Vitamins D

Is there a link between Vitamin D and female hair loss?

30% of women suffer from hair loss often referred to as Telogen effluvium (TE) and female pattern hair loss (FPHL) This can have devastating psychological consequences. Most frequent treatment options to stop progression and stimulate hair regrowth include several medications, but more recently, scientists are asking if Vitamin D might play an important role in stopping this occurance.  (Read more about what the Vitamin D Council has to say)

Important to hair loss, vitamin D helps reduce stress and depression. Stress has been related to hair loss, and if you have lots of stress, reducing this is a good thing.

Vitamin D deficiency and hair loss

A lack of vitamin D has been connected to hair loss in men and women. Vitamin D is found in healthy hair follicles, and is generally lacking in unhealthy follicles.

What does vitamin D do? Vitamin D can do many things within the body. But, important to hair loss, vitamin D helps reduce stress and depression. Stress has been related to hair loss, it is always a good thing to identify ways to reduce stress in life.

But beyond helping to reduce stress, vitamin D is a precursor to the hair growth cycle. In the liver, vitamin D is converted to calcidiol. This then gets converted by the kidneys to calcitriol, which is the form of vitamin D that is biologically active in the body. This in the body regulates cellular apoptosis (a cycle of cells that are programmed to die, such as in the formation of hair inside the follicle), which helps to regulate the cycle of the hair follicle.

The cycle of a hair follicle is as follows: 

  1. anagen (growing) to
  2. catagen (receding) to
  3. telogen (resting) phase.

This repeating cycle then starts back again and repeats itself throughout a lifetime. There are vitamin D receptors in hair follicles and this key nutrient plays an important role during the stages of the growth cycle. The vitamin D receptors in the hair follicle need to be fed, particularly in the growing phase. This is why vitamin D deficiency and hair loss are associated.

Studies have shown that inhibiting the vitamin D receptors in the follicle can actually cause alopecia (hair loss). If you were to deprive your body totally of vitamin D, you would not have one of the necessary building blocks essential to hair growth and life.

It is important to note that while a vitamin D deficiency can cause hair loss, the opposite is not necessarily true. An abundance of vitamin D is not going to cause hair growth by itself. Once a hair follicle is totally dead, it no longer goes through the cycle above. The hair follicle has to still be active for either vitamin D or even the laser to do anything to help. This is another reason it is important to stop hair loss early.

Foods high in vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of the very few vitamins that can be synthesized by your body. This means you can make your own, by exposure to sunshine. Vitamin D is produced in your body naturally when you are in the sun.

However, 60% of Americans are currently being diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. This is due to many people remaining indoors or intentionally acting to decrease their sun exposure due to the other risks involved.

There are food that are high in vitamin D, mushrooms are one of those foods.

Remember that vitamin D won't cause hair to grow by itself, but can be a contributing factor if you have thinning hair. So it's good to be sure you have enough of this in your diet. GROH suppliments offer this natural form of Vitamin D in the GROH Daily Replenishing Suppliments, just 2 tablets delivers a natural, safe dose of 1,000 IUs.





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