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A No-Side-Effect Cure for Baldness?

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Men's Health

Men have been searching for a cure for baldness ever since…there have been men.

In the 1980s, Big Pharma came up with drugs such as Rogaine and Propecia. But they don’t work for everyone. And they can have serious side effects.

Rogaine is the brand name for minoxidil. It is topically applied to the scalp. Side effects include irregular heartbeat, chest pain, swelling of the hands and feet, and difficulty breathing.1

Propecia is an oral medication that was originally intended to treat enlarged prostates. It was found to also cause hair regrowth. But its side effects include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, testicular pain, and male breast cancer.2

Now, researchers have come up with a baldness treatment that is completely safe. It doesn’t involve any dangerous medications.

It is a device that emits a special kind of light. A study recently published in the journal ACS Nano shows that it can regrow hair better than minoxidil.

The device contains micro-light-emitting diodes (micro LEDs). The light stimulates hair follicles to trigger hair growth.

It’s a more practical version of laser treatments. These have long been known to regrow hair. But they require large equipment and are expensive.

But the micro LED device is small, light and flexible. And it can be used at home.

Researchers recently tested the device on mice. One group of animals had the micro LED patch placed on a bald area on their bodies. The second was given minoxidil injections. The third received no treatment.

The micro LED group wore the patch for 15 minutes a day for 20 days. These mice had the best results, with faster and longer hair growth. Compared to the other groups, the hair grew over a larger area as well.

Human trials are now being planned. We’ll keep you posted on the results, but researchers say they expect the device will work as well on people as it does on animals.

Two Vitamins That Prevent Hair Loss

In the meantime, there are two vitamins that can help you with hair loss. They are safe and free of side effects:

B7 (biotin). Many alternative practitioners recommend vitamin B7 for people with thinning hair or weak nails. Cauliflower, egg yolks, and mushrooms are the best food sources of B7. Egg whites actually interfere with your body’s ability to absorb B7. So stay away from them if you have hair problems.

B7 supplements are widely available. Take 5,000 mcg a day.3

Vitamin D. Studies have found that a lack of vitamin D can increase hair loss. A 2012 study in Japan found that maintaining proper levels of vitamin D creates new hair follicles, generating strong hair growth.4

You can get plenty of vitamin D by spending 20 minutes in sunlight each day with your arms and legs exposed. Your body uses the light to produce the vitamin.

Fatty fish and fish oils from wild-caught salmon, sardines, and mackerel are excellent food sources of vitamin D.

The best way to ensure you get enough vitamin D is to take a supplement. We recommend 5,000 IUs a day5

Be sure to take the D3 form of the vitamin. It is more readily absorbed that D2, which is also sold in supplement form.

Editor’s Note: Hair loss is just one more thing we have to worry about as we get older. But recent studies show that the symptoms of aging are just like any others. They can be treated or eliminated. Go here to discover specific ways you can stop the clock – and even turn it back.

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