I lost my hair after chemotherapy and it’s starting to grow back very slowly. : Terry Talks Nutrition

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I lost my hair after chemotherapy and it’s starting to grow back very slowly.


Q. Dear Terry, “I lost my hair after chemotherapy and it’s starting to grow back very slowly. I already take the curcumin and boswellia that you talk about to help me stay cancer-free. I’m hoping you can offer some suggestions for hair growth?” – Shirley W., Stamford, CT

A. Dear Shirley, Hair growth requires specific nutrients that help to nourish the hair follicle. 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.

In a clinical study, people with cancer were divided into groups receiving millet seed oil and chemotherapy, or chemotherapy alone. The grade, or severity of hair loss, was assessed by World Health Organization (WHO criteria). Those in the millet seed oil group saw significantly lower percentages of hair loss. The extract, given orally, was well tolerated in all patients – a challenge when chemotherapy is part of the treatment. Thankfully, you are done with chemotherapy, but these results are still promising for anyone who has dealt with conventional cancer treatments.

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.

Glad to hear you are taking curcumin with turmeric essential oil and boswellia for maintaining good health.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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