Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A recent study of 13,000 healthy subjects found that lack of iron may lead to hair loss in women. Researchers found that 48% of non-menopausal women suffered from iron deficiency, and women with severe hair loss had much lower iron levels than those who did not suffer from hair loss. Iron deficiency can also lead to fatigue, lethargy, and behavior and cognitive problems. Researchers reluctantly concluded that hair loss in men is predominantly genetic and there is no relation to iron and hair loss in men. Iron supplements are not recommended for men as iron overload in men has been linked to increased risk of chronic disease. Hormonal imbalance and other mineral deficiencies may also cause temporary but reversible hair loss. Watkins Female Formula provides iron and other vitamins, minerals and isoflavones for female health and hormonal balance, and Watkins iron-free Male Formula with vitamin E, lycopene and saw palmetto promote male health and performance. Watkins Skin, Hair & Nails (SHN Formula in Canada) may promote hair growth in those who are vitamin and mineral deficient.

Brenda Koth, MS, RD


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