5 Quick-Facts to restore receding Hairline!


Let’s face it — not everyone can go bald and still stay beautiful like David Beckham or John Travolta. Even celebrities resort to wigs and ‘hair-jobs’ when the crop on their head fails. And while in majority of cases it’s a phase, a lot of them lead to total, partial or irreversible baldness. So if you dread trips to the barber shop and cringe every time you pass a mirror, there’s a pretty good chance you’re concerned about hair loss too.

Alopecia is what the medic calls this dreaded condition. That it is rather a worrisome syndrome is apparent with the amount of research money it eats up; man’s most alarming condition isn’t heart disease or cancer –  it’s baldness. Having said that, a certain amount of hair loss is normal. The average person sheds 50 to 100 strands every day as part of the body’s own repair work, but most of this hair grows back on its own.

Causes of hair fall could range from stress and depression to certain medical conditions, poor bowel health and medication. Till now, there has been no definitive cure for severe hair fall. But scientists unwilling to surrender have taken a step forward in the fight. A recent study at Stanford University, California identifies a molecule called Laminins-511 that tells hair follicles to start the growing cycle. The protein acts like a messenger travelling beneath the inner layer of the skin to jumpstart the hair-growing process. The study authors are exploring options for manufacturing large enough quantities of Laminins-511 for human clinical trials and petitioning the FDA for approval now. They anticipate the process will take at least two years.

So until there is a drug that raids the marketplace, you’ll have to stick to the old wives’ cure. But the good news is, a healthy well-balanced diet with certain nutrients in generous amounts can actually reverse excessive hair fall. However, like everything in life, conditions apply. If there’s excessive hair fall within a very short span of time, chances are that it is a symptom of a more serious medical condition. It is hence advisable to get a doctor’s appointment.

Here are some foods that prevent hair loss, which means you need to stock up.

1. Power Up The Proteins

Hair is primarily made of protein and, therefore, it makes sense to eat a protein-rich diet if you’re trying to maintain or get healthy hair. However, eating a tenderloin every day isn’t going to help you. On the contrary, high-fat diets will result in increased testosterone levels, which have been linked to hair loss. So next time don’t order the tenderloin if you had too many strands of hair on your pillow. Stick to leaner proteins such as fish (which has a myriad health benefits beyond just maintaining your hair), chicken, calf’s liver, brewer’s yeast, low-fat cheese, eggs, almonds, beans, and yoghurt.

2. Go For The Raisins

Iron plays a key role in manufacturing haemoglobin, the part of the blood that carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues. When your haemoglobin is at a healthy level, oxygen is properly dispersed. This means your scalp is getting a good flow of blood, which will stimulate and promote hair growth. Eggs, dates, raisins, dark green and leafy vegetables, and whole-grain cereals are all high in iron. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron, so citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries and lemons should be on your grocery list.

3. Bean There Done That

Silica may not be a word you commonly hear associated with a diet but if you’re looking to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss, it should be on your menu. Which food item is rich is silica? Bean sprouts, of course. Remember your mom stuffing them into your mouth as a kid? It’s time to ask her to make some more. To make life simpler, red and green peppers also work.

4. Savour Some Seafood

Zinc is also an important mineral that promotes hair growth as it plays a key role in cell reproduction to hormonal balance. This mineral however gets neglected most often in our regular diet. When you’re low on zinc, these follicles become weak, causing strands to break off. To combat this problem, eat zinc-heavy foods such as mussels, shrimp, nuts, oysters and other crustaceans. But remember that excessive amounts of zinc can eventually lead to hair loss too. So don’t overdo it.

5. Potatoes Are Good Too

This doesn’t mean you can order a large portion of French fries. Potatoes are rich in minerals like zinc and magnesium but deep-frying robs them of all nutrients.  Dice, season and bake some potato wedges (leaving the skins on) to go along with it.