Iron Deficiency Induced Hair Loss

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When you come to the conclusion that your hair density has changed, you start looking for reasons – anything that might be causing it.

There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss. One very common cause is low in iron. Iron is the mineral occurring in the greatest volume in the blood and its most important function in the human body is to assist in the production of both hemoglobin (the substance that carries oxygen within red blood cells) and myoglobin. Iron is also involved in the oxygenation of your body’s red blood cells. Iron deficiency sometimes triggers hair loss in large quantities but it can also be the cause of subtle, slow thinning over several months or even years.

It is understood that levels of iron play a significant role in various body functions, but it is also essential for sustaining normal growth and maintenance of hair. Low in Iron can possibly cause hair loss, is most common in pre-menopausal women between the ages of 35 and 50, when heavy menstruation contributes to iron loss. It should also be noted that iron-deficiency induced hair loss is not a condition exclusive to females. Males who by personal preference or religious reasons are vegetarian, habitually reveal depleted iron stores and/or low iron availability.

The simplest way to prevent iron-deficiency induced hair loss is to keep the balance of iron in the body adequate. Basically when the concentration of dietary iron absorbed by the body is inadequate, it results in negative iron imbalance.

Making sure that you get iron from natural sources is the best preventative measure to prevent iron-deficiency induced hair loss. Always make sure that you have a well rounded diet consisting of all essential nutrients and well as iron rich foods. There are plenty of great sources of natural iron in the food you eat. Be sure that you include several servings of a variety of the following foods in your diet everyday.

* Dried Fruit – especially figs, dried apricots, prunes, raisons, currants and dried peaches

* Leafy Green vegetables – such as dandelion greens, spinach, arugula, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard and chicory.

* Beans and lentils

* Red meat

* Liver – both beef and chicken

*  Oysters, Clams, Shrimp

* Chicken and turkey Fish – tuna, halibut

* Whole grains and brown rice Soybean flour

* Blackstrap Molasses Enriched cereals

Iron-deficiency induced hair loss is prevalent. However always bear in mind that not every hair loss is caused by iron–deficiency. If it turns out that you don’t actually have iron-deficiency, taking iron supplements could create an entirely new problem. In fact, it can be downright dangerous if you end up overloading your body with too much iron. So, to avoid the dangers caused by overdose of iron supplements you need to talk to your doctor and see if indeed you are suffering from iron deficiency induced hair loss.

Hair-loss can be divided into two categories: Hair-loss with skin shedding (also called “scaling”) and hair-loss without skin shedding. Hair-loss with skin shedding is likely related to a skin disorder.


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