London: Eating more of these five fruits could stop you from going bald, according to a hair loss expert. Dr. Bashar Bizrah claims apples could help prevent dandruff, and says the evidence is starting to show peaches can halt thinning hair.
Dr. Bizrah, founder of the Beyond Med Centre clinic in Kensington, said: ‘The most common cause of hair loss, male or female pattern baldness, is genetic. ‘But other types of hair loss and hair thinning, such as those caused by an unhealthy scalp condition, are much more preventable.
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‘If your nutritional intake is optimum, it can play a real role in keeping your hair and scalp in good condition. ‘And certain fruits are particularly good at providing this dietary safety net for your follicles.’ Here, Dr. Bizrah reveals some key fruits that may help.
CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS?
It is perfectly normal for people to lose small amounts of hair as it replenishes itself and, on average, people can shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day.
However, if people start to lose entire patches of hair or large amounts of it it can be more distressing and potentially a sign of something serious.
Pattern baldness is a common cause of hair loss as people grow older. At least half of the men over the age of 50 will lose some of their hair just through the aging process, according to the British Association of Dermatologists. Women may lose their hair as they grow older, too.
Papaya: Dr. Bizrah said: ‘Collagen is the most plentiful protein in your body. ‘And it’s not only one of the building blocks for creating new hair, but it also helps keep the dermis – the middle layer of your skin that contains the root of each individual hair – strong and healthy, too.
‘Your body creates collagen by combining certain amino acids, usually found in foods like beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and dairy products. ‘But this process also requires vitamin C as a key ingredient.
‘And papaya is abundant in vitamin C – with one large papaya packed with 235 milligrams of vitamin C, which is more than twice the amount of one orange. ‘Papayas are also rich in potassium, a lack of which has been linked with hair loss.’
Pineapples: Dr Bizrah said: ‘Most people are aware of “free radicals” – unstable atoms that develop in the body and can damage cells, causing illness and aging. ‘What you might not realize is that free radicals can also damage hair follicles, with older adults particularly susceptible.
‘To fight these free radicals, your body needs antioxidants. ‘And pineapples are not only rich in nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6, they’re also bursting with antioxidants called flavonoids and phenolic acids. ‘The antioxidants found in pineapple are also longer lasting than those found in other foods, making them particularly effective.’
Peaches: Dr. Bizrah said: ‘To maintain a healthy head of hair, it’s vital the scalp has enough moisture. ‘Your scalp contains oil glands that produce sebum, natural oil that lubricates the hair strand as it grows. ‘If there’s not enough of this moisturizing sebum on your hair, your scalp will suffer.
‘Peaches can combat this as they’re rich in vitamins A and C, so they’re a great natural moisturizer. ‘While the scientific evidence is lacking, many people also use peach juice as a topical solution, applying it to the scalp in the belief that it’ll also ward off hair loss.’