, from helping build stronger bones to maintaining calcium levels and helping support an overall healthy immune system.  Vitamin D is the only vitamin our body naturally makes.

Studies have shown Vitamin D lowers your risk of depression.  It can also help with symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as S.A.D.) and has been proven to lower your risk of hypertension, heart disease, and bone fractures.

How Vitamin D Affects Your Hair Growth

Vitamin D helps maintain a healthy hair growth cycle.  Your hair growth cycle consists of a growing phase, a resting phase, and a regressing phase.  Vitamin D interacts with other nutrients in your body to regulate this cycle and promote hair growth.

The Link Between Vitamin D And Hair Loss

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The link between Vitamin D and hair loss can be found in both men and women.

Researchers at Cairo University found that women who were experiencing hair loss had lower levels of Vitamin D2.  Rania Mounir Abdel Hay, MD, a dermatologist involved in the study, explained, “This is the first time vitamin D’s possible role in hair loss has been highlighted.”

Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine also discovered that giving doses of Vitamin D3 to mice who could not grow hair actually stimulated new hair follicle growth. (Source: Vitamin D3 analogs stimulate hair growth in nude mice.)

What Can Cause Vitamin D Deficiency

More than 50 years ago, hair loss wasn’t as common as it is today because most men and women were getting a lot of UV exposure being outdoors whether it was working outside, tending the fields, or just enjoying a relaxing day outside.

Today, we tend to spend a lot more time indoors.  We have machines that do most of the work for us that would have once kept us outdoors all day.

Without sunlight our bodies will be deficient of this much needed vitamin.  To get Vitamin D, we then have to make sure we’re getting adequate nutrition.

How To Get Enough Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the “Sun Vitamin” for a reason.  The only true way to get Vitamin D is from sunlight.  Once we absorb the sun’s UVB rays, a chemical reaction happens: our bodies begin the process of converting a prohormone in the skin into Vitamin D.  If you spend at least 10-15 minutes per day in the sunlight your body can produce up to 10,000 UI of Vitamin D per day!

Another way to get your vitamin D is through foods.   However, very few foods contain Vitamin D naturally so you’ll need to look for foods that are fortified with Vitamin D.  Some good sources of this nutrient are:

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Milk
  • Pasteurized Orange Juice

The FDA currently recommends a daily intake of 600 IU for anyone under the age of 70 and 800 IU for anyone over the age of 70.  If you aren’t outside everyday, or if you aren’t getting enough Vitamin D in your daily diet, you may need to consider taking a hair loss supplement that contains this vital nutrient.

 

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Misty Istre

Written by Misty Istre