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Nutritional Therapy for Hair

Essential Minerals with good effect on hair-
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Copper –help stimulate hair growth.
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • Silicon

Essential Vitamins-

  • A
  • B-complex
  • C

Toxic Minerals having bad effects on hair-

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Aluminium

Cause of a Mineral Imbalance


Diet- improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diet can all lead to a chemical imbalance.


Stress- physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of nutrients while reducing the capability to absorb and utilize nutrients.


Medications- both prescription and over the counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and /or increase the levels of toxic metals.


Pollution – the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metals. These can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.


Nutritional supplements-taking incorrect supplement or amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies.


Inherited patterns- a predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excess can be inherited from parents.


Hence, hair provides one of the best medium for mineral analysis of the body. Firstly, it can be cut easily and sent to the lab. Secondly, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can indicate mineral status and toxic metal accumulation.


Essential Minerals

IRON Red blood cell production Anemia, depression,dizziness
loss of appetite,
loss of vitality,
flattening & spooning of nails
Beet root, Black dates, Spinach, Jaggery,cherries, spinach, blackberries.  
ZINC Formation of proteins, energy production, enzymatic reactions, immune system Brittle nails,
White spots
Scaly acne skin,
Easy bruising
Slow wound healing,immune deficiency atherosclerosis, prostate enlargement
Non-veg, wheat germ, wheat bran, pumpkin seed, avocado, sea food.  
CALCIUM Bone & tooth formation, heart and muscle function. Cramps,Rheumatism,
Bone pains,
Muscle twitching,
Diffuse hairloss, Osteoporosis
Black gram, Skimmed milk, Soyabean, Rajmah,barley, kale, unrefined grains.  
    Osteoporosis, digestive function, nerve disorders. COPPER Formation of disulfide bonds,
Formation of pigment,
Formation of haemoglobin, skeletal, heart & muscle function
CHROMIUM Co-factor for insulin,
Increases glucose tolerance
Refining of food destroys chr.    
DM Yeast  
MAGNESIUM Nerve functioning,
Energy production, enzyme activation.
Diffuse hair loss,
Palpitations, stress, senility, osteoporosis, insomnia.
Avocados, almonds, whole grains, grape fruit.  


Toxic minerals


Lead--- poisoning due to ingestion of paints, inhalation via car exhausts, garages.


Mercury --- fish caught in mercury contaminated water, industrial exposure, fungicides, dental amalgam


Aluminium --- utensils, antacids, anti- perspirants.


Vitamins --- A regulation of keratinization in skin & hair, Prevention of acne, Prevents dry skin. Excess vit. A more than 50,000 IU for 18mths ---

  • Leads to diffuse hair loss.

Source – Green leafy vegetables, coloured fruits, vegetables


B12 – haemopoisis, def- macrocytic anaemia

Source – egg, liver


C -- collagen formation, increases resistance,def--- 

  • corkscrew curled hair on thighs,abdomen, chest.
  • Source – Amla, Lemon, Guava, Orange.

Proteins – Hair is the first structure to be affected. Def--- brittle hair, diffuse hair loss. Source – Pulses , dal, Cereals, Milk, Egg white, Nutrela


Food to be consumed:

  • Green leafy vegetables daily
  • Salads – beet,carrot, tomato, radish, cucumber
  • Sprouts – 2-3 times a week
  • Pulses & legumes – 2-3 times a week
  • Almonds 4-5 daily
  • Walnut – 1daily
  • Milk – at least 500ml daily
  • fresh fruits 3-4/day
  • 1tsf of cow’s ghee.

Foods to be avoided

  • Junk foods like pizzas, pastas, noodles, burgers & fast food.
  • Soft drinks
  • Smoking & alcohol
  • Chinese foods
  • Fried foods
  • High carbohydrate diet like potatoes, chocolates, cakes, ice-cream, deserts, pastries
  • Peanuts
  • Coconut
  • Nonveg foods like red meat, fried chicken, fish.

Home made chicken or fish without oil once a week can be taken in moderation.


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