You know the heads of hair, right? The thick luscious locks that fingers can easily glide through to become runway ready. I was born bald. And I remained bald until approximately three years of age. Unfortunately, I never really enjoyed much more than that! My hair has always been thin, and fine, and straight, and far from the longed-for, luxurious, golden locks of a Disney movie princess. I ferociously started inspecting my hairbrush on a daily basis and doing research to separate fact from fiction and truth from myth. Do vegans have thinner hair? I needed answers! She is a well-respected dietitian and has quite a bit to say about hair loss. While there are no studies of this issue in vegans, there is research on general nutrition factors and hair loss.
Musician Jessica Drue began giving up eggs and dairy within weeks of her daughter Kayla-Ria being born in October Jessica, 24, who lives in North London, decided to remove all trace of dairy from her home. Initially, I still ate meat and fish, though. But then she made the decision to swap to a vegan diet. So, last April, Jessica gave up eating animal products overnight. Within a few months, she started feeling lethargic and needed several alarms to get herself up in the morning. Worryingly, she noticed vast amounts of her hair coming out in clumps, too. Not in obvious bald patches, but a definite thinning all over. The protein keratin is a key component of hair — to produce keratin, the body needs amino acids, the building blocks of protein found in meat and fish. These can also be found in a vegan diet — from sources such as beans, lentils, chickpeas and soya alternatives to milk and yoghurt — but Jessica admits she had not done enough to replace the animal sources of amino acids. Diets very low in amino acids can result in hair loss or thinnng, adds Iain Sallis, director of the Institute of Trichologists. Hair loss can occur when a person suddenly eradicates these sources from their diet.
Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Interventional studies of plant-based diets have shown, for example, 90 percent reductions in angina attacks within just a few weeks. Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported greater diet satisfaction than control groups, as well as improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep, and significant improvement in their physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning. Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods. The fact it may also be effective in preventing, treating, and arresting other leading killers seems to make the case for plant-based eating simply overwhelming.