Addressing Menopausal Hair Loss

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It is completely natural to lose hair on a daily basis and on average it is thought that we lose between 50 and 100 hairs on a daily basis. However hair loss can be exacerbated as women approach the menopause with as many as forty percent of women being affected by this concern. When a woman starts to lose hair, it is particularly distressing as a woman’s hair is very much associated with her femininity.

What causes hair loss during the menopause?

There are a number of factors that may be attributed to hair loss during the menopause and beyond and I am briefly going to outline these below.

Primarily, the theory of testosterone dominance is the most widely accepted one. A woman naturally produces testosterone which is required for libido and energy as it is normally kept in check by sufficient oestrogen circulating in the bloodstream. As women approach the menopause, and in some cases prior to menopause, levels of oestrogen begin to decline sharply. This results in the dominance of the male hormone testosterone within the bloodstream. This does not mean that they are producing more testosterone, merely that the concentration of this hormone in the bloodstream is higher than normal. Since the body works within very finite levels of hormones, this excessive testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When DHT reaches the scalp, it can cause inflammation of the scalp resulting in damage to the hair follicles which ultimately leads to hair loss. This is the most widely accepted theory of menopausal hair loss and scientists estimate that nearly 95 percent of all cases of hair loss are the result of increased DHT levels in the body.

Genetics can cause hair loss in women and this is normally referred to as female pattern baldness. If you have observed hair thinning in your mother or your father has/had a bald patch then the chances are high that you will develop female pattern baldness.

All glands communicate with each other using hormones as chemical messengers. During menopause, the production of female hormones by the ovaries declines, which has a direct impact on the thyroid. The thyroid gland secretes thyroxine which helps regulate the body’s metabolism. Any major changes in metabolism can bring on abnormalities including hair loss. Hypothyroidism results in the shutdown of hair follicles leading to thinning hair and hair loss.

Certain medications are well known to cause hair loss and these include contraceptive pills, anticoagulants, some antidepressants and some of the medications used to control high blood pressure.

How to prevent menopausal hair loss

Many women are prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to address some of the common menopausal problems such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings. Hormone replacement therapy works to restore oestrogen back to its pre-menopausal levels and is therefore an effective hair loss treatment which in turn reduces testosterone levels and hence DHT allowing hair to grow back. However, there is a lot of controversy about the use of HRT for long periods of time since it is not without side effects.

Menopausal hair loss needs to be addressed from both inside and also by way of using the correct topical treatments. In my opinion, a better option than HRT is by way of a natural supplement that has a multi-modal approach to address this type of hair loss: Superior Hair by Food Science of Vermont. This supplement combines well researched ingredients that work to help reduce testosterone levels naturally, and without side effects, in addition to containing nutrients that “feed” the hair follicles.

Superior Hair contains:

Saw Palmetto Berry Extract – Used in Europe extensively to address urinary, prostate and bladder concerns, this extract is well known to inhibit the conversion of testosterone into DHT and it blocks the uptake of DHT into the cells and follicles. This action is very similar to certain drugs used to address hair loss.

MethylSuphonylMethane (MSM) – This is a form of sulphur found in many foods. Unfortunately due to its volatility, this compound is easily destroyed by conventional cooking methods. MSM is required for the construction of hair proteins.

Proanthocyanidins – Derived from grape seeds, these are potent antioxidant compounds that act as smooth muscle relaxants in blood vessels and capillaries. As potent antioxidants, they help to reduce inflammation that damages the hair follicles. Their smooth muscle relaxing properties encourages the flow of blood to the follicles ensuring that the follicles are supplied with vital oxygen and nutrients.

Plant sterols – Work in tandem with saw palmetto berry to block the formation of DHT which contributes to hair loss.

Follicle nourishing nutrients – These include biotin, zinc and copper to name a few, all of these nutrients help to speed up the hair growth rate.

Superior Hair is without doubt one of the most comprehensive natural supplements containing scientifically researched ingredients that work in synergy to support the repair of damaged hair follicles as well as helping the healthy growth of hair.

Why are topical products important for hair loss?

Whichever supplement you decide to take, it is absolutely imperative that you use the appropriate topical products to address hair loss. This is because many hair care products contain harsh chemicals, which may be damaging to the follicles exacerbating hair loss. Additionally, many of these products also contain resins and silicones that block the follicles starving them of vital oxygen and nutrients, encouraging the shedding of hair. I have no doubt that there are some good hair care products on the market that address hair loss however there is one particular range that stands alone in its field, Ful.Vic.Health.

What is so special about Ful.Vic.Health hair care?

A unique hair care line, Ful.Vic.Health hair care products contain the hero ingredient Fulvic Acid.

Fulvic Acid – Provides nutrients to the scalp and nerves while removing excess toxins. It transports vital keratin to cells and ensures that they work to their full potential. Fulvic acid delivers 65+ minerals including trace minerals which are necessary for the cycles of hair growth whilst helping to provide antioxidant support to the scalp.

Aloe Vera Gel is included in the formulation to calm down the underlying inflammation which disturbs the signals of keratin production.

Silica, B Vitamins and other herbal actives all work in synergy to encourage hair growth, regrowth and to maintain the health of the scalp.

To conclude, the best way of addressing hair loss is by combining oral and topical treatments. Superior Hair is an excellent oral supplement that works from within whilst Ful.Vic.Health hair products are the best topical treatments. I also believe that it is vital to address hair loss immediately in order to slow or even reverse the process and to help protect the existing hair.

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This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Debbie, Bamboo Extract can be taken alongside Ionicell without fear of side effects. Perhaps start as you have planned.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Tanya, every single concern that you have highlighted points to female hormonal imbalance or insufficiency. I would not expect you to take all the essential 6 together with those that you have listed and would recommend using the Fulvic Trio alongside the following supplements:
    Ionicell – to provide ionic minerals and nourish the hair follicles
    Magnesium Oil to relax the body and also to increase energy levels.
    Either Astaxanthin or Curcumin to reduce inflammation within the body and provide antioxidant support
    Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes to break down food efficiently preventing its stagnation in the gut which enhances its elimination and also encourages greater nutrient uptake.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Jan

    Hi Shabir,
    Can you take Superior Hair whilst you are on HRT, will the ingredient Saw Palmetto affect the hormone levels in HRT. I haven’t been able to find out any information. Hope you can help.
    Many thanks
    Jan

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jan, there are a lot of conflicting articles on saw palmetto’s mode of action though primarily its role has always been one to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT which is known to encourage hair loss and thinning. Saw Palmetto berry may interact with hormone medications but this is not set in stone. I know that many women use this alongside HRT without side effects but if in doubt you may wish to consider the use of Bamboo Extract which contains high levels of silica and biotin to strengthen hair and prevent hair loss.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Jan

    Thanks Shamir, I will try that, I am a little nervous about using Saw Palmetto as I am really stable on my HRT. Many thanks for getting back to me on that. Your hair shampoo and conditioner etc, look really impressive I might try those too.
    Regards
    Jan

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jan, the Ful.Vic.Health range is certainly impressive in its content and hopefully you enjoy using the products.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Jan

    Hi Shabir,
    Just one last question please, can you use your range of shampoo and conditions etc. alongside Minoxidil.
    Many thanks
    Jan

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jan, you can absolutely use the Fulvic Acid Shampoo & Conditioner alongside the minoxidil topical product.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Jan

    Brilliant, thank you for all your help.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Jan.

  • Karen

    Hi Shabir I have been taking the ioncell for a month I have hair loss mainly on my scalp and thinning throughout the sides of my head i am post menopausal I’ve just ordered the new fulvic spray but from everything I’m reading was wondering if it’s best to order the superior hair tablets instead of ioncell I also take biotin my head is very inflamed at times I’ve had my thyroid checked and it came back ok but have antibodies not sure about that and I’m waiting for appointment to have hormones checked thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Karen, a large percentage of hair loss is attributable to low female hormonal status so if you suspect this then please introduce Superior Hair into your regimen. You can still take Ionicell capsules to deeply nourish the follicles if you wish. Whatever the causal factor for hair loss, underlying inflammation in the scalp disturbs keratin production and fulvic mist will help to counter this.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Andrea

    Hi Shabir
    I would like to start taking some hair products recommended on this website but don’t know where to start. I am peri-menopausal but also autoimmune ( I have lupus but in remission and take no medication). I have suffered hair loss since the birth of my second child 8 years ago mainly overall thinning and some around the temples and parting. I currently only take extra Vitamin D as my levels were low. Should I try the superior hair supplements, bamboo extract, ionecell or fulvic products?
    Kind regards
    Andrea

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Andrea, if you suspect that the gradual thinning is associated with the decline in female hormone levels, and I think this is very likely to be the case, then please introduce Superior Hair capsules into your regimen. This supplement works to address androgenic dominance which occurs as a result of low female sex hormones and at the same time contains biotin and silica, albeit in small amounts, for their varying roles in nourishing and strengthening the hair.
    You may also wish to consider using Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Conditioner & Mist which work topically to nourish the follicles with minerals and do not clog the scalp follicles.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Zee, Superior Hair ensures healthy metabolism of all the female sex hormones and hence can be taken alongside HRT without fear of side effects.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Aby Duran

    Hi Shabir
    I started menopause at 44. I was already using a mirina coil so was given oestrogen patches. 2 years ago my symptoms returned so had the coil removed and was put on a pill called Angelica. I am noticing hair thinning and very very slow growth. Could I use the superior hair supplement? I also take biotin daily but it makes no difference. Any other advice to help my hair grow would be great. I have very short hair and would like to grow it a little. It’s quite depressing to see my slow growing thinning hair at only 49!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Aby, hormonal imbalances account for large numbers of women suffering from hair loss and thinning hair. Theoretically there is nothing to stop you not using Superior Hair however we do not fully understand the possible interactions of certain herbal extracts with any hormonal medication which is why I would advise that you try IoniCell for Women first. This contains fulvic acid which holds 65+ minerals and trace minerals to deeply nourish the scalp follicles and has been the subject of a small study indicating its efficacy for hair growth.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir