Hair loss: Eating red meat twice a week can reduce risk, claims specialist

A healthy diet can help to protect you from certain serious diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, but did you know it can also reduce your risk of hair loss?

Consultant trichologist Anabel Kingsley has revealed the importance of nutrition for optimum hair growth.

She said: "Being a non-essential tissue, hair is the first to be withheld from and the last to benefit from nutrients you intake.

"In some cases, nutrition alone can be the sole cause of hair loss."

The expert recommends a balanced diet rich in complete protein, iron, and complex carbohydrates.

"Eating at least a 120g portion of protein (one that contains all essential amino acids) at breakfast and lunch is ideal," she said.

"Examples are: fish, eggs, lean meat, poultry and low-fat cottage cheese. For vegetarians and vegans, tofu, quinoa and nuts are good options."

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Ferritin stores iron for the body and is required for the production of hair cell protein, which is present in red meat.

Kingsley recommends eating red meat twice per week, or to take a nutritional supplement containing iron.

The hair specialist states that whole grains are crucial for supplying energy to hair strand cells.

She said: "Your hair cells need a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, iron, vitamins and minerals to function at their best.

"But again, as hair is non-essential, it is often the first part of you to suffer from a deficit – and this makes diet key."

Kingsley also suggests taking daily nutritional supplementation formulated specifically for hair cells.

The expert advises people to take "PK Tricho Complex", which contains: iron, vitamin C, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc, copper and L-lysine and L-methionine.

Daily supplementation alongside a healthy diet helps to encourage a healthy growth cycle.

"Correct nutrition is incredibly important to the health and growth of all hair textures," she states.

Kingsley highlighted that many people experience hair loss because of dietary inadequacies.

She added: "Hair loss is never trivial. Our hair forms a major part of our identity and is incredibly important to our mood, self-perception and day-to-day confidence.

"The health of your scalp plays a vital role in hair growth."

"Everything from scalp inflammation and microbial imbalances to genetics and hormonal sensitivities can impact the health of your hair follicles.

"Use daily topical products to help stimulate and protect your scalp from both internal and external aggressors."

She pointed out that leave-on topical products "can make a lasting difference to your hair growth cycle, the rate of hair shedding, and the health of your hair follicles."

Meanwhile, wash-off formulas – such as shampoos, conditioners, and sprays – "will help with instant aesthetics and breakage."

Kingsley warned that cold rinses may actually be bad for your hair as it “constricts the blood capillaries in your scalp” which would otherwise carry nutrients to each follicle.

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