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Jan102010

Two Supplements for Thinning Hair

It is not unusual for women to experience hair loss as they age, especially when menopausal changes come into play. Thinning hair (also known as female pattern baldness) can be due to the effects of hair-care treatments, dyes, and styling; the habit of twisting or pulling your hair; or even thyroid disease. Diet may also play a role. To maintain healthy hair and help prevent further loss, try these two simple changes:

Make sure you're getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring or mackerel two or three times a week, or sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds per day on cereal or salads. You can also supplement with a high-quality fish oil.

Supplement your diet with GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) in the form of black currant oil or evening primrose oil. Take 500 mg of either twice a day for six to eight weeks to see if it helps.

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"Make sure you're getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring or mackerel two or three times a week, or sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds per day on cereal or salads. You can also supplement with a high-quality fish oil."

I didn't know this was good for hair loss! Thanks!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMax

to treat thinning hair first you have to know what causes it, diet and stress are the more common causes

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthinning hair problems

Some people have always associated Omega-3 with cardio care, but I'm sure less have thought it as a way to prevent hair thinning. I also agree with the other commenter that stress can impact hair thinning, too.

Given the amount of abuse our hair is currently subjected to, eating healthy is a good investment to preserve our crowning glory.

Janet Bennet
Laser Hair Removal Los Angeles

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Bennet

Hormonal imbalances can also cause thinning of the hair. When a woman's hormones are thrown out of the proper balance, it can knock the entire body out of sync, which can lead to extreme hair loss. Genetics also plays a part in thinning of the hair. Some women are just genetically prone to thinner hair as they get older.
hair thinning causes

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

I enjoyed your post, and to be honest I would not have thought about GLA for reducing thinning hair. I honestly think that we need to also focus on reducing our stress levels. Stress in one of the number one causes of hair loss. Women do lose hair during hormonal changes, but they lose even more due to stress. We need to educate more women about ways to lower their stress levels such as: meditation, medications, and relaxtation tips. Women who lower their stress levels lose less hair than women who are constantly stressed.

Brad Kent
laser hair removal los angeles

November 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Kent

Instead of flax, can you eat walnuts?

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

saw palmetto is an excellent help for thinniq hair, i quess that it has the same properties as propetia, without the chemicals. i've used it, and it reversed some thinninq that i had.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjamesfrommiami

Drinking plenty of water will ensure that your hair is properly moisturized from the inside out. About eight glasses a day is ideal.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeauty Queens

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