Present in every nook and cranny of the body, zinc has an array of functions. Among the most important is promoting the general growth of ali body tissues, including hair and skin. Zinc appears to be beneficial in treating both androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.
Some physicians who treat hair loss believe that zinc works in partnership with vitamin BÖ to blo’ck the production of DHT, the hormone that triggers hair loss. The recommended treatment dosage is 100 milligrams of B6 and 25 milligrams of zinc glu conate daily. Anecdotally, some people who have supplemented with zinc to minimize hair loss say it does the trick.
In 1976 a study published in a medical book reported that two patients with alopecia areata regrew their hair after taking oral supplements of zinc sulfate. Several years later, a scientist decided to further investigate the effects of zinc sulfate on alopecia areata.
In his test, he gave either 220 milligrams of zinc sulfate or a placebo to fortytwo volunteers suffering from alopecia areata. None of the volunteers knew if they were receiving the zinc or the placebo. Âfter three months of treatment, no improvement in hair growth occurred. Further investigations into zinc’s effect on hair regrowth are needed.
Zinc has numerous jobs in the body. For example, it helps absorb vitamins, break down carbohydrates, synthesize protein in cells, construct collagen in the skin, and boost immunity.
Zinc deficiencies could be on the rise, since our soils are becoming depleted of this mineral. What’s more, stress also depletes the body of zinc.