Lately when I’ve been brushing my hair, I have noticed that it is starting to fall out.
Q. Dear Terry, “Lately when I’ve been brushing my hair, I have noticed that it is starting to fall out. This has never happened before and I brought it up to my doctor, but he didn’t seem too concerned. I am a 68 year old woman and don’t have any other health issues. Please help!” — Gladys M., Norfolk, VA
A. Dear Gladys, I encourage you to discuss any recommendations with your primary 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 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 to 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 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.
For additional support you may want to consider adding iodine. Iodine is crucial for the thyroid gland, which can contribute to hair quality and quantity issues. I prefer a blend of potassium iodide, sodium iodide, and molecular iodine from kelp. I would take 12.5 mg per day.
Terry . . . Naturally