Nutrition, inflammation and hair loss.




Several studies have shown a link between nutrition and hair loss. It seems that diets that predispose to inflammation are much more likely to be associated with hair loss, than a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and phytonutrients.In addition to toxic cytokines, there are other inflammatory pathways that can be effected by following an “anti inflammatory” diet.

A common problem associated with a “modern/typical western diet “involves over-production of pro-inflammatory hormone-like “messengers” (such as prostaglandin) E2) and under-production of anti-inflammatory “messengers” (such as prostaglandin E1 and E3). Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils help to suppress the formation of undesirable prostaglandin E2 and promote synthesis of beneficial prostaglandin E3. Gamma linolinic acid (GLA) induces production of the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin E1.

The food we eat can significantly affect whether we have more of the beneficial prostaglandins (E1 and E3) as opposed to the pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2. Since prostanglandin E2 is a culprit in inflammation, reducing food that are high in omega-6 fatty acids (processed food) and increasing omega-3 rich food, can be beneficial. Limiting foods that convert to arachidonic acid can help reduce inflammation. (Arachidonic acid is a precursor to both prostanglandin E2 and the pro-inflammatory cytokine leukotriene B(4)).

Another dietary factor that can lead to high levels of arachidonic acid is the over-consumption of high-glycemic index carbohydrates that cause excess production of insulin. Foods that contribute to chronic inflammation and hair loss are foods with the high-glycemic index (things that you digest quickly) like sugary drinks biscuits, cakes and many breakfast cereals. Food containing large amounts of polyunsaturated fats or saturated fats, and foods high in arachidonic acid.

Some specific foods to avoid :Margarine, Organ meats, Egg yolks,Pasta, Juices (canned or bottled), fizzy drinks,White rice, white bread,Refined sugar.

Good foods: Salmon,Oatmeal,Olives and Olive oil,Almonds.

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