Q. Dear Terry, “I don’t take any medications and consider myself a healthy 54-year-old woman. However, over the past few months I’ve noticed my hair has been falling out at a faster rate. No other women in my family have experienced this issue. I’m wondering if there’s anything I can try to help with hair growth?” — Kat A., Roanoke, VA
A. Dear Kat, 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 ingredients 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. You could try anywhere from 6.25 to 12.5 mg in the morning before breakfast.
Terry . . . Naturally
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