In the rush to compartmentalise medical conditions, people often fail to understand that different types of hair loss have multiple contributing factors that appear at first glance to have little to do with the scalp.
Given that diet is one such component, news this week that black pudding is being hailed as a superfood has been received with interest.
Reporting on black pudding’s big moment, the Daily Mail explained that it was being championed by an online shop called MuscleFood, whose spokesman Darren Beale says that “2015 saw healthy eating reach a new level and this year we predict this trend is only going to get bigger.”
The reason for black pudding's sudden surge in popularity is that it is almost entirely carb-free plus contains exactly the kinds of things that can contribute to good health and a healthy head of hair.
These include protein, calcium , magnesium, zinc and iron, which black pudding is said to be laden with. Taking these one at a time:
Protein: a diet rich in protein is beneficial for hair growth since hair itself is chiefly made of protein, other valuable sources include eggs.
Calcium: Crucial not just for healthy bones but for hair, too - a lack of calcium can lead to increased shedding.
Potassium: this element helps to regulate the hair’s pH balance, thereby increasing its strength and condition.
Magnesium: assists the body in absorbing and retaining calcium. A lack of magnesium can lead to symptoms associated with a lack of calcium.
Zinc: during the hair growth cycle, follicles need zinc to produce new hair shafts. When zinc is deficient, hairloss can ensue, the deficiency most often triggering a condition called Telogen Effluvium. The effect is a general overall thinning of the hair which can last up to a year. When it lasts longer than that, the condition is known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Thinning. These types of thinning tend to be more prevalent in women but can also affect men.
Iron: A report in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2006 found that the efficiency of hair loss treatment may be enhanced if iron deficiency is addressed. Lack of iron can also lead to diffuse hair loss, and studies have found that more than 70 per cent of women with this particular hair loss condition have an iron deficiency.
If the idea of snacking on pork fat and blood is not for you, there are of course a variety of alternatives.
As well as other hair-friendly superfoods such as quinoa and blackcurrants, a balanced diet topped up with targeted food supplements such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics can help keep the hair and scalp healthy.
Specially formulated with more than a dozen vitamins and minerals that have been associated with hair health, they are an easy solution for anyone who doesn’t have the time (or the stomach) to ensure they are getting what they need purely from their diet.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned group of a hair loss clinic in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation from anywhere in the world for home-use treatment.
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