Natural Hair Loss Treatments that Encourage Hair Growth and Treat Hair Loss
While there are certainly a number of medical treatments that offer great results, experts say that natural treatment can yield some of the best benefits for anyone concerned about the health of their hair.
Most people choose to treat their hair loss with medications or surgery, such as Minoxidil or hair transplantation. However many people fail to realize that medication and surgery are costly and may carry some harmful side effects and risks. The safest and most cost efficient form of hair loss therapy is natural treatment, which includes healthy dieting, herbal remedies, exercise and proper hair care techniques. Natural hair loss treatment has become the Lost Art of hair repair and is often neglected as a form of treatment among the very pricey alternatives.
Obvious but Neglected
The most obvious but also the most neglected case is lack of proper nutrition. A fundamental principal in natural treatment is that the same foods that are good for your health, are good for your hair. Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables, lack of proper (balanced) nutrition will cause hair loss in many people.
Foods that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and have reduced fat content can help in maintaining healthier hair and preventing hair loss. For example, essential fatty acids, found in spinach, walnuts, soy, tuna, sardines, sunflower seeds and canola oil, are important dietary essentials useful in keeping hair healthy.
The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in maintaining healthy hair. Insufficient levels of these essential fatty acids could lead to quicker hair loss.
A deficiency in vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 can also lead to hair problems. Foods containing B vitamins, like liver, chicken, fish and soybean are important to healthy hair growth. Both vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are found in protein rich foods, which are needed to maintain hair growth. Certain vitamins and nutritional supplements are often necessary to restore protein levels which in turn, are useful in preventing hair loss. Increasing vitamin B intake in ones diet is a successful way to prevent or treat your hair loss naturally.
Alongside the concept of healthy eating of vitamins, minerals and nutrients are also the use of herbal remedies that are effective in such treatment.
Among the herbs making medical headlines is Saw Palmetto. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in treating hair loss. The herb has been found to work in fighting benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which is a known cause of androgenic alopecia, the medical term for male or female pattern hair loss. While there are no clinical trials supporting this herbs usefulness, there is some reliable research proving that it can slow down androgen activity within the hair follicle.
Nettles, usually taken in the form of Nettle Root Extract, has shown itself to be effective in preventing hair loss as well. Nettles are rich in vitamins A and C, that are beneficial in inhibiting DHT production and promoting hair growth as a natural hair loss treatment. Other traditional herbs that are useful are green tea, licorice extract, horsetail, ginger, psoralea seeds, apple cider vinegar, rosemary and sage tea. They all have shown properties that can reduce and prevent hairloss.
Research is constantly discovering modern forms of natural hair loss treatments. The list of treatments summarized in this article are only a fraction of the available natural therapies for hair loss.
Everyone has some hair loss from day to day. In fact, we all know the fact that it is normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair a day. However, some people lose a lot more hair than expected, due to genetic reasons, disease, medications, stress, injury, or ... Yes, an unhealthy diet.
Regardless of the cause of hair loss, changes in diet and lifestyle, is the safest form of preventive hair treatment around. At least it must be explored before resorting to medication or surgery.
Please note that herbal remedies and medications can also trigger side effects and must be taken in consulation or under supervision of health care professionals.