Updated: Oct 15, 2020
Hair loss is one of the most frustrating symptoms many people with thyroid and autoimmune conditions suffer from.
What Causes Hair Loss?
It's most commonly caused by nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, autoimmunity, and stress. In this article, we will focus on nutritional deficiencies.
Which nutrients and vitamins are the most important to fix hair loss and regain thick, shiny, and beautiful hair?
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism almost always appear with inflammation in the body. This inflammation depletes your biotin stores. Biotin is an essential vitamin for healthier, thicker, and shinier hair. Deficiency in biotin is causing hair loss. Supplementing with Biotin at a dose of 5000 mcg per day can help with hair loss.
2. Type 1 & 3 Collagen
Collagen supplements have been shown to increase the body's hair and skin building proteins, which can result in longer, thicker hair and younger skin. It may also help you to reverse gray hair. What is the best form of collagen? Bovine type 1 & 3 collagen! How much do you have to supplement a day? A dose of 250-500 mg, in combination with other essential nutrients, will work very well!
Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency. Studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency. In addition, zinc is essential for proper thyroid function. The recommended dose of zinc a day is 20-30 mg.
TIP: Small amounts of copper should be taken together with zinc to optimize the ratio of ZINC to COPPER and prevent zinc toxicity. 1-2 mg of copper, for every 15-20 mg of zinc will do the job.
Selenium is a trace mineral that plays numerous significant roles in your body, including helping with hair growth. Selenium is essential for the production of the thyroid hormones that help to regulate hair growth. Selenium is among our top 5 most important supplements for thyroid health!
TIP: Do not take too much selenium as it can actually cause hair loss. Try to stick to 140-200 mg a day! *More selenium may be used and needed in some cases, but make sure to consult a doctor before.
Silica will prevent hair thinning, restore vitality to your hair, and may help you with hair loss without the need of hormone-mimicking herbs. This property is especially suitable for those with excess estrogen. A small dose of 12-30 mg a day should give you the most benefits!
6. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
Many women take MSM for hair growth because it contains sulfur, which is one of the primary building blocks for your hair. MSM can increase the rate of hair growth since it elongates the anagen (growth phase) of the hair growth cycle. The optimal dose a day is 250-1000 mg.
L-Methionine will boost the protein building blocks that your body needs to make keratin and collagen. This will supports the growth of hair, nails, and skin. A dose of at least 100 mg a day will be very helpful!
8. Hydrolyzed Keratin
Hydrolyzed keratin can replenish the hair and skin with moisture while also improving the skin's elasticity. The moisturizing properties of hydrolyzed keratin are favorable for those with dry, limp, and brittle hair. Use at least 50 mg a day.
9. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid will prevent a dry scalp and hair from thinning and eventually falling out. 5-50 mg can be used daily to support healthy hair.
10. Grape seed extract
The grape seed extract is a very potent supplement that acts as an antiallergenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. It has also been found to inhibit DHT (dihydrotestosterone) production, and thus prevents hair follicle damage.
An extensive hair study by Japanese researchers showed that proanthocyanidins extracted from grape seeds not only stopped hair loss but also increased the growth of hair cells by over 200%. The grape seed extract is a must ingredient, which will help your hair recover!
11. Fo-Ti Root Powder (Polygonum multiflorum)
Fo-Ti Root Powder (Polygonum multiflorum) is a popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It has used for hundreds of years to combat diabetes and stimulate hair growth. Small doses, like 50-75 mg daily, can be very helpful for hair growth.
12. Amla Fruit Extract
It's a natural fruit, frequently used in Ayurveda (the world's oldest holistic medicine). It is used in India as a nutritive tonic and blood purifier. It replenishes hair and induces hair growth. Amla has a very high content of vitamin C. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and can help balance out free radicals to avoid hair loss, hair damage, and premature aging and graying of your hair. Recommended dose 50-10 mg.
13. Alpha-lipoic acid
Alpha-lipoic acid's anti-inflammatory properties may help slow thinning hair and reduce chronic inflammation of chronic follicles, which contributes to hair loss. Suggested dose: 50-200 mg.
14. Essential vitamins: C, E & B6
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Also, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen, an important part of the hair structure. Recommended dose: 400 mg a day.
Vitamin E's antioxidant properties are known to reduce what is known as oxidative stress and therefore protect from free radicals, which often cause hair damage and hair loss. Recommended dose: 40 - 150 mg a day.
B6 vitamin helps to create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles which are important for hair growth. Recommended dose: minimum 4 mg a day.
15. Gotu kola
Gotu kola is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs. It's used to strengthen hair and promote hair growth. It's also known to contain several antioxidants, which stimulate hair growth, possibly by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. The preferred dose varies from 100-300 mg.