With the onset of the changing season, which has an extreme temperature difference between morning and evening, more and more people are worried about hair loss. Hair loss refers to ‘the state in which there is no hair in the area where hair should normally exist’. Pharmacist Yoo Subin introduced the types of hair loss and nutritional supplements that can help hair health.
◇ What are the types of hair loss?
Hair loss can be divided into alopecia areata, telogen alopecia, anagen hair loss, androgenic alopecia. Although the exact cause of alopecia areata is still unknown, it is presumed to be caused by an autoimmune disease. Hair loss during telogen can occur after stress, surgery, or childbirth, and hair loss during anagen can occur due to scalp trauma or endocrine disease. Androgenetic alopecia is hair loss that occurs with age and changes in male hormones, and can be divided into male-type alopecia, in which hair thins out in an M-shape, and female-type alopecia, in which the hair in the center of the head becomes thin and falls out as a whole.
According to pharmacist Yoo Subin, for hair health, it is necessary to supply sufficient nutrients to make the body healthy, and then take additional medicines or nutritional supplements that promote scalp blood circulation and strengthen hair roots and hair.
◇ What are the nutrients that help hair health?
Nutrients that help hair health include brewer’s yeast and biotin, which are components of hair. Brewer’s yeast is composed of nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, and minerals to help hair health, and biotin, a component for protein and fat metabolism, also helps maintain scalp and hair health. If you additionally take cysteine and chlorella along with these nutritional supplements, the effect may be even greater. Cysteine, a well-known ingredient in black beans, helps body hair grow well, and chlorella, a type of plankton, helps prevent hair loss.
The telogen hair loss due to childbirth can be caused by a lack of iron. If the body lacks iron, it is important to supplement iron when hair loss occurs during telogen hair loss because the scalp and oxygen are not properly supplied with nutrients and hair may fall out. Glutathione, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, and selenium, which are helpful in antioxidant action, can also help prevent hair loss.
In the case of male pattern hair loss caused by hormonal imbalance, it is important to maintain hormonal balance through hair loss drugs such as Propecia or Avodart, as these nutrients alone are often ineffective.
◇ Nutrients that help hair health, how much should I take?
The hair does not grow easily or grow thick in a month or two. “If there are no special side effects, it is necessary to take it continuously for at least 6 months, and if there is an effect after that, it is good to repeat taking and rest every 2-3 months,” said pharmacist Yoo Subin.
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