Iodine deficiency and hair loss

Iodised salt and other iodine rich foods

Hair loss is the most burning problem in all the adults these days. Everyone wants solution for this problem, but finding the cause behind this problem is a tough task.

Whatever the root cause of hair loss be, it finally results as some sort of nutrient deficiency. Mainly considered  mineral deficiencies are iron and zinc. And after that the next deficiency is Iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency causing hair loss:

Iodine deficiency is usually familiar to all of us in some other name, thyroid disorders. Actually, normal thyroid functioning require iodine. If the required amount of iodine is not reaching you thyroid glands, it will result in imbalance of thyroid hormones. Thyroid functioning problems include mainly hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Diagnosing thyroid disorders:

Hyperthyroidism is caused due to excess production of thyroid hormones and hypothyroidism is due to insufficient thyroid hormones.

The blood tests to be undergone for diagnosing thyroid disorders are TSH, T3, T4 and Free T4.

Role of Iodine in hair growth: 

  • Iodine is mainly important for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties.
  • Due to these properties it protects the hair from various fungal infections on our scalp, which eats the hair follicles from the end.

Iodine in your food:

  • Iodised salt
  • Milk
  • Potato
  • Yogurt
  • bananas
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • corn
  • beans

The amount of iodine recommended on daily basis is 112-225 mcg.

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