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Preventing Hair Loss: Telogen Effluvium (Part I)

Daniel Garcia-Decoteau

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Humans lose on average 100-150 hair follicles per day. Hair grows at an average of ½ inch per month.

Let that sink in for a moment.

An increase in the amount lost or a slowing down of growth results in two words: hair loss.

"Bald" is a hairstyle that many men dread. We will be compiling, over the next few weeks, a series that helps minimize hair loss caused by a multitude of different factors. Today, we will be looking at diet and vitamins. 

Hair loss described by poor dieting is called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss condition causes hair follicles that are in the anagen (growing) stage to be prematurely pushed into the telogen (resting) phase of the hair growth cycle. This push causes follicles to fall out. 

The treatment process for telogen effluvium takes several months, and can be treated by ingesting more vitamins, minerals, and supplements such as Vitamin C, Biotin, Niacin, Iron and Zinc.

Below are some of the TOP FIVE FOODS for hair growth:

  1. Nuts (which contain omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, vitamin E and copper)
  2. Oysters (rich in zinc)
  3. Sweet Potatoes (omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins A, B, C, K and E)
  4. Eggs (a good source of protein, plus biotin, other B vitamins, zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron)
  5. Spinach (iron, beta-carotene, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C).