Drinking cow’s milk is somewhat nauseating if you think about it. Humans are the only genus that continues to drink milk into adulthood – and that of a different species no less. If that thought alone won’t get you switching to soy, perhaps another reason is that it may help prevent hair loss.
Soy products are an excellent source of protein and since hair is primarily composed of protein, a diet rich in soy is beneficial for optimum hair growth. However there have been studies to suggest the benefits are far more penetrating.
One study found that a molecule called equol, a resulting compound of soy protein digestion, blocked the cancer-forming activity of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) without inhibiting testosterone. DHT is a by-product of testosterone that is linked to prostate cancer but is also the main cause of hair loss in men and women and scientists believe the results may have implications for treating baldness.
“Blocking the action of the potent androgen (male hormone) DHT has been one of the holy grails of the pharmaceutical industry as a strategy for treating prostate cancer and other related diseases,” says researcher Kenneth Setchell, PhD. “This natural metabolite made from soy isoflavones, which are found in high amounts in soybeans, does this very effectively.”
The idea that soy can help prevent baldness is not a new one but there is still no conclusive evidence to indicate the consumption of soy will prevent baldness. The hair loss prescription drug, Propecia, works in a similar way to the presumed method of soy but unlike the soy theory, it has been conclusively proven through years of clinical studies to be the most effective treatment for male hair loss.
Other scientifically proven hair loss treatments are also effective for men and women but the results can be far superior when combined in an individually adapted treatment course program and supported with the right hair growth boosters.
However, good nutrition does have it’s part to play in healthy hair growth and there are many reasons to add soy as part of a well-balanced diet.
Soy foods are a nutritional goldmine – they are high in protein, calcium, fibre, folic acid, B vitamins, potassium and iron – all essential vitamins and minerals for healthy hair.
So, since soy is good for you regardless of whether it helps with hair loss, there’s no harm in adding it to your diet but if you want a greater guarantee of hair loss stabilisation and reversal you’ll need to look into getting the right combination of proven treatments for you. And bear in mind that the sooner you address the problem, the more likely you are to see the best results.