Can Iron Deficiency Cause Hair Loss?

While there are tens of factors that lead to hair loss, iron deficiency is one of the most common ones. This deficiency is commonly caused by a lack of iron, which is one of the most important minerals for normal hair growth. Iron also optimizes energy levels, nourishes the skin and keeps the heart healthy. When a person notices exaggerating hair shedding, she/he must check the iron levels in the blood. There is a big chance the body isn’t getting enough minerals.

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Iron deficiency (Anemia) is caused by low numbers of red blood cells in the blood. It usually occurs if your diet lacks iron-rich foods, or you aren’t absorbing it correctly. However, loss of blood, illness and pregnancy can also be causes of this deficiency. While anyone can have iron deficiency, women and adolescent girls of childbearing age are especially at risk. According to studies about 1 in 5 women of childbearing age and about 50% of all pregnant women develop iron deficiency.

Most of women who suffer from hair loss have some degree of iron deficiency. What happens is that this deficiency sends your body into survival mode, so your body channels oxygen to support vital functions as opposed to ones like keeping your hair intact. If you’re losing your hair, or notice it isn’t growing at the rate or to the length it used to, you better have your doctor test your iron levels.

However, some people just buy iron supplements and start taking them without a doctor’s permission. The thing that most people don’t know is that too much iron also have negative effects on our bodies and also causes hair loss. Therefore a simple blood test is everything you need in this case. 

This video may help you to understand more about hair loss due to iron deficiency:

Iron and Hair Loss

There are two types of iron in our bodies – Serum Iron and Ferritin. The latter is an essential component of hair follicles. Ferritin is stored iron, so first and foremost good levels are important in the prevention of anaemia. Correct ferritin levels also maximize your hair’s ‘anagen’ or ‘growing’ phase and encourage your hairs to grow to their full length. When you aren’t getting enough iron through your diet, your body takes ferritin stored in non-essential tissue, like your hair bulb, and gives it to essential tissue, such as your heart. Low levels of Ferritin in the body cause:

-Non-pigmented (white) fine hair

-Hair structure changes

-Dry hair

-Hair loses its curly texture and becomes limp

-Hair loses its natural colour and sheen

-Your strands become very thin and are prone to breakage

-General hair fall

Available treatments

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As a treatment, doctors often recommend taking Ferrograd C, as it’s released slowly and doesn’t cause as many side effects as other iron supplements. However, it can take as long as 6 months to increase ferritin levels, but don’t despair or become impatient. As your levels improve, your hair will benefit immensely. But if you want to improve your condition, it is important to follow a healthy diet. When we say healthy diet, it also means you should try to add rich foods in iron to your meals. Here is a good list of what you should be eating to improve your ferritin levels while taking supplements:

Red meat





Raw peaches


Prune juice

Raw or dried apricots

Broccoli tops

Potato skins




Treacle (molasses)


Now that you figured out how to correct your lack of ferritin, you should know that your hair also requires a special care. When hair goes through a bad phase like shedding and thinning, you’ll going to need to nourish it from the outside too. Therefore, a good DIY hair mask is the perfect thing to start with. There are many easy homemade hair masks all you need is few minutes and voila.

Author: kari

Healthy hair, healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mind, healthy soul means healthy and peaceful life. BE HEALTHY BE HAPPY!

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