Fact or Fiction: Adding Fats to Your Diet Can Combat Hair Loss
Once deemed the enemy of a healthy diet, saturated fats are now considered by many nutritionists and dieticians as not only a beneficial part of a healthy diet but an essential one. Nowhere is this more evident than the rise in popularity of the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. Fat is beneficial for treating and preventing hair loss. Recent research has shown that a diet that’s lacking in Omega 3 fats found in fatty fish, nuts, and olive oil can cause hair to grow stiff and fall out.
The most common form of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness which results in a receding hairline at the temples and front of the head along with thinning near the crown. Male pattern baldness affects a third of all men by age 30 and a half by age 50. This occurs because of the male hormone DHT which, apart from being five times stronger than testosterone, causes hair follicles to shrink so small that hairs cannot grow out of them. And while there are prescription medications available to inhibit the production of DHT in the diet, it can also be treated by introducing more saturated fats into your diet. And the best part? There are no unwanted side effects that may occur by taking prescription medication.
When there’s an increase in the 5-alpha-reductase (5-AR) enzyme in the body, it converts testosterone into DHT. And as mentioned earlier, an increase in DHT means an increase in hair loss. However, research has shown that men who eat more saturated fats like coconut oil, butter, fish oil, and nuts have a lower chance of experiencing hair loss. Saturated fats are also beneficial to an overall healthy body and lifestyle by containing natural beneficial cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease.
So before thinking about hair loss medication or other treatments, examine your diet and make sure you’re eating enough healthy fats like flaxseed oil, olive oil, eggs, liver, and butter. If you have a diet rich in healthy fats and are still experiencing hair loss, the scalp micropigmentation professionals at Hairline Ink can help. To schedule a consultation and learn more about the services we offer, contact us today by calling (585) 250-0835.