New Study: Air Pollution May Lead to Hair Loss
Did you know that hair loss affects two-thirds of men under the age of 35 in the United States? And almost 85% of men lose significant amount of hair after the age of 50, according to the American Hair Loss Association? New research might have found an explanation for why outdoor air pollution is likely to cause hair loss.
New research from the Future Science Research Center in Korea was presented at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress in October. Researchers wanted to research the effect of particulate matter – a term that describes a mix of solid particles and small liquid droplets of different chemicals that people can inhale, like dust and diesel – they found that some pose a serious risk to health.
After 24 hours, the analysis revealed that exposure to PM10-like particles (dust and diesel, for example) lowered levels of a protein key in hair growth called beta-catenin.
The analysis also revealed that the particles lowered levels of other proteins that determine hair growth and hair retention. The more pollution the researchers exposed the proteins to, the more they decreased.
What our healthcare professionals say
Director of Nutrition for Invite Health explains, “We live in an increasingly polluted environment, loaded with toxins; the soil we grow our food in is often nutrient-depleted and many consume processed, factory-made foods supplying scant nutrients. Ironically, our bodies wind up requiring even more vitamins and minerals to effectively metabolize nutrient-depleted foods. Add that depletion with less time spent outdoors, minimal exercise, prescription drugs and medications, and chronic stress, and the result is that many individuals are truly nutritionally deficient.”
This is why many healthcare professionals, including the certified nutritionists at Invite Health, commonly advise their clients to start taking a safe, reliably-made, high-quality multivitamin mineral formula on a daily basis to fill the nutrition deficits in their diet.