Nutritional factors and hair loss

@article{Rushton2002NutritionalFA,
  title={Nutritional factors and hair loss},
  author={David Hugh Rushton},
  journal={Clinical and Experimental Dermatology},
  year={2002},
  volume={27}
}
  • D. H. Rushton
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Medicine
  • Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Summary The literature reveals what little is known about nutritional factors and hair loss. What we do know emanates from studies in protein‐energy malnutrition, starvation, and eating disorders. In otherwise healthy individuals, nutritional factors appear to play a role in subjects with persistent increased hair shedding. Hård, 40 years ago, demonstrated the importance of iron supplements in nonanaemic, iron‐deficient women with hair loss. Serum ferritin concentrations provide a good… 

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