The micro-nutrient iodine is an essential element for the normal growth and development of ALL of your body’s organ and tissue systems.
In fact iodine—paired with iron, magnesium and zinc–is often considered the best mineral you can take for healthy hair. And if you’re currently experiencing hair loss, it may be a good idea to supplement your diet with these, as hair loss can be one of the most common signs of a deficiency in iodine.
The link between iodine and hair loss
To understand the link between iodine and hair loss, we actually need to look at thyroid health.
The thyroid gland relies on iodine to make the hormones necessary for the growth of healthy hair, teeth and bones. When we’re deficient in this nutrient, the health of our hair can suffer, leading to hair weakness or total hair loss.
Which means that boosting your iodine levels could in turn boost hair health and growth, and may even prevent or reverse hair loss.
Historically, farmers understood the relationship between iodine and the health of an animal’s coat.
In fact, sheep farmers noticed that iodine-poor soils produced iodine-deficient plants, which in turn produced iodine-deficient sheep. And these sheep, consequently, produced the least amount (and poorest quality) of wool.
Iodine-deficient soil can contribute to iodine deficiency & hair loss
It stands to reason that human beings are just as effected by iodine-poor soil and plants as animals are. And hair loss may be related to this decline.
Simply stated, iodine is a key element for hair strength and growth. While we may get some synthetic iodine in table salt, our body has a hard time assimilating it. Taking an iodine supplement may prevent or reverse hair loss. There are even a few studies that support this evidence.
One such study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, & Leprology described the use of iodine as a treatment for patients with alopecia (hair loss), and found hair re-growth in a number of patients.
Getting too much iodine is a bad idea too, so it’s best to talk with a naturopathic doctor about supplementing with iodine. Or consider food sources of iodine such as
- sea vegetables,
- and salmon.
Have you thought about taking iodine for hair loss? If you have, how did it work out for you? Share your experience in the comments below.
Dr. Edward F. Group III has his Naturopathic Doctorate, Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist certifications, and is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the American Board of Functional Medicine. He founded Global Healing Center Inc. in 1998 which has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
A dynamic author and speaker, Dr. Group focuses solely on spreading the message of health and wellness to the global community with the philosophy of full body cleansing, most importantly colon cleansing, consuming pure clean organic food, water, air, exercise and nutritional supplementation. Visit GlobalHealingCenter.com to learn more about living green and healthy!
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