Hair loss is a common concern affecting millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s thinning, receding hairlines, or bald patches, the impact of hair loss on one’s confidence and self-esteem can be substantial.

What is Hair Loss?

Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, is a condition characterised by the partial or complete absence of hair from areas where it normally grows. This phenomenon can manifest in various forms, from gradual thinning to sudden, significant hair shedding. Understanding the different causes of hair loss is crucial for devising suitable prevention and treatment plans.

Causes and Risk Factors of Hair Loss

The causes of hair loss can be multifaceted, ranging from genetics and hormonal changes to lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies. Among the plethora of factors contributing to hair loss, micronutrient deficiency plays a significant role. Some of the causes are:

  • Micronutrient deficiency

  • Hashimotos

  • Hypothyroidism

  • PCOS

  • Post viral stress

  • Stressful event

  • Protein deficiency

  • Malabsorption

  • Malnutrition

  • Medications

  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

A comprehensive understanding of these causative factors helps in adopting targeted approaches for preventing and managing hair loss effectively.

Vitamins and Minerals Important for Hair Growth

Recent studies shed light on the critical role of vitamins and minerals in hair health. Micronutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, selenium, and zinc play pivotal roles in the normal hair follicle cycle and immune cell function. Deficiencies in these micronutrients can potentially contribute to hair loss.

The Study: ‘The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review

A study conducted to explore the link between micronutrients and non-scarring alopecia emphasises the significance of proper nutrition in maintaining healthy hair. The review discusses the roles of various vitamins and minerals in the hair cycle, highlighting their importance in both development and immune defense mechanisms. The findings suggest that addressing micronutrient deficiencies could be a modifiable risk factor for preventing and treating hair loss.

References:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13555-018-0278-6

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738081X21000729

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/lap.2020.0468

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5315033/

 

Looking for healthy snack ideas? If you usually turn to fruit, or fruit based snacks, but want something different, then it might be time to consider something like, these flaxseed crackers. We often buy crackers, but you can make your own! It will take you a couple of hours once every 6 weeks (depending on how many you are eating a day, of course!). They will last in the pantry, in an air tight container for a couple of months, they contain wonderful seaweeds which have lots of minerals in them and of course the flaxseeds themselves for the fibre and omega 3 oils. The nutrients in these crackers, are so far ahead of regular crackers so worth the time.

 

FLAXSEED CRACKERS

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups of flaxseeds (soak in 12 cups of water for at least 4 hours or overnight flaxseeds)
  • 300g carrots or sweet potatoes
  • 20g ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 6 Tablespoons of seaweed (dulse, wakame, or kombu) (ground)
  • 1 cup of sesame seeds
  • 4 lemons juiced
  • 4 Tablespoons of tamari
  • 8 sheets of nori sheets (cut into pieces)
  • 2 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 cups of onion or leek or spring onions
  • salt and pepper to taste

 Instructions

  • Blend carrots/sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and tamari
  • Mix these blended ingredients in with the soaked flaxseeds
  • Add the seaweeds and salt and pepper
  • In batches blend this mixture to turn into a batter
  • Stir in the sesame seeds and nori pieces
  • Place around 2 cups on each dehydrator tray and spread the mixture to 1/4 cm thickness then score each sheet with a rubber spatula into squares – 63C for 1 hour then 42 C for 6 hours then flip on the other side till crispy
  • Alternative if using an oven spread on square trays with baking paper on the lowest heat

 

*Please note that flaxseeds are also known as linseeds

 

Thank you to Remedy Bliss for the original recipe

 

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