If you are suffering from hair loss, you may want to get your iron level checked. When you suffer from low iron, your body does not make sufficient hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body including cells that stimulate hair growth.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and is associated with many ailments and disorders including but not limited to developmental delay, impaired behavior, decreased immunity or resistance to infection, and yes, Hair Loss! The most common causes of iron deficiency are menstrual blood loss, gastrointestinal blood loss, malabsorption, and pregnancy.
One simple way to naturally boost your iron levels is to consume iron rich foods regularly along with foods rich in Vitamin C since Vitamin C naturally increases the absorption of iron. Some iron rich foods are nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sesame, hemp, flaxseeds). In Ayurveda medicine, sesame oil such as that in Maha Hair Growth Oil, has been proven beneficial in decreasing hair loss and encouraging hair growth. Beans and peas contain good amounts of iron as well and also help to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels and help to reduce belly fat. Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collard, and beet greens are more great iron rich food sources that can have a positive impact on hair growth if your hair loss is related to an iron deficiency. Consuming Vitamin C rich foods together with foods rich in iron may increase the absorption of iron by up to 300%. Some foods rich in Vitamin C is fruits (berries, oranges, guava, kiwi) and vegetables (green and red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, kale).
The Bottom Line
Iron is a nutrient that is essential for the body as it has a direct effect on hair growth. This mineral can be found in a variety of foods and incorporating them into your daily diet can benefit your overall health and your hair.