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Probiotics and Hair Loss

By Stephanie Berger ; Updated August 14, 2017

Hair-loss can cause feelings of embarrassment for both men and women. Perhaps you have tried to hide your hair loss with a hat, scarf, hairpiece or hairstyle. Maybe you have resorted to medication and surgery. You might be surprised to learn that there may be an all-natural method to promote hair regrowth -- probiotics.

The Facts

Meaning "for life," probiotics are food and supplements that contain "good" bacteria. According to MayoClinic.com, probiotics may help with digestion, boost the immune system, treat yeast infections, urinary tract infections and diarrhea. Probiotics are thought to improve overall health. Although consumed in Europe for years, probiotics are now recently popular in the United States. Therefore, many benefits of probiotic use are still being discovered.

Benefits for Hair Regrowth

Regular intake of probiotics may help your hair grow. Each hair follicle is surrounded by nourishing blood vessels. Probiotics attack pathogens, agents of disease, to keep your blood healthy. Healthy blood nourishes the hair and promotes growth. Many have discovered the hair benefits of probiotics unintentionally. Taking probiotics for another ailment, users have found a correlation with hair regrowth.

Types of Probiotics

According to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), probiotics are found in food, such as yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, some juices and soy beverages, as well as some food and seasonings made from soybeans. As supplements, probiotics are found in capsule, tablet or powder form. Use caution, however, when consuming probiotics in these forms, as dietary supplements do not undergo the rigorous testing that drugs do. The good bacteria may be present in probiotic food and supplements originally or added during preparation.

Identification

Probiotic food may be found at your local grocery store or health food store. Look for labels that say, "probiotic" or "contains live, active cultures." When in doubt about whether a product is truly probiotic, contact the company for more further information. Probiotic dietary supplements may be found at your local health food store.

Considerations

Before you begin a probiotic regimen, consult with your doctor first. More research and evidence is needed regarding probiotics and hair regrowth. At this time, there does not seem to be a specific recommendation regarding what types of probiotics are most effective in promoting hair regrowth. More information is needed regarding specific dosages of probiotics and the time frame it takes to see results.

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