There are numerous sources of vitamin D, including sunlight, but millions of us do not get enough and a recent study suggests it is key in the fight against hair loss.
Vitamin D has long been understood to regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate in our body. A lack of it can lead to conditions such as rickets in children and painful bones in older people… pain in the bones is sometimes a simple sign of a vitamin D deficiency which, left unattended, can lead to osteoporosis.
However, the effects of the vitamin appear to go beyond healthy bones and teeth. A team in Saudi Arabia has recently published a report, the result of looking at the evidence from hundreds of earlier studies, pointing to a direct link between levels of vitamin D and androgenetic alopecia.
In fact, vitamin D has become associated with a range of unwelcome symptoms. Drowsiness, excessive sweating or muscle pain can all be signs that you need a boost.
The latest study, while far from definitive, clearly saw a link between low vitamin D levels and alopecia areata. Given the requirement for a range of vitamins and other micronutrients in the hair follicle growth cycle, they recommended large scale double-blind clinical trials to achieve a clearer understanding of the processes.
Are You Getting Enough?
During summer months we should be getting all the vitamin D we need from sunlight. Of course, there are those who won’t, people in institutions, or hospital for example. For them, and all of us during the winter months it can be a struggle, which means many of us will be suffering from an in witting deficiency. While it does occur in a small range of foods supplements are recommended. The national health service in the UK recommends an adult take 10 micrograms daily between the end of summer and late March or early April.
Hair Loss For Women
Against that backdrop of symptoms, including osteoporosis, it would seem obvious that our vitamin D levels are something we should all be more conscious of. And protecting ourselves against at this time of year. Not many of us will get enough from our diet given the limited range of foods that it appears in.. oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks. There are also fortified foods, spreads and cereals. But a supplement should definitely be a consideration in the winter months.
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