By Margaret Belton - February 12, 2019
Baldness, inflammation and Fish intake
By Margo Belton
Baldness in both sexes is rarely discussed with the generalist doctor. Those who are fortunate to have a specialist doctor may get quality time when discussing baldness. But the Internet has become the go-to source for addressing baldness. Are you getting the right answers? Or is your wallet going to be held hostage until your hair finally comes back?
This is what you are missing from both the hair pill websites/infomercials and your dermatologist.
You need to augment your menu, your food intake with anti-inflammatory foods- because baldness is an inflammatory condition.
No kidding. Additionally, inflammation can be caused by hormonal changes as we age. So the big question is can you slow down inflammation and speed up hair regeneration? Yes and No.Baldness and Inflammation Part 1
A better way to answer the question and solve the problem is to realize that as you throw $$$ at the aggressive solutions to baldness i.e. hair implants and direct stimulation of follicles, very rarely does the doctor recommend that you eat healthier. To reduce systemic inflammation, why not make dietary improvements? Get more bang for your buck.
Baldness and Inflammation part 2
On the other hand, if you are utilizing the pill route or the pill and hair lotion route, you may be sabotaging your results with a poor quality food intake. Pills work well when the intake of foods support absorption. Pills do not work as well when repair is needed at the gut level. Eventually what you eat gets into your hair, and hair is living tissue. But why slow the effort down with junk food? Feeding the body during illness is essential, feeding the body through diseases that cause baldness should also be essential. In most baldness disease it is the follicles that hold the hair that is dying. The follicles shrink; it is similar to having the earth around a plant slowly go to a desert.Is your problem here?
If your head is the desert, how many ways can the hair die? Here is an incomplete list of hair loss/hair thinning conditions:
Mycotic infections related to hair loss
Iron deficiency anemia related hair loss
Chemotherapy-related baldness hair loss
Lupus erythematosus related hair loss
Hypothyroidism related hair loss
Hyperthyroidism related hair loss
Lichen planis related hair loss
Folliculitis decalvans related hair loss
Centrifugal cicatricial hair loss
All of these conditions will trigger an immune response. When the immune response is triggered inflammation is a byproduct. It is war. As you suffer through the hair loss cycle it takes time to reach the growth phase, which has been affected by inflammation.
What is optimal hair growth anyway?
Optimal hair growth is a cycle that happens regardless of the season.
This is how hair grows.
anagen, the long-growth phase
catagen, a shorter phase during which the follicles grow slower
telogen, a resting phase
exogen, the hair loss stage signaling the start of a new cycle.
How long does it take?
You may be noticing that your scalp aka skin is taking its time responding to whatever treatment- pills, stimulation cap, implants. It has been suggested that stress affects this cycle which is why a lot of over the counter hair restoration pills contain biotin and all the B vitamins. This is a partial remedy. B vitamins do address stress in the body. However, the average person tossing down vitamins missed this important concept of college science classes. B vitamins are Co-Factors in the factor called the human body. The B vitamins need a template to work with which is why they are Co-factors and not the Main factors. In fact, if there are too many co-factors and not enough templates, nothing happens.
A picture is 1000 words:
Here is what happens genetically /hormonally/ chemically
LOCK AND KEY MODEL OF ENZYME/SUBSTRATE
how vitamins and food work chemically see this link (1)
COFACTOR in yellow
Figure 1 link: Thomas Shafee Thomas Shafee
How to support positive changes
If the lock does not find the key, nothing happens. No changes. No growth. No blocking inflammation.
Start supporting the skin, and the skin on your head with oil- not the kind you rub in, but the kind you ingest. The jury is out on most topical hair enhancement oils like bergamot, sulfur-containing products, hibiscus, coconut, argan oil, even peppermint …the marketing of all these different topical substances tend to be trendy. Do these topically applied oils work as advertised?
Topically applied oils work well by locking in moisture, protecting the scalp. As for stimulating follicles to stay open- no so much. Why? What if there is no moisture to lock in? The oil coats the hair shaft until the oil dries up, or is absorbed by a hat. It makes sense that if you want the oil to be effective, it needs to be supplied from internal sources, just like hair vitamins.
Go eat some Salmon or sardines. The oils from these highly active fish circulate in the bloodstream, chemically acting as switches at inflammation sites. They are the other factor coordinating with the B vitamins and all the other vitamins/minerals B vitamins you may take. (3) Hair vitamins with the B vitamin complex B1, B2 etc) then act enzymatically with the omega 3 6 9 oils on a template called a substrate. (2) Do you want faster results?
Make sure your problem is not systemic inflammation. This means a modified food intake, less red meat, wild caught fish, olive oil drizzled onto foods (not fried in the olive oil, etc.)
You can consult the chefs at seafood4unow.com / (720) 331-4525 for suggestions.
If your hair follicles are the main inflammation site, your food intake will affect this area. If your balding is also addressed internally, your whole body, including your hair, will benefit.(3) The research shows that Omega 3,6 and 9 oils in your bloodstream from a consistent wild caught fish diet will make a difference in the hair cycle.
Links retrieved 2/11/2019
(1) Thomas Shafee – illustrator https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme#/media/File:Hexokinase_induced_fit.svg
(3) a plain language section for non-scientists October 6, 2018, Dermatological Therapy
The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review (20 pages including at the end
100 other references for more research on hair loss studies)
Recipes of the week
Garlic butter baked salmon
Four 6 oz skinless salmon fillets
2 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1. The oven to 400°
2. Arrange salmon in the center of cooking sheet rub salmon evenly with 1/2 tbsp of minced garlic 2 tablespoons of parsley.
3. Combine 1/4 cup of lemon juice 1/4 cup of melted butter together pour mixture over salmon. Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes depending on the thickness of salmon fillets.
5. Combine remaining butter garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl used as a dipping sauce. Serve salmon with veggies and a slice of lemon.
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