Hair loss is a stressful issue to deal with. And unfortunately, it’s often a common side effect of aging. According to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), “Male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By the age of thirty-five two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.” And hair loss isn’t a strictly male disease. The AHLA notes that “Women actually make up forty percent of American hair loss sufferers.”
This statistics may sound bleak, but the numbers don’t necessarily mean that everyone is fated to be bald or live with thinning hair. There’s no cure, but ongoing research and advancements offer a variety of treatments and medications to treat hair loss. Most are painful and aggressive (hair restoration surgery, transplants or laser treatments) or have medication-related side effects that may be rare but serious. But natural alternatives are also available. To understand how to treat hair loss naturally, it’s important to know why hair loss is so common in the first place.
The Most Common Causes of Hair Loss
There are many reasons men and women experience hair loss. For women, a change in hormone levels, usually after pregnancy or at the onset of menopause is the most common culprit behind thinning hair. Men commonly see hair loss similar to their father’s because they are genetically destined to follow the same balding path. There are serious medical issues that can affect hair growth, as well as controllable and reversible conditions that can trigger thinning:
- High Cholesterol. A physician study published in the Internal Medicine Archives found baldness was more strongly associated with high cholesterol levels.
- High Blood Pressure. A French study of 250 patients found that high blood pressure “was strongly associated” with hair loss.
- Stress. According to Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic, stress can be related to hair loss. Dr. Hall-Flavin adds: “Stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you get your stress under control, your hair might grow back.”
If you’re worried about thinning hair, there’s hope. First off, baldness doesn’t usually happen overnight. The process of hair thinning to baldness normally takes 15 to 25 years. So if you’re thinning, it’s not too late to make lifestyle changes that promote good health and reverse hair loss naturally. And a recent study offers some promising solutions to slow down hair loss and even grow your hair back—by simply eating certain fruits.
Fruit & The Science Behind Why They Can Help Your Hair Grow Back
Baldness often happens because hair follicles go dormant before the regrowth phase. A cure for baldness hasn’t been found because science hasn’t figured out how to trigger this follicle growing phase—or at least stop the follicle from shutting down in the first place.
Researchers at Columbia University have found that an enzyme called Janus kinase (JAK) is “suspended in a resting phase” in the hair follicle, stopping growth. They have discovered that blocking the resting Janus kinase enzymes can wake up the hair follicle to grow hair “rapidly and robustly” once more.
So where do these helpful JAK enzyme blockers come from? Berries and other fruit. The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Researching tested many food extracts and found that certain fruits are the most potent group of JAK blockers. The top fruits in the research all contain high levels of ellagic acid, the known inhibitor of kinases. Here are the top fruits that can potentially block the enzyme, wake your hair follicles up and keep other follicles from falling asleep on the job:
6 Top Fruits For Hair Growth
Small but packed with nutrients, the delicious blackberry is the most powerful fruit on this top six fruit list for hair growth. Mercola states that blackberries are loaded with:
- Vitamin C (a 100-gram serving has 35 percent of the recommended daily allowance)
- Fiber (the same 100-gram serving has 14 percent of your recommended daily allowance)
- Vitamins A, E, K
- Vitamin B
- Minerals (copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, niacin, and folic acid)
Besides blackberry’s many vitamins, minerals and ellagic acid (responsible for hair follicle enzyme blocking) the blackberry contains phytonutrients which also help fight aging, cancer, and neurological diseases. Add a handful of blackberries to your breakfast cereal or eat them alone as a snack.
A cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, the boysenberry not only contains high levels of ellagic acid for hair growth but boysenberries are also fat and cholesterol free with high levels of folate, manganese, and Vitamin K.
This exotic, South American fruit is also known as Pineapple Guava. It’s high in Vitamin C and Potassium, as well as saponins, a compound thought to lower cholesterol and have anticancer properties. Feijoa can be prepared as a syrup or jam to add to your daily diet.
Whether you choose to eat the seeds or drink a quality pressed juice, pomegranate offers more than hair restoration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks pomegranate juice as the fifth strongest antioxidant, with chocolate being number one.
These small berries are the fruit of the rose plant and are high in Vitamin C Manganese and Calcium. Rosehip is most commonly found available in tea blends or jams. Pure rosehip oil is known as a powerful anti-aging ingredient for natural skin care. A high-quality rosehip oil can be massaged into the scalp. It’s important to test your skin’s reaction to the oil first by applying it to a small area of the skin.
As with its berry counterparts, strawberries are high in vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and manganese. Strawberries are versatile and can be used in smoothies, freeze-dried to sprinkle on foods or tea, or made into jams.
Add these six powerful fruits to your daily food intake. They’re versatile enough to drink as juices or smoothies and delicious as a simple snack. Also, rosehip essential oil is an excellent way to deliver the JAK-inhibiting ellagic acid straight to your hair follicles via the scalp (with a carrier oil). These six fruits for hair regrowth are not only a powerful weapon against hair loss but their antioxidant muscle will also boost your body’s disease-fighting powers.
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