Q. Dear Terry, “I have been losing some hair over the past few years. My doctor said it is probably related to my thyroid. Is there something I can do to help my hair and thyroid?” – Nikki W., Peoria, IL
A. Dear Nikki, I encourage you to discuss any supplementation with your healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional insight. To keep hair healthy we use shampoo, conditioner, and other external treatments, but to really address the issue we need to look inward to nourish and sustain healthy hair growth.
Biotin and B vitamins (especially riboflavin, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid) are must-haves for healthy hair and skin. They play an important role in the synthesis of amino acids – 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 you should 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 silica, vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc.
I would take all of these ingredients twice per 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 will be happy with the results.
You may want to consider additional support for the thyroid gland, as hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) can greatly affect hair quality and quantity. The nutrients the thyroid needs to function optimally include iodine, selenium, and L-tyrosine. I prefer a combination of potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine from kelp. You could try anywhere from 6.25 to 12.5 mg in the morning before breakfast.
Terry . . . Naturally
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