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Which nutrient deficiency causes hair loss?Do you suffer from hair loss?Do you have any nutrient or vitamin deficiency?Can a nutrient or vitamin deficiency cause
hair loss?Do you want to know if any nutrient or vitamin
deficiency can cause hair loss?Today we will talk about the scientific information
about hair loss. Hello, I am Dr. Dhananjay Chavan, cosmetic
dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon,Clear Skin and Hair MD, Pune. Hair loss is a very common phenomenon. Hair shedding is a part of the hair growth
cycle. It is normal for a healthy individual to lose
50-100 hair every day. But if you are losing more hair than this
and they are not growing back, you are sufferingfrom excess hair loss. There can be many reasons for hair loss – more
than a 100 reasons. But today we will talk about the common causes
of hair loss – genetic predisposition orgenetics, hormonal reasons, some medications
or their side effects, unhealthy lifestyle,stress, and nutritional deficiencies. A major illness, or a skin disease or auto
immune conditions may also cause hair loss. But a common reason is nutritional deficiency. This is what we are going to discuss today. So let’s see which minerals and vitamins
deficiencies cause hair loss. The first and the most important vitamin B
family. There are many vitamins that come under the
vitamin B family. The ones that play a role in hair loss are
vitamin B-5 or pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine, vitamin B-7 or biotin, vitamin
B9 or folate and vitamin B12. All these vitamins play an important role
in hair growth. These vitamins play an important part in hair
growth. These are water-soluble and cannot be stored
in the body for long durations. Except biotin which is generated by our gut
flora. All the remaining vitamins we get from foods
or supplements. We can get them in sufficient quantities from
our daily Indian food, if we eat a balanceddiet. A deficiency of these vitamins can cause hair
loss. These vitamins help in keeping our well being
and good health. They play an important role in a majority
of enzyme processes – from the brain to cellmetabolism processes. They play an important role in the growth,
normal blood supply and normal functioningof the cells in the hair papilla. They help in giving the hair proper nutrition,
make the hair strong and improve the hairtexture. Majority of vitamin B family is found in our
routine foods. That is why if we eat a healthy balanced diet,
there are fewer chances of having a vitaminB deficiency. Vegetarian foods like milk, milk products
like curd, paneer, cheese, dairy products,whole grains, cereals, especially wheat, jowar,
bajra, maize, soybean, green vegetables, sweetpotatoes, mushrooms, fruits, dry fruits, are
great sources of vitamin B. Non veg foods like eggs, chicken, mutton,
and seafood are also important sources ofvitamin B.
The next essential nutrient is vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that prevents
free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive and can
damage your DNA, RNA and proteins. It also improves blood circulation. That is why a vitamin deficiency can cause
hair loss. Vitamin E helps prevent oxidative stress and
boosts hair growth. In our diet, vitamin E mainly comes from vegetable
oils like sunflower oil, soybean oil, andcorn oil. All types of nuts, mainly peanuts, and all
green vegetables including broccoli, spinach,and avocados. The third important nutrient is Vitamin A.
This is important for the development andmaintenance of skin, teeth, bones, and hair. This strengthens your immune system. A vitamin A deficiency can make your hair
dull and dry. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant. But remember that consuming excess vitamin
A can also be problematic. Consuming excess vitamin A can also cause
hair loss. Vegetables, orange, pumpkins, sweet potatoes,
have a good concentration of vitamin A. Cod liver oil, and beef liver are also main
sources of vitamin A. The fourth nutrient is vitamin D.
Vitamin D helps to maintain the calcium andphosphorus levels in the body and strengthens
hair follicles. Research proves that vitamin D plays an important
role in the growth of hair. Vitamin D deficiencies may cause depression,
fatigue, insomnia, muscle weakness and hairloss. Dairy products and eggs are good sources of
vitamin D. Cow milk, mushroom, cereals, alsohave vitamin D.
Vitamin D2 is found in vegetables, and vitaminD3 is synthesised by the sun. Most vitamin D supplements have vitamin D3. The fifth nutrient is iron, This is an essential
nutrient that helps in red blood cell production. Iron deficiency is a very common nutritional
deficiency, which limits the oxygen supplyand causes reduced blood circulation to the
scalp as well. This causes hair loss. Iron maintains healthy circulation, and transports
essential nutrients and oxygen to the hairfollicles. This promotes hair growth. Hair loss due to iron deficiency is commonly
observed in women. 67% of women have anemia. If you have an iron deficiency, you can ask
your doctor to recommend iron supplements. Go to your doctor and check your iron level,
please do not take any supplements withoutconsulting your doctor. In non veg food, red meat, liver, kidney,
shellfish, eggs, chicken, are the main sourcesof iron. In vegetarian food, green leafy vegetables,
peas, peanuts, broccoli, jaggery, spinach,and dry fruits, and iron fortified cereals
have a high concentration of iron. Vitamin C helps to absorb iron, so add foods
that have higher antioxidative propertiesto your diet. The sixth nutrient is magnesium. Magnesium participates in the biochemical
reactions of your hair and helps in maintainingthe glucose level as well as in producing
proteins and energy. They play an important role in metabolic reactions
and support hair growth. A magnesium deficiency may cause weakness
and hair loss. The seventh nutrient is Omega-3 Fatty acids. This is one of the essential fatty acids and
are very important for our health. But this is not synthesized in or body and
that is why you should include fish, cod liveroil, oysters and salmon in our diet. Vegetarian sources include flaxseeds, walnuts,
kidney beans, and soybean oil. They give our hair volume, and prevent inflammation
that causes hair loss. Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency causes hair
to become thin and causes a reduction in hairvolume. The eighth nutrient is Zinc. This is a trace element which aids in cellular
replication and protein production. This improves hair growth, especially in certain
types of hair loss. The dietary source for zinc is mainly in non
vegetarian food like red meat, shellfish,seafood, and eggs. In vegetarian foods, dals, whole grains, beans,
cashew nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and legumesare important sources of zinc. The ninth mineral is Selenium. This is an essential nutrient that is mainly
found in spinach, eggs and chicken. Selenium improves immunity and aids in the
production of enzymes that stimulate hairgrowth. Selenium also has antioxidant properties hat
control free radical damage. It also helps to maintain your hormone levels
and promotes hair growth. Non vegetarian food sources are seafood, chicken,
eggs, and pork. In vegetarian foods, beans, peas, nuts, soy
products, and dry fruits, have a high concentrationof selenium. The tenth important nutrient is protein. Protein is the building block of the body. Protein helps in cell repair. Most cases of hair loss are caused due to
protein deficiency. Protein is important to maintain the health
of your tissues. Protein stimulates hair growth and hair is
mainly made of a protein called keratin. SO if you have a protein deficiency, then
your hair will become weak and start breaking. It will be difficult for new hair to be formed
and the existing hair will start falling aswell. So these were the essential nutrients, that
if deficient, will cause hair loss. I hope that you got the information that you
were looking for to about hair loss and nutritionaldeficiency. If you have any questions you can ask us on
our website www. hairmdindia. com. Me and my team will get back
to you at the earliest. This is an educational video. Please consult with a doctor before taking
any medication and undergoing any treatment. Hair loss due to nutritional deficiencies
is very common. Often people take supplements without consulting
the doctor. Butyou should never do this. First consult with your doctor to find out
the root cause of your hair loss. Your doctor can tell youif you have a nutritional deficiency. Sometimes excessive nutrients may also cause
hair loss. That
is why it is necessary to take supplementsin
the right concentration. Take advice from your doctor and take the
nutrient supplements accordingly. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Incorporate green vegetables, fruits, dry
fruits and if you are non vegetarian you shouldeat eggs, meat and fish. Exercise regularly. Your hair loss will definitely reduce. All the best. Thank you!

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