Magnesium Stops Hair Loss Fact or Fiction?

Published: 14th October 2009
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The idea that magnesium stops hair loss is one that has been around for a while and seems to be regaining some of its lost momentum in recent years. The theory goes that a deficiency in the minerals magnesium, zinc, or calcium impacts the hairs ability to gain the essential nutrients needed to stay healthy, thus causing hair loss. This same theory places the blame on eating too much sugar which causes the body to become insulin resistant leading to an imbalance in calcium and magnesium levels. Let's look at some facts and see whether or not this theory holds water.

Magnesium is a mineral essential in nutrition and is important for healthy muscles, heart, kidneys, hair, and is part of what makes up teeth and bones. Magnesium also plays an important role in activating certain enzymes, including those in the scalp, essential for a number of body functions. Adequate consumption of magnesium can reduce depression, stress and sleep disorders.

The above theory that magnesium and hair loss are linked places the blame firmly on consuming simple sugars leading to insulin resistance. What this actually means is that the balding process is linked to type II diabetes, which is caused by the inability of cells to accept and process insulin. There is good research to support this premise, not because of calcium magnesium imbalances but because diabetes changes the body in a number of ways which are extremely detrimental to hair.

The first is diabetes tends to reduce circulation to the scalp, the second is diabetes lowers immune system function making the scalp more vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infection, the third is many diabetes drugs inhibit the hair regrowth process, the fourth is that diabetes can set off hormonal imbalances that are terrible for hair regrowth, and finally this disease produces a great deal of emotional stress and anxiety that can accelerate balding and thinning. It is also worth noting that an estimated nine out ten people with type II diabetes are overweight.

So the idea that magnesium stops hair loss is based in the assumption that by elevating magnesium levels you will be able to push more of this mineral into the scalp to nourish the hair and possibly the hair enzymes. While some minimal improvement may be seen it is unlikely that if diabetic scalp circulatory problems exist magnesium supplementation will help to stop or reverse existing hair loss. It is also important to point out that excessive magnesium supplementation is not safe and can lead to serious health problems.

In order for hair regrowth to occur dead follicles must be reinvigorated, scalp circulation must be improved, any contributing balding factors must be eliminated or modified, and the hormone dihydrotestosterone must be blocked (in 8 out of 10 cases). The idea that magnesium stops hair loss is just not backed by any current research and thus must be considered fiction or at best unproven at this time.

What Next? Magnesium and hair loss should not be ignored and proper nutrition including magnesium rich foods such as tofu, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and whole grains are essential to good overall health and hair health. But your best chance to stop or reverse balding comes by opening up impaired follicles and blocking the hair loss hormone DHT. Minoxidil is an excellent choice for reinvigorating scalp follicles and has been shown to produce new hair growth about 40% of time. Currently there are a number of hair regrowth products including minoxidil. These hair regrowth products are specifically designed to address balding and thinning on a number of different levels. Not only do they contain FDA approved ingredients which have been shown to block dihydrotestosterone (DHT) but they also work to stimulate the scalp and bring dead follicles back to life. The important thing is to take action recognizing that it is easier to retain hair than it is to regrow it.

Rob Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of natural health products and natural living with over 10 years

experience in the field of natural health and wellness.

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