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/

 

So if you loved the info from the blog on  bone broth, want the health benefits, but can’t come to pigs trotters and chicken feet! Here are some recipes using more conventional parts of an animals anatomy:)

 

CHICKEN BROTH

1 Chicken frame (basically the carcas with a bit of flesh on it)

2 carrots coarsely chopped

2 celery sticks coarsley chopped

2 onions coarsley chopped

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

water to cover chicken well in pot

Add all ingredients into a pot with a lid (use a slow cooker if you need to leave home), bring to the boil and remove any debris that has made its way to the top, then turn down to the lowest heat and allow it to simmer for 12 to 24 hours (the longer the better). Once done, strain stock from all the other ingredients (the now floating frame and vegetables – which you will toss away), and refrigerate or freeze stock ready for use.

NOTES

  • If you are cooking a whole chicken, after 2 to 6 hours you may want to debone the chicken so you can use the flesh and pop frame (which now would have fallen apart) back in and continue to simmer for the 12 to 24 hours. The flesh from chicken that has been simmering for hours is ultra tennder!
  • Freezing the broth in lots of small containers will allow you to take out and defrost every day and only have to prepare the broth weekly or fortnightly.
  • Broths can be added to your usually cooking in soups, stews, sauces.
  • You can drink the broth like a tea.
  • You can add miso or miso and seaweed (such as dulse, wakame, kombu) and have it like an instant cup of soup.
  • You can use non oil fish bones also for those pescetarians (vegetarians who eat fish)

 

 

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