Fact or Fiction: Supplements for thinning hair

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a product promising long, luscious, full hair without even looking at the price tag? Keep that hand up if you’ve probably spent hundreds of dollars on other products promising the same thing when the first one fails? From serums, to masks, and prescriptions to herbs – you’re dying to get your hair back.

If you’re out of money, out of hope, and downright out of patience to find something that works – lets break down the facts of natural products that promise you sisterhood into the thick hair society.

 

Saw palmetto and Pumpkin seeds

Saw palmetto is usually marketed towards men to help boost their testosterone, but ladies, proper testosterone levels are important for optimal hair growth! Of course, too much of a good thing can be bad, but there’s a reason your man is furry – men have higher levels of testosterone than women do. Things such as estrogen dominance, over exercise, and high stress can decrease a women’s testosterone levels and cause hair to thin and fall out. Fact is, saw palmetto can help a woman naturally increase testosterone to normal levels, and coupled with pumpkin seeds provide high amounts of zinc needed to create and maintain new hair follicles.

Biotin & melatonin shampoo

Biotin has been on the market for a long time promoting hair regrowth, but by adding melatonin to your biotin shampoo it may take it to the next level. Melatonin, commonly known as a sleep aid, is also a super antioxidant in the body. Its hormonal effects have been shown to increase the amount and thickness of your hair in clinical trials! You can buy liquid melatonin and put it into a clean, toxin free biotin shampoo for extra oomph!


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Collagen Peptides

Collagen is the building block of your hair, skin and nails. There have been studies published on the essential relationship between the matrix of your hair follicles & collagen as the targeting therapy! Collagen has taken over social media recently as a hot item to buy, but using it therapeutically, and adding it to a healthy nutritional foundation can help strengthen your hair follicles and promote hair regeneration.  Some dietary sources of collagen include beets, fish, kale, spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, and bone broths.

 

Investigating the cause

This nugget gets thrown in because when all products fail, it’s time to find the core. Some diseases that cause hair loss include, an underactive thyroid gland, high stress, anemia, certain medications, autoimmune conditions, heavy metal toxins, improper bacteria in the gut, and so many other things. If you truly want to stop unwanted hair loss – you’ll need necessary lab tests to diagnose the why.

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References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28813664
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25989472