2 Supplements That May Promote Healthy, Full Hair
It is not unusual for women to experience hair loss as they age, especially when menopausal changes come into play. Thinning hair on the crown or top of the head (also known as female pattern baldness) can be due to the effects of hair-care treatments, dyes and styling; the habit of twisting or pulling your hair; or thyroid or other hormone imbalances. If you are on a thyroid hormone medication and/or have other symptoms that concern you for thyroid disease, consider seeking out an integrative medicine provider who may be able to look deeper into this with you than the typical blood test does.
Diet typically also plays a role. To maintain healthy hair and help prevent further loss, try these two simple changes:
- Make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring or mackerel two or three times a week, as well as sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed per day on oatmeal or salads or in your smoothies. You can also supplement with a high-quality, molecularly distilled fish oil.
- Supplement your diet with GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) in the form of black currant oil or evening primrose oil. Take 500 mg of either twice a day for six to eight weeks to see if it helps.
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