Causes of Alopecia
There are three causes of alopecia in either men
or women.Too much DHTPseudo-oestrogen chemicalsLack
of vital nutrientsDHTFree testosterone is broken
down into DHT (a more potent form of testosterone).
This chemical binds to the hair follicle receptors
blocking vital nutrients from accessing the hair.
The hair becomes miniaturized and thin and eventually
dies. It is what's called the "peach fuzz" look
on young men with hair loss.This is why eunuchs
never had any hair loss which got Plato wondering.
It is also why only men get male pattern baldness
and women don't. Hair loss in women is more evenly
distributed with a thinning over the whole scalp.
Also, effective DHT inhibiting treatment was only
effective on young men with hair loss and not
older men or women. Excessive DHT is therefore
not the only reason for losing your hair.Pseudo-oestrogen
chemicalsIt is normally unheard of for women in
China to get hair loss at any age.
Over the last 20 years increasing number of Chinese
women in the industrialized areas of China are
experiencing hair loss. This cause of hair loss
has been put down to chemicals form the industrial
process which mimic the chemical effects of oestrogen.
These pseudo-oestrogen chemicals bind tighter
to the hair follicle receptors than normal oestrogen
does, starving the hair follicle of vital nutrients,
similar to the way DHT does.Also, this seems to
the reason for hair loss in obese men. Fat cells
in obese and balding men contain more of the enzyme
aromatase (responsible for converting testosterone
into oestrogen). Also bacteria in fat cells produce
oestrogen-like chemicals.Lack of vital nutrientsThe
hair needs a variety of nutrients to sustain itself.
The theory is that both DHT and estrogen-like
chemicals block the hair follicle by binding to
it too tightly. Even without these chemicals,
a person lacking in these nutrients will experience
There have been experiments on mice which show
the effect of a deficiency of certain vitamins
or minerals. One vitamin for hair loss is vitamin
D. Scientists knocked out the genes in mice responsible
for the regulation of the hair and scalp. These
genes are in turn normally regulated by vitamin
D. The result was rickets and hair loss with dermal
cysts appearing quite early on. When scientists
injected naturally "nude" mice with vitamin D,
they started sprouting hair at an alarming rate.It
has been shown that copper and zinc, if lacking
together, increase a loss of hair. In fact, a
copper peptide was shown to induce hair growth
in the skin around the wound of a person. The
copper peptide was first used as healing accelerant.
This is probably the most effective baldness
treatment.For women, a lack of iron and the essential
amino acid L-lysine has been associated with losing
one's hair. This therapy has proven to be very
beneficial for women who are losing their hair.There
are loss products which can address these issues.
Which hair loss product is effective can be found
by clicking that link.Alastair is an independent
researcher in the field of common ailments and