Foods That Battle Baldness

honey-1006972_640Getting gray is not the sole source of losing hair, especially in men. A recent article published in Men’s Health magazine takes a page from the book Eat for Extraordinary Health & Healing, which is about filling your plate with foods for thicker hair.

The five foods that Men’s Health recommends are:

Honey – Though you may think that honey is great only for sweetening your coffee in the morning or on toast, the article talks about honey being a treatment for seborrheic dermatitis. This skin condition is sometimes the cause of “scaling, itching and hair loss,” so those who applied it to their scalp every other day for 4 weeks reported “an improvement in hair loss.”

Spinach – Because spinach is high in vitamin C and iron, it has nutrients that are key to hair health. Men’s Health suggests tossing a spinach salad with hard-boiled eggs or mushrooms, because these two ingredients are full of vitamin D.

Oysters – One of the benefits of eating oysters includes getting a huge dose of zinc. The article talks about a study that compared the zinc levels of 50 people with hair loss from alopecia areata to 50 people without balding. It was found that all those with hair loss were experiencing extremely low levels of zinc. Another similar study looked at 312 men and women with balding. “No matter the cause of the hair loss,” states Men’s Health magazine, “all subjects had significantly lower zinc levels than controls.”

If you don’t like oysters, then other sources that can be adequate substitutes include walnuts, spinach, eggs, green peas, wheat germ, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, and garbanzo beans.

Pumpkin Seed Oil – The article discusses a study involving the use of pumpkin seed oil in pill form. The researchers “gave men with hair loss 400 mg” of pumpkin seed oil per day. Others received a placebo. Those who had the oil pill experienced a 40% increase in hair growth compared to those who did not add pumpkin seed oil to their diet.

Seaweed –There are two types of edible seaweed that have long been touted for their medicinal effects. Laminaria japonica, a brown seaweed used often by the Japanese, was found to promote hair growth in people with mild to moderate hair loss. Within 16 weeks of starting the supplementation, the volunteers in the study saw a 13% increase in hair volume and 27% more thickness. Seaweed also protects against inflammation and dandruff, which can lead to hair loss as well.

You can read the full article “5 Foods That Stop Hair Loss” with links to all of the noted studies and research on Men’s Health.