Many men like Donald Trump resort to a comb over as their hair thins. Here are five nutrients that can lead to stronger, thicker hair growth.

Does Trump’s Weird Hair Reveal a Vitamin Deficiency?

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Donald Trump’s hair is almost as famous as he is. Newscasters comment on it. Political opponents attack it. Late night comedians have made a cottage industry milking his bizarre comb over for laughs.

One thing is for sure… The tycoon’s hair isn’t healthy.

No matter how much he combs it over, he can’t hide the fact that his hair is thin, brittle, and stringy. And like many guys with thinning hair, he compensates by growing it long to cover the bald spots.

“Donald Trump is definitely balding. He’s thinning significantly,” said Dr. Paul McAndrews. He’s a dermatologist in Los Angeles who specializes in hair restoration.1

So what should Trump—and you—be doing to make sure that your hair is as healthy and radiant as possible?

Hair is the fastest growing natural tissue in the human body. The growth rate for children and young adults is about half an inch per month. As we age, hair grows more slowly. Poor health, nutrition, and vitamin deficiencies can take their toll.2

Dr. McAndrews and other experts point out that your hair’s health depends in large part on a healthy diet. And Trump admits that his diet isn’t the best. He loves fast food.

“I think (fast) food is good. I think all of those places, Burger King, McDonald’s, I can live with it,” Trump said recently. “The other night I had Kentucky Fried Chicken.”3

His brittle, thin, unhealthy looking hair could be evidence of a vitamin or mineral deficiency.4

5 Nutrients for Better Hair

For optimal hair health, these five nutrients are crucial:

  1. Vitamin D

For healthy hair you need at least 600 IU of vitamin D per day, 800 if you are over 70 years of age. But we recommend you get 5,000 IU a day for overall health. This is especially true if you don’t get much sunlight exposure.5

Great food sources of vitamin D are wild-caught salmon (450 IUs per 3 ounces) and mushrooms (400 IUs per cup).

A 2012 study in Japan found that maintaining proper levels of vitamin D can create new hair follicles, generating strong hair growth.6

  1. Biotin

This water-soluble vitamin is part of the vitamin B complex. Biotin maintains strong rich hair. It is so nourishing that some shampoos contain it. Without biotin, dry, flaky skin builds up in your hair follicles. This reduces blood flow and creates brittle hair.

Biotin keeps your follicles clean and functioning optimally. You need 600 IUs per day.

Good food sources include beef liver, egg yolks, peanuts, almonds, and avocados. Biotin is found in quality multivitamins or in B complex supplements.7

  1. Vitamin C

Numerous studies have shown its importance to your immune system.  But a lack of C can also lead to damaged hair follicles. This causes weak, thin hair that tends to break.

Make sure you get a minimum of 500 mg per day. More is better. Great food sources are citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries.8

  1. Folic Acid

Your hair is composed of protein. To metabolize protein and make it available for use by body tissue, you need folic acid.

Folic acid is found in dark leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and collard greens. Asparagus, broccoli, and citrus fruits are also good sources. We typically need 400 mcg per day.9

  1. Iron

A study published in the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that adequate iron helps maximize hair growth.10

Great food sources of iron include clams, grass-fed beef liver, sunflower seeds, nuts, lamb, and dark leafy vegetables. Talk to your doctor before starting an iron supplement. A sudden overload of iron can be toxic.11

Balding is just one symptom of something called “Male Aging Syndrome.” Most men think problems like hair loss, lack of energy, and weak libido are natural consequences of getting older… When it may actually be an easy to fix chemical imbalance. See the four ways you can break free of Male Aging Syndrome here.

In Good Health,

Angela Salerno
Publisher, INH Health Watch

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References:
1http://www.menshealth.com/grooming/donald-trumps-hair
2http://www.hairscientists.org/human-hair/nutrition-and-hair-health
3http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/mind-boggling-reason-donald-trump-loves-mcdonalds
4http://www.prevention.com/beauty/hair/vitamin-d-deficiency-may-cause-hair-loss
5http://www.healthline.com/health/vitamins-hair-growth#EssentialVitamins1
6http://stemcellstm.alphamedpress.org/site/misc/PressRelease002.xhtml
7http://www.livestrong.com/article/186921-vitamins-for-hair-follicles/
8http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/folic+acid
9http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/news/20060516/hair-loss-may-be-iron-deficiency
10https://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-iron.php

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