Hair Loss And Iron Deficiency Anemia
Your hair needs vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in order for it to stay healthy and grow. These nutrients reach your follicles through blood, which is why a lack of blood supply will cause hair loss.
Iron deficiency, specially when it progresses into full-blown iron deficiency anemia can cause hair loss. So, lets talk a bit about anemia and to know that you’re suffering from it.
Signs You Have Anemia
Many men and women have iron deficiency (anemia). Iron deficiency anemia is caused by low numbers of red blood cells (haemoglobin). 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 anemia. If you believe you have anemia, have a doctor test your iron levels. Find out the risk factors, the causes, medical tests and the solutions for iron deficiency hair loss.
Here are the symptoms that show up on you if you have anemia.
- Easy fatigue and loss of energy.
- Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise.
- Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Always feeling sleepy
- Pale skin.
- Heavy Period.
- Losing Your Hair.
- Leg cramps.
People with an iron deficiency may experience these symptoms:
- A hunger for strange substances such as paper, ice, or dirt.
- Upward curvature of the nails.
- Soreness of the mouth with cracks at the corners.
If you’re losing your hair, or notice it isn’t growing at the length it used to, we suggest you have your doctor test your iron levels. It would be helpful if you mention your hair shedding in order to check levels of Ferritin.
What Is Ferritine & Why Is It Important For Hair Growth?
Ferritin is a stored iron that helps to produce hair cell protein. It’s found in every cell in your body and is essential for healthy hair. Correct ferritin levels also maximize your hair’s anagen or growing phase and encourage your hairs to grow to their full length.
Because your hair bulb is where all your hair cells are produced, this leeching of ferritin can cause your hair to shed before it reaches its maximum length. However, high levels of ferritine can make the body produce excess iron which can affect the liver and the heart.
The most beneficial treatment for anemia is when you receive iron both through good nutrition and the correct supplement. After the results, the doctor will prescribe you a supplement and suggest changes to your diet.
Here are some foods that are reach in iron.
Foods Rich In Iron
- Red meat
- Raw peaches
- Prune juice
- Raw or dried apricots
- Broccoli tops
- Potato skins
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.