Low Iron Hair Loss Studies
Case study 1 ) In the year 2003 a study was done with women who had suffered greatly from many different forms of hair loss, such as from androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and telogen effluvium who were compared to another group of women who did not suffer from hair loss at all.
Results showed that the women who suffered with alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia had much lower iron levels than those who did not have hair loss at all.
The iron levels of the women who had alopecia totalis and telogen effluvium did not have lower iron levels than those who didn't suffer from hair loss,
Case study 2 ) In the year 2007 5,110 women ages 35 to 60 participated in a study filled out a questionnaire answering questions regarding their hair loss as well as had their own iron levels tested.
The results came back that 59% of those 5,110 women did indeed have low iron levels.
What Is Iron And How Is It Used In The Body?
We absorb iron in the food we eat.
Iron is a mineral that is needed for many important factors but it's most primary function is to make red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout our bodies.
If you feel weak and tired that may be a sign that your iron levels are too low and your body is not getting enough oxygen through the body.
Of course if you have reason to be a little tired take that into account as well and not take that as low iron deficiency.
It's best to get tested from a doctor.
Low Iron Decency Reasons
Here are a list of reasons why a person may be low in iron:
- medications or even over the counter aspirin can stop your absorption of proper iron intake
- drinking too much caffeine can stop iron absorption intake
- extreme dieting can cause your body to not eat enough iron in daily food meals
- you may be deficient in vitamin C which is needed to properly absorb iron
- you simply may not be eating enough iron rich foods in your daily diet
Low Iron Symptoms
- pale light skin more than normal
- feeling cold / chilly
- very fatigue
- feeling irritable
- restless legs syndrome
- hair loss thinning
- dry hair
- brittle hair
- weak hair
If any of these symptoms cause you to wonder if your iron intake is too low you can have your doctor test you to find out if your levels are indeed too low or not with a blood test.
Once they find out if you are in fact low in iron they might prescribe an iron supplement for you to take in order to regulate your iron levels back to normal again. Best part is they can see how exact your iron levels are to give you an exact supplement amount that is personalized to your specific needs for a healthier you!
Too Much Iron Symptoms
- missed periods
- overly tired and fatigue
- joint pain
- liver issues
- hair loss
The body can't get rid of iron from the body easily. Iron can build up if you take too much and cause problems such as liver and heart disease.
- remember that only a professional doctor can diagnose you properly with testing, high or low.
Naturally Good Food Sources Of Iron
If your doctor does not feel you need to take iron supplements and suggests for you to simply just eat a few iron rich foods in your diet naturally, here are some suggestions your doctor might give you....
Foods rich in iron:
- black strap molasses
- dark chocolate
Other Tips to Increase Your Iron Levels To Avoid Low Iron Hair Loss
- Remember that vitamin C helps to absorb your iron intake. So try to take a vitamin C supplement with your meals.
- Using cast iron skillets for cooking! They are very helpful for iron intake. I personally use them to cook and re-heat foods daily.
Correct Iron Level Hair Growth Results
When your iron levels go back to normal you can expect your hair to take up to a year to get back to normal again.
This may take longer than a hair transplant but this is a natural way to get your hair back to normal and that takes time.
- Remember to only take iron supplements if your doctor recommends them and prescribes them to you because an iron overload can do more harm than good.
My Low Iron Short Story
I recently had a yearly checkup at the Dr.'s office and when they checked my blood everything is fine except the Dr. said I needed to eat more Iron rich foods.
So I know how you feel if your Iron is low as well. I eat healthy such as baked skinless chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli, oatmeal and tuna.
But along with all those foods, I also added chopped raw onions in my meals where it made sense and I noticed a huge difference.
Onions help you absorb Iron. I also noticed that low iron levels can cause sleep issues and I couldn't believe how well I was sleeping while adding onions to my foods, wow such a difference!
I also added original Malt-O-Meal to my breakfast routine, to change it up once in a while from my usual oatmeal.
You see, Malt-O-Meal is high in Iron and with the iron levels back up in your body, your body will start to regulate itself again (if that is what the issue is).
Here is the Malt-O-Meal I buy:
Original is the Healthiest and Best because you can add your own toppings!
For on-the-go Malt-O-Meal try their recipe on the side of the box! Mmmm good!
So like I said make sure you get your blood work done to see which vitamins or minerals you need to replenish in order to see hair growth.
You should start to see hair growth after 6 months to a year from replenishing the vitamins needed after your blood work is completed.
UPDATE!!!! Make sure you eat enough fiber because Malt-O-Meal does not have enough fiber.
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup Malt-O-Meal® Original Hot Wheat cereal dry
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients
- Stir together until ingredients are just moistened.
- Spoon into a greased or paper-lined 12-cup muffin pan, filling cups ¾ full.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Add and incorporate one 8.5-ounce can cream style corn to Magic Muffins recipe for Magic Corn Bread mix.
- Pour muffin mixture into a greased 13x9-inch pan and bake for 19 to 20 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- For Banana Magic Muffins add ¾ cup mashed bananas to basic ingredients and follow the basic muffin baking instructions.