When done correctly, vegan and vegetarian diets can be extremely beneficial to long-term health. Energizing. anti-inflammatory, and low in fat, plant-based diets have turned the lifestyles of countless unhealthy people completely around. But there are many dangers to improperly following a vegan or vegetarian diet, one of which could be losing hair. The keys to a healthy hair diet are protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, Iron, and Zinc. Protein is the most important, as it comprises 97% of hair’s makeup.
Omega 3 fatty acids can comprise up to 3% of hair structure, and iron helps keep hair follicles growing smoothly. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and eyelash loss.
So why are vegetarians and vegans are greater risk for not having these hair building blocks? The reality is that meat and fish are almost always the greatest source for hair-friendly calories. Red meat is packed with protein and iron, Seafood and grass-fed cow butter are two of the top Omega 3 sources, and oysters contain highest concentration of zinc. For people looking avoid eating animals, all of these meals are off limits. Fortunately, there are hair-loss solutions for vegetarians and vegans. At New England Center for Hair Restoration, we have a number of hair-restoration procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. We encourage all non-meat eaters to call us and schedule a free consultation with us at 855-5-NEHAIR.
We will diagnose the heart of your hair issues and map out a plan to restore your own, natural hair. Additionally, we can guide your vegan or vegetarian diet to include the proper hair-building proteins, fats, and vitamins to ensure full and proper hair growth.