Diet Plan for Alopecia Areata (Hair Loss)

Hating to look in the mirror these days! Troubled with losing hair or developing a patch of baldness on your head, you are probably facing Alopecia Areata - an autoimmune disorder that usually results in unpredictable, patchy hair loss.

Hair is made up of two main structures — the hair shaft, which is what you see, and the hair follicle, which is hidden underneath the skin. Hair grows from the hair follicle.


Hair typically grows at a rate of 0.35 mm per day. The scalp sheds about 100 hairs per day, which can increase with hair care practices like washing and brushing.

Hair follicles are highly active and sensitive. Hair follicle cells are among the most rapidly dividing cells in your body, so it’s no surprise that nutrient deficiencies can negatively affect hair growth.

And for those facing Alopecia Areata, their body has developed an autoimmune against its hair follicles, and considering it as a foreign object, the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing inflammation.

The main symptom of Alopecia Areata is hair loss. Hair usually falls out in patches on the scalp. These patches are often several centimeters or less.

Hair loss might also occur on other parts of the face, like the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard, as well as other parts of the body. Some people lose hair in a few places. Others lose it in multiple spots.

There can be reasons for Alopecia Areata such as:

  • Genetics
  • Unhealthy food choices
  • Lifestyle
  • Stress

Cope with the condition, diet plays a vital role :

  • Consume foods rich in anti-oxidants - like bright-colored fruits and vegetables
  • Hair is basically protein - which is also the building block and main protective nutrient in the body. So make sure that your protein intake is adequate
  • Omega 3 fatty acids - are extremely beneficial for healthy hair. Omega 3-rich foods such as flaxseeds, fish oils, spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower can prove beneficial
  • Biotin nutritional supplements and as well as minerals - present in blue-green alga are essential for hair growth, especially in Alopecia Areata
  • Add probiotics to your diet - this can improve gut health

Facing Alopecia Areata can understandably be distressing. But there are many treatments and dietary changes that can help manage the symptoms of hair loss.

We at Nutrishilp are there to help you while coping up Hair loss with our nutritional and dietary assistance.



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