Millions of men and women the world over suffer from hair loss. While the most common reason for hair loss is genetic (alopecia areata a.k.a. pattern baldness), certain vitamin deficiencies are linked to hair loss. One of the most common factors is a lack of vitamin D. While a change in diet may or may not help any particular patient’s hair growth, a hair transplant in Turkey can represent a permanent solution for nearly everyone.
What Is Vitamin D?
D vitamins are compounds that are responsible for breaking down and absorbing calcium, magnesium, phosphates, and other important nutrients. These nutrients are linked to bone, muscle, and skin health and contribute to a robust immune system. While vitamin D is naturally produced by the body as a reaction to sunlight, Vitamin D receptors in the skin’s lower levels activate in the presence of UVB light and cause the creation of vitamin D to occur. it is common medical advice to take a vitamin D supplement over the winter months as sun exposure is reduced.
Vitamin D Deficiency
A lack of vitamin D can have numerous health implications in patients of all ages such as rickets in children or chronic bone pain in adults. Further symptoms of vitamin D deficiency may include depression – which has itself been linked to hair loss – osteoporosis, joint pain, and even alopecia, the autoimmune disease that causes bald patches to appear across the scalp and/or body in both men and women. Additionally, women between 18 and 45 suffering from alopecia have been found to have lower levels of vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels may be caused by spending too much time indoors, wearing too much sunscreen, or by not eating foods rich in vitamins
How Can I Get More Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body in response to sun exposure. However, many people may find it difficult to get enough sun exposure to generate an adequate supply. Luckily, there are many foods and supplements available that can increase your vitamin D intake.
Fatty fish such as cod, tuna, salmon, herring, and mackerel are amazing sources of vitamin D. One tablespoon (15ml) of cod liver oil contains more than enough vitamin D for a day. Further, fatty fish are a leading source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and B vitamins.
Eggs are an amazing source of many nutrients that are crucial for healthy hair such as vitamin D as well as considerable amounts of protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc, and essential fatty acids, all of which are linked to hair growth.
With regards to nutrient density, liver is one of the richest foods. With very high levels of vitamins D, A, & B as well as iron and folic acid.
Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D is typically not found in plants. Aside from animals, the only other naturally-occurring source of vitamin D can be found in some mushrooms. However, there exist many supplements rich in vitamin D. For people following vegetarian or vegan diets, it is important to supplement your vitamin D intake.
Hair Transplants are the only truly permanent solution to hair loss, providing life-long benefits. Hair transplants are performed by extracting healthy hair follicles from a donor area – most commonly located at the back of the head – that is unaffected by hair loss. These hair follicles are then implanted into the recipient site where hair loss is a problem. Once the area has had a chance to heal, the follicles will again begin to grow natural, healthy hair.
The Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic
Dr Serkan Aygin is an established trailblazer in the field of hair transplantation. He has treated over 15,000 patients and achieved a hair regrowth rate of 98% in his 25-year career. Our clinic specialises in both DHI and Sapphire FUE hair transplants depending on each patients’ needs. In 2019, our clinic was named the Best Medical Tourism Facility by La Razon in their annual list. Contact us today to learn about our all-inclusive hair transplant packages and to schedule your full, free consultation.