My teenage daughter has thyroid issues and recently noticed that her hair is falling out at an alarming rate.
Q. Dear Terry, “My teenage daughter has thyroid issues and recently noticed that her hair is falling out at an alarming rate. She’s very self-conscious of this and doesn’t know what to do. Is there something natural she can try?” — Kira L., Ann Arbor, MI
A. Dear Kira, I encourage you to discuss any recommendations with her 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 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 iodine. Iodine is crucial for the thyroid gland, which can contribute to hair quality and quantity issues. 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 per day.
Terry . . . Naturally