Hair loss is a symptom of either natural aging or a disrupted metabolic process, usually the latter. One of the underlying causes is the accelerated aging of the hair root, characterized by fibrosis. Fibrosis causes hair roots to become rigid and compresses the blood vessels that nourish and stimulate hair roots. The hair roots become weak causing subsequent hair loss, and hair follicles to produce vellus hair rather than terminal hair.
- Stress: Excessive stress may cause some types of hair loss, particularly alopecia, and often 2 – 3 months after a stressful episode, but if the stressful period is brief, regrowth normally occurs.
- Hyperthyroidism: May cause hair loss within 50% of those afflicted, causing the hair to become fine and soft.
- Psoriasis and Lupus: Long-standing psoriasis that affects the scalp may cause hair loss, as does Lupus.
- Free Radicals: Superoxide free radicals may be implicated in hair loss with both female and male pattern baldness. Beware of “cheap” forms of Coenzyme Q10 - they may metabolize within the body to form superoxide free radicals. Foodstate antioxidants are very helpful.
Recommended Foodstate supplements:
- Multi Antioxidants with Q10 2 tablets daily for 6 weeks
- Vitamin B complex 2 tablets daily for 6 weeks
- Zinc and copper 2 tablets daily for 6 weeks
- Organic Pea Protein powder 2 scoops daily in a smoothie
Rosemary oil massaged into the scalp or rosemary infusion applied topically to the scalp reputedly prevents hair loss by stimulating the activity of hair follicles.