We are often asked whether amino acids can help hair loss, and in order to answer the question, we need to first explore what amino acids actually are.
Amino acids are the main constituents of protein, and essential in keeping the body functioning healthily. Our bodies can actually make twelve amino acids themselves, leaving eight other essential amino acids that we need to include within our diets. Of these, five are particularly relevant to hair growth (cystine, cysteine, methionine, arginine and lysine) and of these, lysine and methionine cannot be produced by the body.
You can get lysine in protein-rich food such as eggs, meats and cheese, and, if you’re vegetarian, nuts and legumes. As for methionine, it crops up in eggs, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, fish and meats. The body does not store amino acids, so it’s essential that we include them in our daily diet; we should aim to eat 60g of pure protein a day.
How Do Amino Acids Affect My Hair?
So what do these amino acids actually do? Crucially, they form keratin, the protein that makes up the majority of your hair strand (around 88%). Amino acids also make red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
Like all supplements, ones containing amino acids should be used as a means to top up your daily intake of vitamins and nutrients from your food. And whilst it is true that someone who avoided the above foods could expect the health of their hair to diminish, ingesting more amino acids via supplements on top of a healthy diet does not prevent hair loss, it merely helps keeps hair in a good condition.
A Different Approach
When you’re experiencing pattern hair loss due to your genetic makeup, merely upping your intake of amino acids will not in itself be enough to slow your rate of hair loss and regrow hair. A comprehensive and personalised hair loss treatment plan from The Belgravia Centre includes our supplement Hair Vitalics which contains, among other vitamins and nutrients, methionine, helping to keep hair in the best possible condition. Crucially, though, we also include clinically proven medications in our plans, which play a key role in stopping hair loss and encouraging regrowth.
Supplements that claim to regrow hair by themselves are, sadly, making unproven claims, as the only hair loss medications licensed by both the UK and USA regulatory bodies are Propecia and minoxidil. The Belgravia Centre offers both of these medications within our treatment plans, alongside a variety of treatment boosters, the category in which our supplement Hair Vitalics falls. To book a free consultation with us just call 0800 077 6666 or send us a message online. We’re open 7 days a week and extensively over the Christmas break, so we’re sure to be able to find a time that suits you.