Can whey protein or amino acids trigger male pattern baldness or cause hair loss?

Can whey protein isolates or amino acides like l arginine or pycnogenol(nitric oxides) trigger male pattern baldness or cause hair loss ?

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Protein or amino acids and hair loss

   There is not evidence to prove any such problems with those products.  Please consult with a hair transplant specialist to evaluate your hair.


Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Protein supplements do not trigger male pattern hair loss. Your genetic trait or predisposition causes male pattern hair loss.

Protein supplements do not trigger male pattern hair loss.  Your genetic trait or predisposition causes male pattern hair loss.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Can whey protein or amino acids trigger male pattern baldness or cause hair loss?

When you use whey protein or amino acids they sometimes have steroid type compounds in them and if they do, this will trigger hair loss. You need an examination by an expert to find out the cause of your hair loss

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Getting to the Bottom of It--Seeking Hair Loss Treatment: PRP and Progesterone

I recommend getting a formal evaluation with a hair loss expert. Some amino acids help slow down hair loss, L-arginine among them. There are great non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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