A wholesome diet, rich in silica, calcium and iron will help reduce or prevent hair loss. Leafy, green vegetables are good mineral sources. Raw oats provide silica. Dried fruits and cherry juice are rich sources of iron.For women, thinning hair or hair loss can be a sign of a problem in the gastrointestinal tract. It could be a sign of insufﬁcient stomach acids; It could also mean a deﬁciency of protein, zinc, iron and /or other nutrients.
For men, the balding process can be slowed down by adopting a low-fat diet. Male pattern baldness has been linked to increased testosterone levels during puberty. A high-fat, meat-based diet raises testosterone levels, and that may adversely affect hair follicles. Eating low-fat foods may not stop hair loss; but it might help slow it down. Anaemia is one of the most frequent causes of hair loss. Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, like liver (unless pregnant) and other organ meat, whole grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates and raisins.
The hair is comprised mostly of protein. To encourage hair growth, adhere to a diet rich in protein. A recommended diet for this purpose includes calf liver, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, and two tablespoons of granulated lecithin. Along with protein, these foods are also high in B vitamins – an important nutrient for hair growth.
Studies have indicated that soy protein reinforces hair and stimulates its growth. Tofu and soy milk are good sources of soy protein. Other sources of protein are : low-fat cheese, eggs, ﬁsh, beans, brewer’s yeast and yogurt.
Another important nutrient for healthy hair is Silica. Organic silica added to Shampoo is believed to prevent baldness, simulate healthier hair growth and endow it with shine, lustre and strength. Silica can be applied externally to re-grow already lost hair.
Silica is found in the outer coverings of potatoes, green and red peppers and cucumbers. Bean sprouts are also high in silica..
Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. Include a good serving of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Vitamin E is important for healthy hair growth. Eat avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil on a regular basis.
If hair loss is due to thyroid dysfunction, eat more foods rich in vitamin A and iodine. Vegetables such as carrots or spinach. Unreﬁned, cold-pressed seed oils such as ﬂax, walnut or pumpkin seed and sea salt. Take turnips, cabbage, mustard, soy beans, peanuts, pine nuts and millet if there is a deﬁciency of iodine.
Caution: Excessive intake of Vitamin A can cause hair loss.