Most studies agree that hair loss has a multifactorial etiology, that is, it can be due to many causes and ranges from genetic and hormonal factors (the basis of androgenetic alopecia ) to elements such as stress, as Dr. Vila-Rovira in this conversation about how stress affects hair loss, emotional factors, unhealthy eating ... all this can lead to a hair fall that treated in time can slow down and in some cases even be reversible.
From these studies on the causes of hair loss, it has been tried to establish a relationship between mineral imbalance and hair loss, since the analysis of minerals in the hair contributes, unlike analytical in urine or serum, An information of the state of the patient in the last months to have a very slow metabolism.
Hair is composed mostly of proteins (90-95%) and the rest are lipids, pigments and mineral elements that will reflect a series of metabolic processes related to the ingestion, elimination and hormonal state of each person.
Of all it is known that through a healthy diet for hair , we obtain vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy hair growth and that alopecia can be accelerated due to the lack of essential nutrients for hair formation ( Mainly zinc, iron, silicon, copper and selenium) and the presence of toxic elements (mainly arsenic, barium, lead, mercury and aluminum).
Is there any analysis to measure the level of mineral imbalance and hair loss?
Yes, at http://hairnhair.org/ we carry out different analyzes to measure hair health. Among them, an analysis to measure the balance or imbalance of minerals in a person and its relation to hair loss. The hair sample is obtained from the occipital area of the patient. It takes 2-3 strands of hair from the nape of the neck as close as possible to the scalp with a length of about 2-3 centimeters that are cut with stainless steel scissors.
The obtained hair, approximately 1 gram, is deposited in a plastic sheath to be sent to the specialized laboratory, completing a card with all the filiation of the patient as well as the particular data of her hair. The hair is inert, stable at room temperature and even at higher temperatures, so no special shipping conditions are required as they do not influence the results.
What kind of information is usually obtained from this analysis?
We often observe that the most frequently altered macrominerals are potassium, iron, silicon, magnesium, calcium, copper, sodium and phosphorus. The most frequently altered trace elements are: manganese, chromium, zinc, boron, molybdenum and selenium. These analyzes allow the detection of a high percentage of patients with mineral imbalances in the hair. This opens up the possibility of relating it to deficient states due to malnutrition, diets of slimming, anorexia, malnutrition states, intestinal malabsorption, gastrointestinal disorders, poor bio availability and excessive elimination, as well as age-related deficiencies, pharmacological treatments and various pathologist.
Considering the high percentage of patients that present alterations in macrominerals and oligoelements analyzes, we recommend to act in 2 levels:
1) We propose to patients who wish to act in a preventive way against the hair loss that try to correct these deficits by enhancing the intake of foods rich in minerals through natural sources thanks to a healthy diet for our hair,
2) In cases in which the fall was evident the administration of nutritional supplements that include them, especially potentiating iron, zinc and silicon that, according to the analyzes are the most frequent deficits of the minerals more related to the hair. Obviously, this can be complemented with the contribution of vitamins and essential amino acids.
In short, thanks to this analysis to measure the imbalance of minerals and hair loss, we can ensure with all the results we have seen during our years of experience in our hair clinic that: