Answer The answer is YES to Both parts of Question.
Eating a balanced diet is essential for maintaining good hair health and also your overall body health. According to nutritionists, people who have nutritional deficiencies in their diet have dull, stringy, or thinning hair and can at times suffer from a temporary case of hair loss.
A DIET, which is very low in calories, can affect your hair. Eating too much of only certain food groups and eliminating others from your diet, can also cause hair loss. Studies have shown that a deficiency of Zinc (and Magnesium) can severely affect your hair and cause it to fall. Zinc is present in meat, seafood, and eggs; so you should try and incorporate these in your diet.
For vegetarians, a Zinc supplement or our Vitamin AA Plus will help.
If there is not enough minerals absorbed by the body, it will affect the growth of hair. This is because these trace elements, such as Iron, Zinc, Copper and Calcium, etc, are the basic metabolic materials of the melanin in human skin and hair. Lack of these substances will cause the hair to become white prematurely too. Black food contains a lot of these trace elements, such as black bean, black rice, black fungus, black date, black sesame… (We DO have this minerals in our Vitamin AA Plus.)
Hair, to remain healthy, needs essential fatty acids. The Omega-3 fatty acids provide the hair follicles with the nutrients necessary for good health and to keep the hair and scalp from drying up. If the hair follicle will not get its share of these fatty acids, it becomes weak and this results in hair loss and thinning of hair. Thus a diet, which all but eliminates fat, is not good for the hair. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in mackerel, salmon, flaxseed oil, macadamia nuts, and walnuts.
Another constituent of the Vitamin B complex, known as Biotin, is very essential for healthy hair, A deficiency of Biotin is known to cause hair loss. Vitamin B promote the metabolism of scalp, so it is also very helpful for the growth of hair. Vitamin B widely exists in fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, such as wheat, red rice, peanut, soybean, spinach, tomato, mushroom…
One reason why several dermatologists suggest using Biotin supplements (we have Biotin and Bs in our Vitamin AA Plus bottle) is because thousands of calories are needed daily to keep our hair healthy. The positive effects of Biotin are that it helps maintain healthy hair. It provides protein in the body from rich foods in the diet.
Other main sources of Biotin are liver, kidneys, milk, cheese, butter, poultry, cauliflower, bananas, watermelon, peas, brewer’s yeast, nuts, beans, oat bran, salmon, and mackerel.
Vitamin A not only plays an important role in maintaining the normal function of the epithelial tissue and the perfection of structure, but can also promote the growth of the hair. Food that contains a large number of Vitamin A includes carrot, spinach, asparagus, almond, mango, and so on. Animal liver, fish, shrimp and egg are also rich in Vitamin A. Caution: Excessive intake of Vitamin A can cause hair loss. We don’t have Vitamin A on out Vitamin AA Plus as ingredient.
AND MORE: I am not sure all this hype about SILICA
Its come from studies in the former Soviet Union where its have shown that silica therapy slowed hair loss. I was born in Russia, and I remember – its a popular remedy there. But they have poor diet generally and plenty of this cheap chemicals instead. Yes, its supports formation of connective tissue including cartilage, tendons, bones, nails and skin. Hair is the last on the list. Silica is not expensive, if you take the one its good idea, but to rely on silica as supplement for hair growth alone is big mistake.
From all the above, it can be seen that people who have a poor diet or eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, are at an increased risk of TEMPORARY hair loss due to nutritional deficiencies that weaken their hair shafts and follicles. A healthy and balanced diet and taking supplements will definitely help in improving your hair condition as well as stop it from falling due to any diet related deficiency. (We have Folate in Vitamin AA Plus)
Last tip, if you want to protect your hair, you must also avoid eating spicy and pungent food, such as onion, garlic, leeks, ginger, pepper, chili, cinnamon, and so on. Beside, it is also necessary to keep away from fried food, high-fat food, and high-sugar food.