What we put in our bodies affects our whole body. A healthy diet where you’re taking in the necessary vitamins and nutrients has a positive effect on your overall well-being – a higher probability of healthy skin, nails, and yes, healthy hair. Malnutrition has the opposite effect.
Not all nutrients are equal though. Today we’ll be looking at protein, and how it ties into hair health. Is protein an important nutrient for your hair health?
What Are the Signs Of Protein Deficiency?
Before we get too into protein and hair health specifically, let’s go over the overall signs of protein deficiency. Loss of muscle mass is common; particularly as you get older. Skin becomes dry, flakey, and cracking can occur as well as brittle nails prone to breaking. And yes, protein deficiency can cause hair thinning in addition to having other adverse effects on your hair.
Is Protein Good for Hair Loss?
Protein is a vital nutrient in the promotion of healthy hair. Your hair follicles are primarily composed of protein. There are many sources of protein from meat and eggs to lentils, beans, and nuts that help your body get this important nutrient. Other nutrients you ingest can help your body create other proteins as well.
A natural protein your body creates is collagen. Vitamin C helps your body to produce collagen which in turn helps to provide your body with amino acids – which can be used to promote hair growth.
Collagen can also be used by your body to fight back against free radicals that can harm your hair (and the rest of your body) through stress, pollutants, and more. It’s also possible that healthy amounts of collagen in your system could delay hair graying as it fights against color fading.
Can Eating Too Much Protein Cause Hair Loss?
Certain diet fads and other factors could result in your body taking in excessive amounts of protein. There is always too much of a good thing and protein is no exception.
While there aren’t too many studies affirming at what point protein can cause damage to your hair, there is a logic to it. If you’re taking in excessive amounts of protein, you’re likely to be lacking in other nutrients as a result.
Your body requires many vitamins and minerals such as zinc, biotin, iron, and fatty acids to have healthy hair. If you are running a deficiency in any of those, you run the risk of damaging your hair and accelerating hair thinning, damage, and loss. Protein is important, but so are the other nutrients your body needs.
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