I am having issues with my hair falling out.
Q. Dear Terry, “Terry, I am having issues with my hair falling out. I am taking biotin and using different hair loss shampoos, but still it is falling out. Help please! I do have thyroid problems but they are under control with medication.” — Linda K., Cleveland, OH
A. Dear Linda, To keep hair healthy, we know that regular shampooing, conditioning, and other external treatments are usually part of the routine. However, we need to look inward to really nourish and sustain healthy hair growth.
You were on the right track with biotin, now I have a couple more nutrient recommendations that I think will be beneficial.
Biotin is a B vitamin that is a must have for healthy hair and skin. B vitamins in general (especially riboflavin, B6, folic acid and pantothenic acid) play an important role in amino acid synthesis- which are the building blocks of hair. The two most critical sulphurated (sulfur-containing) amino acids for new hair growth are L-methionine and L-cysteine. They are essential for the formation of keratin and help promote new hair growth.
Another ingredient I would consider is millet seed oil, which provides valuable natural compounds like miliacin. Miliacin has been found to increase cell metabolism, stimulate cell proliferation and tissue regeneration – exactly what you want for restoring healthy hair.
Other supportive ingredients include sunflower seed oil, silica, vitamin A, vitamin E and zinc.
I would take all of these ingredients twice a day. Please be patient when it comes to new hair growth, as it takes time. Stick with these ingredients for a minimum of three months and I think you’ll be happy with the results.
For the thyroid, I always recommend iodine. An underactive thyroid can also contribute to hair quality and quantity issues. In addition to your medication, you could add iodine. I prefer a blend of potassium iodide, sodium iodide and molecular iodine from kelp. I would take 12.5 mg per day.
Terry . . . Naturally