Does Low calorie Diet and Vitamin Deficiency Cause Hair Loss?


There are certain vitamins that are essential for health of your hair. Your daily food intake should contain adequate vitamins and nutrition per day. Should you decide to engage in a weight loss program, you need to know the various nutrients that are necessary for healthier hair. Tailoring of the diet to include and achieve a weight goal must also include appropriate levels of essential vitamins for your hair.

Certain vitamins that are known to be specifically associated with hair loss include:

1. Iron

Iron deficiency cause anemia which is known to contribute to hair loss. Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which inadequate iron intake and excess of blood loss can be contributing causes. Treatment should be appropriate to the cause of the Iron deficiency and should be under medical supervision. Foods rich in Iron are spinach, liver, and red meat.

2. Zinc

Zinc deficiency is known to be associated to hair loss. A low calorie diet with little or no read meat protein can contribute to zinc deficiency. Diagnosis for zinc deficiency can be difficult and zinc supplementation should be undertaken only under medical supervision.

3. Biotin

Biotin deficiency is associated with hair loss as well as some skin disorders. Biotin is one of B vitamins that have a broad range of functions in the body. Biotin can be found in many foods and has a role in food metabolism. Biotin can be found in wheat germ, brown rice, red meat and egg yolk. 

4. Protein

protein deficiency is an outcome of inadequate protein in the diet over a period of time. Vegetarians can avoid protein deficiency by including a variety of plant protein sources such as beans, legumes, and nuts. Extreme vegetarian diets and extreme low calorie diets are associated withinadequate protein intake.   main sources of protein are meat, fish and dairy products.

Your daily food intake should contain many of the vitamins that are mentioned above not only for healthy hair but for maintaining a healthy body. 

It is important to keep hair healthy by using the right hair care products. If hair loss is genetic, then hair transplant can be an option to restore the hair that is lost and medical treatment is used to prevent future hair loss and keep hair healthy.

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Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon