Hair growth is a challenge that many do not want to deal with, especially women who like to keep their hair long. However, a professor at the Anoka Ramsey Community College, Prof. Mike Goldman has identified zinc deficiency as one of the reasons why people lose their hair. Aside from genetics and hereditary reasons, Goldman said, “Zinc is important for hair growth. If you are zinc deficient, you will start losing your hair.” According to the Dr. OZ. Show, “the recommended daily allowances for men and women are 11mg and 8mg respectively.”
Highlighting the benefits of zinc in the daily diet, the online source stated that Zinc:
- Accelerates the activity of approximately 100 different body enzymes
- Promotes immune function to fight illness
- Supports healthy cell growth and development
- Ensures proper sense of taste and smell
Oyster is one of the main source identified to provide more zinc than any other sources because you will get 76.7 mg in six medium oysters. Zinc has been identified in some protein foods such as meat and bean. And you can also get in from nuts, crab, lobster, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products.
Goldman also noted that foods rich in protein and omega 3 promote hair growth. Or those losing patches of hair, he recommended Minoxidil, which he also said is available over the counter. Because genetics and sex are factors responsible for hair loss also, he said that men will start finding out they will lose their hair in their early 20s, while women will find out in their 30s. He also noted that having pattern baldness does not mean that the follicle is dead, but that it “sleep[s] and don’t produce hair anymore.”
Menopause is another factor responsible for women’s hair loss because of the hormonal changes which make testosterone to be more prominent in the woman’s body.
Goldman believes that solution is on its way to cure pattern hair loss. According to him, in the next 20 years hair loss will be reversed by genetically manipulating the body. He said, “It will help women [because] it is usually easier in women than men.”
In conclusion, biotin is another source of helping to retain your hair on your scalp. He advised that some shampoos now have biotin it them, which could help; although, he does not know how effective them shampoos will be.