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Can Magnesium Treat Hair Loss?
by April Maguire
Premature hair loss is one of the most common problems in the world. By some estimates, more than 60% of men will see a noticeable amount of hair loss by the age of 60, and even though it isn't as widely discussed, more than 50% of women also suffer hair loss. Unfortunately, despite the widespread nature of the problem, there is still a lot that we don't know about hair loss.
For starters, a number of different factors can contribute to hair loss, from genetics to lifestyle choices. The most common cause of hair loss is a condition known as androgenic alopecia – often referred to simply as male-pattern baldness – that can lead to both men and women losing their hair, but there are other contributors that can play key roles. Increasingly, some researchers are starting to point to a single vitamin that could heavily influence the sustained health of your hair: magnesium.
Creating a Hair-Friendly Diet
Although you probably don't stop to think about it, only a finite number of vitamins and minerals go into making your hair healthy and strong. One of the most important building blocks for hair is magnesium, so it makes sense that a deficiency could lead to a noticeable amount of thinning or loss. Sadly, according to some estimates nearly 70% of adults in the United States don't get enough magnesium in their diets, which could help to explain the hair loss epidemic.
Fortunately, increasing the amount of magnesium in your system is easy. When planning out your meals for the week, make sure that you have plenty of magnesium-infused foods, such as halibut, rice and black beans. Also, it's a good idea to have snacks on hand that also pack a magnesium punch, so stock up on Brazil nuts and dark chocolate. And if you can't get enough magnesium through diet alone, you can also increase your daily intake through vitamin supplements.
More Than Just Hair Loss
Perhaps not surprisingly, a magnesium deficiency can affect more than just your hair. Doctors report that patients who don't have enough magnesium in their systems also suffer from a number of different cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological issues. So in addition to helping to cure your thinning hair and brittle nails, increasing your magnesium intake can also allow you to sleep better at night and give you more energy throughout the day.
If you think you might not be getting enough magnesium, be sure to consult with your doctor and create a plan of action. Getting your body's magnesium level balanced can lead to healthier hair and an overall healthier life.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!