Male pattern baldness affects a large percentage of male men in Australia every year, and thought it doesn’t affect physical health in any, can have a debilitating affect on self esteem and confidence. At present, science still can’t tell us what causes this phenomena and how it can be prevented or cured.
Some research has however, suggested that what we eat could have some affect on preventing the onset of baldness or slowing its progression. We’ve put together a list of some of the foods you should look out for.
Steak If you’re a keen meat-eater, this one’s for you! The proteins found in red meats are essential for hair growth, as hair is mainly made up of proteins. And it’s not just red meats, get stuck into chicken, fish and legumes as well!
Iron Low levels of iron in the blood (medically known as anemia) is another cause of hair loss and this is something that can easily be addressed. Dates, raisins, leafy greens, nuts and fresh herbs are all great sources of iron. And if you’re struggling to get enough from what you’re eating, Iron is available in capsule form as a readily-available mineral supplement.
Omega-3 Fatty acids found in fish products and omega-3 oils are essential to keep the bacteria in the body balanced and the functions working well. Eating a diet rich in these goodies also helps hair to grow and keeps it healthy, with an extra shine!
Vitamin E Nuts and seeds, as well as garlic, onion and chilli are all packed with the goodness of vitamin E. We’re not sure why, but Vitamin E has long been used to promote hair growth. In the past it was even massaged into the skull to battle baldness!
Sulphur All of the fibres of the body, especially skin, hair and nails have a high concentration of sulphur in then. Thus, it makes sense that eating sulphur rich foods would be excellent to promote their growth and strength. The richest sources of sulphur are broccoli, onions, garlic and chilli.
While there’s not much that can be done about baldness in both men and women, leading a healthy lifestyle, with plenty of exercise and a balanced diet, is essential to maintain a good level of bodily function – even stimulate hair growth.