My adult daughter recently started losing her hair.
Q. Dear Terry, “My adult daughter recently started losing her hair. Would you have any recommendations? Thanks a lot!” — Galina F., Miami, FL
A. Dear Galina, I encourage your daughter to discuss any supplementation with her 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 she 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 have her take all of these ingredients twice per day. Please be patient when it comes to new hair growth, as it takes time. Have her stick with these ingredients for a minimum of three months and I think she will be happy with the results.
For additional support she may want to consider adding support for the thyroid gland, as this 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. She could try anywhere from 6.25 to 12.5 mg in the mornings, before breakfast.
Terry . . . Naturally