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Iron and Your Hair

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

If you have noticed that you are losing more hair than you should, iron could be a factor to consider.  Many medical professionals believe that there is a relationship between low iron and thinning hair.  Some believe iron supplements can reduce or reverse the problem.  While we are sharing information on iron, before you start taking iron supplements, it is best to consult with your physician to get a proper blood test.

If blood test results do show that you are low in iron, what could have caused the imbalance?  Several reasons you could be low in iron include:

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Taking aspirin or NSAIDs over a long period of time

  • Deficiency in vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed to absorb iron
  • Some medications stop your ability to absorb iron properly
  • Excessive exercise or dieting can deplete iron faster than you can replenish your iron levels
  • Caffeine blocks iron absorption.
  • You may not be getting enough iron in your diet
  • Menstruation and childbirth are causes of heavy blood loss, and loss of iron

What are some symptoms of Iron Deficiency to look for?

Dry or brittle hair

  • Loss of hair density
  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling cold
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restless legs
  • Depression

Once your iron levels get back to normal, it can take up to a year to fully re-grow your hair.  The good news is that you should notice the shedding slow down after your iron levels return to normal.

This information is brought to you by the professionals at Hair Restoration Specialists.  To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-806-2203 today!

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