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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Emi,

I believe that there is a good reason for your hair loss. I've actually answered this before, one of them being on this Vitamin D and Hair page.

While vitamin d has NOT been implicated in hair loss- yet- getting your vitamin d level up and taking a good calcium supplement certainly won't hurt.

The MAIN culprit seems to be FERRITIN levels, which are sort of "pre iron" levels, so YES, your iron levels COULD be contributing to your hair loss- along with the amino acid L lysine.

This Study (a patent actually), recommends L-lysine of 500 mg 3 times per day. But please talk to your doctor about the iron because iron is an 'oxidant' which means it contributes to increased aging, so you really should be monitored for iron and ferritin levels if you are taking iron.

While these are not 'proven' strategies for hair loss, there is some evidence of both of them, and they have a low risk if you are actually deficient in iron and are followed by your doctor. You might also consider that you may be Gluten Intolerant and may not be absorbing nutrients as well as you should.

Simply having unexplained anemia is a recommended reason for doctors to check for Celiac Disease- the 'full blown' disease of Gluten Sensitivity that is recognized as a medical problem (gluten sensitivity is NOT). But when you read the Diagnosing Gluten Allergy page, you'll see the problems of getting tested and simply giving a gluten free diet a try (you'll need to give it probably 6 months to see if it has an effect on your hair) and see if it helps.

Oh, and an EXCELLENT addition to your diet that contains lots of collagen, silica and other good stuff for hair and nails is Bone Broth. Don't get freaked out by the name, it's simply 'broth' or 'bouillon' that your grandmother would have used to make soup.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

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by: Anonymous

I have the same problem I'm 44, hair loss since 39. I lose hair seasonally and believe that my low Vitamin D is the culprit. This is the first year that I am taking it (my level hovers around 6) with an amount of 2000 per day. I'm also exposing my scalp and skin to the sun (when it is out) 15 minutes per day. My shed has slowed and I have lots of new hair growth. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have spent thousands on blood tests and everything is normal for me too. I don't have DHT problems and my hair loss is all over but most noticeably around my temples and hairline.

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