The Surprising Connection Between Iron Deficiency and Hair Loss

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By Hot Health October 12, 2016 10:44
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The Surprising Connection Between Iron Deficiency and Hair Loss

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Hair Loss and Its Association with Iron Deficiency

Hair loss is a problem that many people are battling continuously in their life. May it be men or women, none is saved from the wrath of falling hair that litters the beds and floor everywhere. Men are still considered more lucky, because although hair loss still has an impact on them, society is more forgiving to their misfortune. Women, on the other hand, have to suffer the major consequences. Hair has become increasingly associated with femininity and those with thinning strands are subject to any amount of humiliation and embarrassment. Also, with the beauty trends in the world today, having thick hair is considered a necessity, but not everyone has this luxury. So, what can be a cause of excessive hair loss?

Where men can associate their hair loss to the hormonal male patterned baldness, women have other worries at hand. Research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2003 suggests a very strong link between women hair loss, alopecia and iron deficiency. Yes, surprisingly, most women suffering from hair loss were found to have low levels of iron in their body which was ultimately found as one of the contributors to hair loss. So, how does iron interact with the hair on your head to produce such devastating results? Here we explain the mystery behind this iron-induced hair loss that appears to have stricken so many women, all over the world.

  • Iron is basically needed for hair growth, without effective amounts of iron in the body, the hair cells will become deficient in a vital ingredient which leads to its weakened growth and hence frequent hair loss.
  • Iron is vital for the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Without iron, blood will be deficient in this capacity and as hair cells already get scarce blood supply from the scalp, further oxygen deficiencies will only result in hair cells dying off and ultimately hair fall
  • Deficiencies of iron will ultimately lead to a chronic anemia, in these situations the whole body incurs an oxygen deficient condition and so blood is fed more to the vital organs. The hair cells are ignored, which ultimately result in hair loss or alopecia in women with chronic anemia who may not even realize they have the disease.
  • Iron is also needed to make the important enzymes that are required to carry out the vital processes within the cells. When there are low levels of iron, these enzymes are also deficient, which makes the hair cells prone to damage, death and hair loss.

So, how do you find out whether your body is low in iron or not? Well, normally, doctors find this out by a few tests, one of these is the serum ferritin test. Ferritin is the transport form of iron in the blood. Once iron is absorbed from the intestines, it takes the form of ferritin. Serum ferritin tells you the level of iron in the blood. For a normal individual, this should lie in the range of 40-200. However, for good hair growth, research suggests a minimum ferritin level of 70. In addition to this, the hemoglobin level of the blood can also be used to test the level of iron and the extent of anemia in the body. Normally it lies between 11-13 for women and it should be within this range for good hair growth.

In the unfortunate event that you do incur an iron deficit, there is no need to worry. This is usually a treatable condition. Increasing your intake of certain iron rich foods can help you reach the RDA guidelines for iron levels. This includes:

  • Meat products, eat red meat and fish
  • Milk
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Iron supplements for correcting the iron deficiency

Hence, this is something that can be reversed. The good news is that with this iron your hair growth is likely to revert back to its healthy status once again also. So, are you suffering from hair loss too? We suggest you get your ferritin levels tested, maybe you can benefit from iron too!

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By Hot Health October 12, 2016 10:44
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