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Zinc Deficiency and Hair Loss?

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on May 20, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH

One of our Fantastic Fans, Elizabeth, had some interesting questions for us about zinc and its significance with hair loss. She was also curious as to whether zinc was included in Hair Essentials as an “aromatase-inhibitor.”

Aromatase is an enzyme necessary for the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Zinc is, as Elizabeth had noted, a natural aromatase-inhibitor (limits the conversion of testosterone to estrogen). Though aromatase inhibition is a desirable therapeutic outcome in certain conditions (such as estrogen+ breast and prostate cancers), zinc isn’t used clinically for this purpose because the levels required would cause zinc toxicity in the body.

Zinc is included in Hair Essentials because it is an extremely important cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic pathways in the body, including regulation of cell repair and division. The hair follicles are rapidly dividing cells and thus have high zinc requirements. This important mineral is included in Hair Essentials to ensure that your follicles have the zinc they require for maintaining proper cell growth and division.

Zinc also plays a significant role in the production of thyroid hormones. The thyroid is extremely important for cell metabolism throughout the body, including healthy growth and division of hair follicles.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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