Thinning Hair

Women: Stop Thinning Hair with This Mineral

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Are you finding more hair in the drain lately? Or more strands in your brush?

If so, you’re not alone. Men aren’t the only ones who suffer from severe hair loss. But for men, you expect it. For women, it can be even more embarrassing and devastating.

Moderate hair loss among women isn’t uncommon. But if you’re struggling to fix your hair to hide noticeable thinning? That’s not normal. And you’ll want to pay close attention to a recent French study.

Researchers analyzed serum levels of a certain mineral in over 5,000 women over an eight-year period.1 Women with significantly lower reserves of this mineral suffered from severe hair loss. In fact, this compound proved to be so vital for hair growth that the women who started with normal levels and later dropped to the verge of being deficient…increased their risk of severe hair loss by 28 percent.

Did you know? Every person has about 100,000 hairs that grow to a maximum length of one-half inch monthly. Hair is made up of a type of protein called keratin. Getting adequate amounts of protein will help keep hair shiny, healthy and safely secure in your hair follicles.

Another study found similar results.2 The women who didn’t have enough of this mineral suffered hair loss.

So what mineral can help give you back your voluminous mane?

Iron.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic reviewed over 40 years of research and confirmed the other studies’ findings.3

“We believe that treatment for hair loss is enhanced when iron deficiency, with or without anemia, is treated,” said Dr. Leonid Benjamin Trost and colleagues.4 “It is not the silver bullet for baldness, but it can definitely help maximize how a patient regrows hair.”

Iron transports oxygen to all the organs of your body. That includes your scalp. Your scalp needs oxygen to keep hair follicles healthy. And you need healthy hair follicles for hair to grow.

Fact is, iron deficiency is a common issue among women.5 It could be the result of a number of things—blood loss, diet, absorption problems, chronic disease, and of course menstruation. So if you’re worried about hair loss, make sure you get enough iron in your diet.

Great sources of iron include lean meat, oysters, dried beans, eggs, spinach, kale, and raisins. To make sure your body is properly absorbing iron, make sure to include vitamin C rich foods in your diet as well.

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References:
1 http://www.jle.com/e-docs/00/04/36/9A/article.phtml
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20021982
3 http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(05)04745-6/abstract
4 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,196057,00.html
5 http://www.irondisorders.org/women

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