Table of contents
- Hair Loss Treatments For Men: Vitamin D - PART 1
Hair Loss Treatments For Men: Vitamin D - PART 2
- Vitamin D And Your Immune System
- Vitamin D and Hair Loss Scenarios
- Alopecia Areata and Vitamin D: The Studies
- Vitamin D Receptors and Hair Loss
- Vitamin D and DHT: How Are They Related To Almost All Hair Loss Treatments For Men
- Part 3 Is On Its Way...
Hair Loss Treatments For Men: Vitamin D - PART 3
Optimize your vitamin D intake by testing it first [CAUTION!]
- Test Yourself Using The Most Simple Route [Traditional]
- Use This Cool Way Of Measurement to Test Yourself And Feel Like A Cool Experimenter Yourself! [DIY]
- Do Yourself A Favor By Being Aware Of The Healthy Vitamin-D Blood Levels! [Most Doctors Ignore Those!]
- Read Now My Personal Vitamin D Story in a "Tweeter" Paragraph And Prepare To Learn Some Cool S**t!
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- Overdosing on Vitamin D?
- Let me share my last thoughts with you on Vitamin D and Hair Loss...
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- Optimize your vitamin D intake by testing it first [CAUTION!]
Hair Loss Treatments For Men: Vitamin D – PART 1
Like we have always said before, hair loss is a pandemic for the new generations of men. That’s why the past years, we ‘ve all heard various hair loss treatments for men finding their way to our eyes, minds and sometimes hairlines.
But before analyzing why I’m in such a philosophical rush, let’s revisit a fact that did make hair loss close to mythical.
But even if that holds true, I just can’t get it. It doesn’t seem very natural for a man to just …lose his hair. No logic there, thanks but no thanks. Especially for young men trying to find sexual partners. Balding is not symmetrical, it’s not practical and it’s not beautiful. It definitely didn’t look natural for the great Socrates too… Does it look natural to you?
I don’t think that young cavemen had hair loss issues, nor that our species has baldness as the A-Plan of action. Girls do not to like it much, although there some benefits to it. Business partners with alopecia seem to suffer more than their hairy colleagues, and the list goes on and on. So why in the heck are we balding?
Sun. Or let’s just say Vitamin D for now and I’ll explain later.
Is Vitamin D the lost kingdom of Baldness Treatments for ape-men like you and me? That’s for debate. But after you read this magnificent article, you will be able to know the following:
1. Is your Vitamin D levels “normal”?
2. Are bald because of Vitamin D deficiency?
3. Best ways to skyrocket your Vitamin D levels to the ceiling!
Are you ready to view baldness from a new angle (or should I say …jungle!)? Jump in, bald ape!
WHAT IS VITAMIN D?
Recently the hair loss community has got crazy. Ancient links between this godsent vitamin and your hair came to the surface. Studies done on poor mice show promising results but really. Vitamin D?!
Well, even more specifically it’s the vitamin D receptors to blame more than the “vitamin”(it’s a pre-hormone damn it!) itself. But we are going to get there in a moment. First just take a quick look at this king pre-hormone.
Our body consists of many hormones and different kinds of regulators. One of them is Vitamin D. It has many roles in our human structure and helps many systems work efficiently like your reproductive system.
Vitamin D is famous for being the “sun vitamin”, although it’s a vitamin as much as Indians (Native Americans) are from India.
(That’s a joke)
Like a bonded group of vitamins together, this hormone regulator helps your body absorb precious micronutrients like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.
Vitamin D also acts on 1000 genes(!). It decides how and if ti should express these genes. Cool huh? It also serves as a substrate for sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen.
Your skin creates most of the vitamin D you need for your day. This incredible pre-hormone then binds to the necessary receptors that need it. Like all hormones, vitamin D (a pre-hormone basically) has its receptors.
Very gangsterish if you ask me.
But here the catch 22. Vitamin D can be found in two forms in your blood. First is the lame one, called ergocalciferol. In less Greek, vitamin D2. The other more potent one is called cholecalciferol, or else D3. Now you ask, where’s D1? Don’t ask these questions, D1 is like Area 51. You are not supposed to know…
So focus on D3 for now.
Keep in mind that vitamin D is mentioned as one of the top 3 supplements out there, and not without reason. Without it, you die. But before you do, your body first starts to break down slowly. That’s due to Vitamin D’s abilities to absorb specific nutrients and produce certain steroid hormones. No surprise that your performance in bed is awful last week.
Did you get your daily sun dosage the previous week or not?
WHY MOST MEN ARE VITAMIN D DEFICIENT
By now you already know the two primary forms of hair loss treatments for men out there. Rogaine and Propecia. Or else, these two contain the famous Minoxidil and Finasteride respectively. They do the job, but most of the time side effects are even more dramatic than the solution they provide.
That’s why many men like me and you are searching for alternatives or at least complementary approaches. It seems like science found out a way for us. Aloha!? Not yet.
Don’t cry though you deficient bold ape. Hope is cumming. Sorry, I meant coming. On the way!
Vitamin D has a lot of functions inside your body. Most of them plenty and significant. One of those super roles is the following:Vitamin D is partially responsible for the healthy anagen phase of our hair follicles. Click To Tweet
That’s the growth phase of our hair. Only recently, scientists are showing the importance of Vitamin D receptors inside hair follicles, according to The Wall Street Journal. Innovative treatments emerge with only one goal: sensitize Vitamin D receptors inside hair follicles. After that just boost Vitamin D levels.
In, other words after your Vitamin D receptors are triggered and ready to roll, just tan all day! Of course, that’s not possible if you work in a cubicle (or is it?), so you may consider supplementation.
As you already know, every man loses some hair EVERY day. Even your furry friends, lose up to 95 hair strands per day. These are the usual “rebel hair strands” that cannot endure the society of your scalp and have to go. But what about the “good strands” that you and I watch with despair jumping off of our heads when they shouldn’t??
Scientists found that ______ seems to be the key to stop hair loss!
Many tried to answer that question, and many failed. But now researchers from all over the world are in front of an entirely shocking surprise followed by an insurmountable challenge.
Vitamin D deficiency seems to throw off balance these “good strands” and lead them out of our scalp society! “That sounds awful, but at least we know what to do right?”
Not so fast. The fact is that it’s not the vitamin D deficiency per se that leads to your shining head, but as it seems the receptors are broken or …. not there. These are called VDR (Vitamin D Receptor). So the challenge is:
How can we sensitize the Vitamin D receptors and if we succeed to do so, what is the proper amount of Vitamin D for every man…?
Anyway, let’s focus back on your “Scalp Society Of Hair Follicles”. As we already made clear, a deficiency in this essential hormone can throw your hair grow out of balance. Vitamin D deficiency seems to smash down the anagen phase (birth and growth of your hair) and enhance the telogen phase (death and fall of your hair).
Not good. More on Vitamin D receptors in Part 2….
Are YOU into these risk group of Vitamin D sufferrers…?
Some of the risk groups for possible vitamin D deficiency are:
1. Men with dark skin
2. Elder Men
3. Obese Fellows
4. No-fish-in-my-diet Men
5. Men that live north (Boston, Sweden, etc.)
6. Men that live south (Patagonia, New Zealand, etc.)
7. Men in love with their sunscreen
8. Devs & Wannapreneurs Indoor-style Men
Symptoms of deficiency are subtle but life-threatening in the long run. These include bone destruction, skin cancer and of course, our favorite, enhanced baldness! Yihaa!
If you paid attention to your 4th-grade biology teacher, you would know by now that vitamin D and iron are the two major hair follicle boosters that you need to pay tremendous attention!The appearance of healthy, thick hair is vital for your self-confidence as a man. Click To Tweet
Hair loss can cause depression to every man, proud or not, black or white, strong or weak. It’s just what it is. We now have now though some info at our disposal that can potentially mitigate the damage. As we mentioned, you can produce plenty of vitamin D through proper sun exposure and supplements. Even nutrition can help a bit!
Regulating hormone imbalances and decreasing oxidative stress is also a great way to protect your sensitive hair follicles. Of course, the hair care industry doesn’t seem to care much for this stuff.
They know for sure that you and I will fall for their “chemical bombs” products like good apes we are! Why? Because we want to look badass, that’s why.
Hair Products and Sunscreen VS Vitamin D
We have innately a great desire to be perceived as young and healthy as possible, and that’s why we need our thick hair back to achieve that. I don’t say that these products are entirely a fraud. Some of these products kinda work but with side-effects, if used for an extended period.
Not the sustainable and aggressive therapy you need, right?
So before you keep spending money on the new trend of chemical hair loss treatments for men, I suggest you give Vitamin D a chance. It is natural and has some potential. It’s also budget friendly.
Last time I checked the sun is a free commodity.
Of course, conventional media and pharmaceutical companies are prominent advocates of sun avoidance (wtf?). They suggest we should put on our sunscreen all the time. Sometimes you must wonder if they know the side effects of something like that? Anyway, that’s a post (Hair Loss and Big Pharma) from the future so stay tuned.
Most men sadly follow the advice of the media or their girlfriends, which tends to be wrong. Wearing sunscreen all the time harms your epidermis skin layer because of the chemicals inside the sunscreen. But the biggest downside is that it does not let the sun help your skin produce vitamin D from cholesterol as we mentioned before. This trend aggravates vitamin D deficiency amongst men even more.
Vitamin D Boosts Your Immune System!
High levels of vitamin D not only helps your hair but also boosts your immune system prevent cancer formation by as much as 70% as some clinical trials show.
As it seems vitamin D promotes to cancer cells that they should self-destruct and differentiate from the healthy cells.
So not only you help your hair grow, but the possibility of cancer gets minimized!
Not to mention that vitamin D helps prevent and treat in part the following diseases:
- Flu treatments
- Diabetes Type II
- Chronic Inflammation
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Seizures (in epileptic men)
Of course, overdosing on vitamin D does not help more, but it can also harm. More on Part 3…
Vitamin D is one of the most significant influencers of cell division.
It also helps a lot with replacing the old dysfunctional and dangerous (to become cancerous) cells with new fresh cells. Besides, vitamin D has a significant role in the immune system, by regulating specific genes. Click To Tweet
Vitamin D’s Most Important Function!
However, maybe the most crucial role of this hormone is to regulate your phosphate and calcium levels. Without proper levels of these important micronutrients, your bones, nails, and hair will suffer…
Remember that vitamin D is a steroid hormone and not a vitamin. Vitamin D3 is 90% more efficient than D2 and that’s the form you should focus and not the D2 fallacy that some health officials try to sell you.
You have to remember that without vitamin K2, it’s best not to consume vitamin D because it get’s toxic, and have adverse effects.Always D3 and K2 together, unless you want to harden your arteries and endure excessive calcification. Click To Tweet
Read the following to understand better this biological procedure.
A Vitamin K2-dependent protein is like a bus. It takes passengers from stations and moves them to another place in town so that these people can also be of excellent service to other people and so on. The driver of the bus is the vitamin D, and the people that wait at the station is the calcium.
When you take vitamin D (hire drivers), your body will create vitamin K2-dependent proteins (buses). These will make the calcium (passengers) and move them to their preferred destination where they can be of service (bones and teeth).
If you don’t take the proper amounts of vitamin D(drivers), vitamin K2 (to create the vitamin K2-dependent proteins, aka buses) and Calcium (passengers) then problems will arise. Like riots (calcification, arteries hardening, strokes, heart attack, etc.) when buses are not working.
Ok, that was a lame example. But yet I think you got the point, my bold apes.
Note: Like all things in science, we advise caution, my friend! We don’t know for sure the optimal ratio of vitamin D and vitamin K2 for each man out there and you should experiment first with low doses. Always consult a doctor of your choice or a professional dietitian.
But the general recommendation to start with is that for every 1000 IU’s of vitamin D3 you consume, consider also taking 150-200 micrograms of vitamin K2.
With more vitamin D, you need more vitamin K2.
Where to find vitamin K2? Easy. Do you eat grass-fed butter?
No, the butter will not make you fat and sick, take a breath first. Butter could possibly make you fat and sick only if you do consume more than a tablespoon per day. More on this here. We also advise eating grass-fed only. We have no affiliation with Kerrygold, but it’s our preferred brand. Search for yourself. You can also go with Ghee, but it’s more expensive!
Otherwise, there are also plants that contain Vitamin K1. Sadly humans are not very efficient converting that Vitamin K1 into the more active compound vitamin K2.
Hair Loss Treatments For Men: Vitamin D – PART 2
Arriba!! Welcome back to the journey of discovery for Vitamin D and hair loss. In Part 1 we did some soul searching on some basics of the mechanisms that vitamin D triggers and how it works in our body. It was just an intorduction, and that’s why in this Part 2 we are going deeper.
We will try to answer:
Is it the therapy we waited or is it just a new fad like many other hair loss treatments for men created by the dark force of pharmaceuticals companies?
Well, good news! It’s up to you to decide! So jump in because we are going bananas(hungry anyone?) in this episode!
Vitamin D And Your Immune System
First things first.
Let’s dive into some protective aspects of vitamin D so that you gain a bit of perspective on this king pre-hormone!
Truth is vitamin D deficiency can cause some pretty nasty illnesses. Some of them are:
- Cardiac conditions
Damn, that’s a nasty list.
Why do you care about this? Because everything in our body is connected. So the benefits of having a greater immune system can lead also to other benefits like thicker hair. But let me continue with hair loss and vitamin D for now. It’s pretty accurate to assume that your vitamin D levels are low unless you ‘re on a Bahamas beach drinking Pina Colada all day.
Vitamin D and Hair Loss Scenarios
Vitamin D, Inflammation and Hair Loss
Everything in and on your body serves a purpose and that includes your hair or the absence of it. But is hair loss something natural? Probably not. Hair loss is a disease fought on many fronts. That’s something I need you to understand. It’s not to blame the genetics only. In fact, it’s not to blame the genetics at all, if you ‘re 20 years old and started balding.
It’s the damn lifestyle!
Lifestyle includes many factors. Some of these are nutrition, environmental toxicity, and stress levels. The thing to remember here is that hair loss scientists all agree on something.Chronic Inflammation is the main cause of every disease in your body, including hair loss. Click To Tweet
Yes you heard that right. Chronic Excessive Inflammation is the master trigger of all diseases on Earth. It is indeed a big front when it comes to hair loss, and maybe the key issue for someone to adress first to address first.
But vitamin D comes to the rescue…
Vitamin D is notorious for turning off some “bad” key genes that are usually expressed when your body is inflamed. So if you losing hair because of inflammation, vitamin D is a good help to you!
Read that again. Not take a break and lt your shiny scalp face the sun for a minute. I’m waiting.
(we said a minute, what the funk??)
You loved it, didn’t you?
Of course, this assumption is made simplistically and has to be reviewed again and again by science. Like always, MORE research is needed. But, it seems that vitamin D plays a key role in inflammation and most illnesses are caused by inflammation. Like these we already mentioned. But that’s not the only explanation here.
Lack Of Sun On The Scalp
There is the evolutionary theory that men go bald because they do not absorb as much vitamin D as they should. Lack of sun exposure can be blamed for this. The theory concludes that because of this vitamin D deficiency, our body activates plan B so that we manage to get our dose.
What’s this plan B?
Balding! Yes, it’s freaking balding! Now before you rush to reject this notion, think about it for a moment…
When your scalp is full of hair, it’s pretty obvious that the sun rays have a hard time reaching your scalp’s skin. Which means no efficient amount of vitamin D is synthesized (remember: vitamin D is synthesized by the sun rays “hitting” your skin). So when you ‘re balding, you ‘re giving yourself a chance (you merciful creature..!) to produce more vitamin D.
Let’s say it as it is:
If your body has to choose between enough vitamin D levels and hair loss prevention, it will always choose the former!
Sorry, but it makes sense. If your deeed (dead) like the Scotch would say, what good will your looks do? Before you blame your body for this mess, let me remind you that your body adapts in order to save your ass. Not to make you a Brad Pitt-looking-dude.
This evolutionary theory can be explained twofold. First, the sun light waves may stimulate directly your scalp’s and face’s hair cells, which makes the argument of LIGHT therapy a must. But there is a second explanation we all agree. Lack of sun exposure means lack of proper vitamin D levels. Feels cold like iron, right?
“Wait, how is Iron involved with all this?”
Glad you asked!
Iron, Vitamin D, and Hair Loss
In 2013 researchers gather to research vitamin D and its relationship to ferritin. The latter is a protein that is found in your cells (hopefully) and allow them to store iron.
The scientists concluded that ferritin and vitamin D have a negative correlation with TE. That means that:
…when levels of iron(+ferritin) and vitamin D go down, Telogen Effluvium goes up.
Of course, (like always) more research is needed. While low levels of vitamin D have been associated with some types of hair loss, this does not mean for sure that there is a causation effect between that factor and that disease (hair loss). But as you can see by now, there are a heck of a lot more hair loss treatments for men than just Propecia and Rogaine!
Another thing to keep in mind is that usually women are iron defficient and not us. Also too much iron can lead to health problems, so take it easy here. Before we move on to the Grand Studies Of Vitamin D And Hair Loss, it’s a great moment to let you remind you that as with iron, youn need to regulate also other micronutrients like calcium, phosphate and Vitamin K2. In part 1 of this Vitamin D series, we made a quick reference at the end of that article!
Alopecia Areata and Vitamin D: The Studies
Before we move on to the breaking-news-discovery of part 2, let’s take a look at the results of some revealing studies on hair loss and vitamin D.
The following studies will prove an association of vitamin D deficiency and hair loss:
- A study showed a direct correlation between vitamin D deficiency and alopecia areata.
- Another study showed that topical application of vitamin D on the scalp of a young boy treated his alopecia areata. Not only that but it also brought back his vitamin D receptors (these are receptors necessary for the absorption of vitamin D!).
- An Egyptian study found out that low levels of iron and vitamin D are associated with female pattern hair loss. The study also concluded that vitamin D regulates the expression of specific genes that promote normal hair growth.
- In another study, 90 percent of the patients with alopecia areata had low vitamin D levels.
It is believed that vitamin D helps damaged scalp skin cells to grow back (although tempting to just stick to the image of the semi-naked girl, don’t do it because she is not going to help you grow your hair back, science will!). When that happens, regeneration of new hair follicles follow.
Don’t you believe yet? Check the next study.
Turkish researchers made the following statement:We believe that maintaining healthy rates of vitamin D in the blood, reduces incidents of TE (Telogen Effluvium) in patients. Click To Tweet
Usually, as it seems, patients with low vitamin D levels experience TE more often. For those that don’t know what a TE is, the next sentence is dedicated to you.
Telogen Effluvium is a kind of topical hair loss usually and occurs as an autoimmune disorder.
Dr. Abdel-Hamid and his colleagues found out that when people with vitamin D resistant genes were given vitamin D supplementation for 4 weeks, their hair was up to 70% restored. Another beneficial side-effect was that their low calcium levels were restored.
Note: Remember that vitamin D has a great role in calcium and phosphate regulation and absorption.
So by now, you ‘ve got the point. There’s something here! Male pattern baldness can be devastating for all of us here. But the same holds true also for people that lose their hair in an instant, like patients with Alopecia Areata. The differences between these two are many, but one of the most important ones is the hair regeneration and regrowth that can be achieved more easily in AA patients. That’s also why most of the experiments you ‘ve read included patients with AA.
That does not mean that male pattern baldness men like me and you don’t get the benefits. It’s only that it’s less observable. In Alopecia Areata you lose your hair very fast, so if you do the proper interventions you can gain some or all of it very fast back.
It’s like the money game. Most people that win the lottery, usually lose the money in a matter of 5-8 years (true story!).
So in male pattern baldness it’s difficult, if not impossible, to grow INSTANTLY new hair without the use of costly hair transplants.
That’s also why seeing results on natural-based hair loss treatments for men such as infrared light therapy(resembles the sunlight) can be of greater speed and ease most of the times. That holds true in both Alopecia Areata and male pattern baldness men patients.
It’s an autoimmune disease (Alopecia Areata and male pattern baldness – in some cases) and if you fix the main cause of inflammation, you can fix most of the damage.
In 70% of the cases, the hair has grown back when the proper natural interventions are done.
Vitamin D has shown great results with Alopecia Areata when administered for a time period of 4-8 consecutive weeks. For Alopecia Areata you can use topical calcipotriol. This funky name describes a derivative of active vitamin D in the form of cream or solution.
In another study done some years ago, 60% of the AA patients saw their hair growing back after using topical calcipotriol. It took 4 weeks!! These signs of hope are welcomed for us Boldapes with male pattern baldness… Impressive statements waiting for realization, fingers crossed!
Now it will get pretty geekish. If you don’t want to read more, just know that vitamin D receptors seem to be the future focus of scientists regarding hair loss treatmens for men..
For you geeks out there, keep reading.
Vitamin D Receptors and Hair Loss
VDR stands for Vitamin-D-Receptor.
But why should you care about the number of “VTR’s or DVD’s or how the hell is that name?!”. Well because the number of VDR’s on your scalp is a great predictor of vitamin D deficiency and hair loss.
Take a seat and enjoy the next paragraphs. Ready to blow your minds out (speaking)?
As we mentioned, balding guys seem to lack the proper number of vitamin D receptors that other men seem to enjoy. The VDR is a protein. It binds to vitamin D when the hormone is available in the blood.
The binding process happens on specific genes and it regulates many health functions in your body. VDR is found to affect around 230 genes! That seems a lot but it really isn’t. Your genotype is a huge mass of proteins and genetic material, but what’s intriguing here is the function of these 230 genes. Many of them are associated with autoimmune diseases and various types of cancers. So these genes are quite important and triggering them the right way can be beneficial and protective for your health and wellbeing.
“But, I don’t care if I get cancer and die yesterday, I just want to get my hair back!”
For you hippies out there, let me inform you that VDR’s are also located in … HAIR FOLLICLES. VDR’s are very important for normal hair cycling, meaning the stages/phases of hair life cycle (anagen, catagen, telogen). But how?
Vitamin D is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory agent. Its role in epidermal cell proliferation is also acknowledged even from the hard-core anti-vitamin D physicians. That specific role is very important for the determination of Alopecia in Alopecia Areata patients. This lack of vitamin D in the process of epidermal cell proliferation is being linked with a specific mutation of the VDR gene on the hair follicles.
To put it simply, if your VDR’s are sufficiently present and working properly and at the same time you get the proper amounts of vitamin D every day, you should fear no hair loss. At least not, from vitamin D factor, which is great news!
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Of course, there are not many studies that confirm the previous statement.
Low mutated VDR levels are not OFFICIALLY linked with baldness. But evidence is stacking up…
So let’s take a look at a study done that examined 60 people with hair loss. These people had either Alopecia Areata (AA) or Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) which translates also as male pattern baldness. The conclusion of the study indicated that:
VDR’s play an important role in the pathogenesis of AGA and AA.
To reach that statement, researchers documented tissue and serum VDR levels in AA and AGA participants. Then they compared those levels with levels of the control group (meaning those with full hair). The VDR levels of the AA and AGA participants were significantly lower than those of the control group.
Thousands mile across the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Kotaro Yoshimura, and his colleagues tried to find a link between hair follicles and vitamin D. They performed tests on rats and their findings where astounding…
When these researchers injected vitamin D into the stem cells of the rats’ scalp skin, these became hair follicles faster than the control group. Stem cells are the first cells in your body. The body uses these cells to produce different kind of cells (muscle, bones, neurons, organ, blood, etc..). Of course, the key here was again the high amount of VDR’s that were produced by these injections of vitamin D.
Dr. Yoshimura is a leader in the hair science and knows that VDR’s can be investigated more because there’s something there. He and his team are planning a trial to investigate how VDR activation can enhance hair implants in hair restoration surgeries. He thinks that:Proper amounts of vitamin D can enhance VDR activation and lead to better hair growth. Think what we have ahead of us. Click To Tweet
A whole new world of possibilities. Good news for you with lots of cash out there to play with hair implants.
Noteworthy is also a study done at the University of San Fransisco. These researchers looked for vitamin D and hair grow correlation in mice. They discovered a molecule called MED. This molecule was able to suppress VDR’s and inhibit their ability to produce hair strands. When the researchers blocked those MED molecules, mice were able to grow new hair.
There is one last study done in Harvard. There, scientists at the Harvard Medical School discovered another molecule that can activate VDR’s.
But … when they tried to produce new hair they didn’t succeed. That’s to say that not all scientific efforts bare fruit – of course this applies to hair growth studies. Science is tricky and needs time to prove things. The correlations though are strong and revealing:
Vitamin D seems to play a huge role in hair follicles, by activating vitamin D receptors, regulating stem cells and enhance proliferation of good epidermal cells.
Vitamin D Receptor levels and baldness seem to relate to each other.
There seems to be a link between VDR levels and vitamin D blood level. Of course, this is a work in progress.
But there seems to be an indication that years of not taking enough vitamin D (from childhood on) can possibly deactivate Vitamin D Receptors. Then, the lack of these VDR’s inhibits the normal epidermal cell (in hair follicles) proliferation, which leads to abnormal hair stages (more catagen/telogen, less anagen). Hair follicles produce new hair strands(anagen) for 2-6 years before the hair falls (catagen and telogen).
After this fallout, follicles of the fallen hair strands stay dormant for a small time period.
Usually, that period lasts only a bit, not years. When your follicles decide for whatever reason to stay dormant permanently then you ‘ve got a problem. You ‘re balding officially. And our indication is that VDR’s inside hair follicles are deactivated before these follicles become dormant.
But as I mentioned, science needs to prove this, so stay tuned.
Keratinocytes, Anagen Phase and Vitamin D
How are your hair follicles affected by this event?
Well, vitamin D is a major player that helps with the anagen phase of your hair follicles. This process of anagen stimulation of hair follicles needs its triggers, the same way your penis needs testosterone to get erected. Bad example, bad ape! (Planet Of The Apes style)
But the truth is that vitamin D helps your keratinocytes (wow…thug name right there!) differentiate and proliferate. Did you know that those gangsters keratinocytes play their part during the anagen phase of your hair follicles???
I know… I’m excited too!
So, these keratinocytes do take part in the development of epithelial cells. Epithelial cells are necessary for strong hair strands.
Studies confirm that when the keratinocytes wherein healthy populations in each hair follicle, the hair of the patients had greater survival rate. Meaning in simple ghetto language:
(High) Vitamin D —> (High) Keratinocytes —> (High) Number Hair Strands —> Nice and Thick Hair
Of course, that’s not all we ‘ve got in your defense.
In the previous lines, we watched with agony (!!) the story of vitamin D as an independent substance and how it helps your hair grow. We also learned some basics on the hopeful discovery of Vitamin D Receptors and their relation to baldness!
I think you have now painted a picture of how important vitamin D healthy levels are for your hairline, especially when produced on the scalp by sensitizing the grand Receptors!
Now, we ‘ve got to the last great point about Vitamin D and baldness. Yes, your favorite substance DHT and it’s relationship to the king prehormone Vitamin D.
DHT is a problem as it seems for balding men. Can it back down without drugs? Maybe….
Is dihydro-TESTOSTERONE killing your “gains”?
So let’s see how our old-friend DHT is involved. Yes, that little hormone is responsible for both a lot of good and bad things in your prostate, facial hair and scalp hair.
As we already mentioned, prostate and DHT are highly related. Some studies have shown that men with low vitamin D levels in their blood are more susceptible to prostate cancer. Which means that somehow DHT is involved also. Which also means that baldness is a result of this link.
DHT is a hormone that derives from testosterone.
Dihydro(xy)testosterone is its full name. Testosterone is a hormone that needs some building blocks so that it can be built. Vitamin D is supposed to be a building block. “Does this even make sense or did you just came up with in your mind?” Although the mechanism behind this is not yet confirmed, the thing is that many studies show the positive correlation between vitamin D and testosterone:
- A study in Australia researched how old men, testosterone, and vitamin relate to each other. The results showed that old men with low vitamin D levels had lower free testosterone. That can be attributed to the inefficiency of old people’s bodies to utilize the mechanism of vitamin D production. Participants also had more bone fractures (don’t forget the relationship of vitamin D and calcium!).
- Another huge study conducted among 1362 men (that’s an army!), showed similar associations between vitamin D and testosterone. The researchers found that the relationship between testosterone (free and serum) and vitamin D levels was linear. That means that for every X amount of vitamin D taken, testosterone rose respectively by Y. They also concluded that when vitamin D reached ~80 nmol/L, testosterone levels stopped increasing.
- Finally, a study conducted in 1939, just before the escalation of the World War II, showed promising results for those men that love to be naked outside. Dr. Abraham Myerson found out that men with chest exposure to the sun for 5 consecutive days increased their testosterone levels by almost 120%! But the following golden nugget will blow your apish minds out. When men exposed their ge…, their …gen, their …genitals(! 😮 !) to the mighty sun, their testosterone decided to do a PR and increase by an astonishing 200%. Wait, what? W-H-A-T? Yes, you read correctly!! But, proceed with caution. Don’t go out full naked… at least cover your genitals if you do!!
Of course, these studies are showing the undeniable relationship between vitamin D and testosterone.
Testosterone production is correlated with DHT production… Usually in a negative way in adults (simplistically saying healthy testosterone production seems to hold a proper healthy ratio of testosterone / DHT).
DHT is produced in higher amounts in topical glands and tissues like the prostate and your scalp. There is an enzyme called 5a-reductase that helps to produce it. But we are still not quite there in understanding the full picture. With a little logic, it makes sense.
Old men are usually bald. Old men usually have lower free testosterone. Hmmm that seems suspicious to me…
I think it’s a strong correlation we should consider.
Which thus means that there is a relationship between vitamin D and DHT… If we raise testosterone and keep it in healthy levels, there might be a stopping mechanism that stops the negative ageing effects of DHT on our scalp.
Which in turn finally proves that:
There is definitely a correlation between vitamin D, testosterone and male pattern baldness. Click To Tweet
In what exactly way? No one is sure yet. But science usually follows observation. So waiting another 25 years for the studies to prove, is not the best of tactics if you want to save your hair and also have a great shot in having a thicker hairline!
“Wait, did you tell me that testosterone helps but DHT doesn’t?”
Well, there seems to be a preferred ratio between your testosterone and DHT, ok?
When DHT/free testosterone increases, then problems arise. From baldness to prostate cancer, you would like your free testosterone to rule over your DHT.
The thing is that DHT is not so sensitive as free testosterone to oxidation and vitamin D deficiency, which means that when you do not take your vitamin D you are mainly lowering your free and serum testosterone but not your DHT. This is a bad thing for your hair follicles because too much DHT free flowing within your scalp skin tissue seems to be harmful to the growth of the hair follicles.
Consider also that women don’t have a prostate and neither do have big amounts of testosterone nor DHT like you do and guess what? They are not balding too often too.
Guess who else isn’t balding…
These unfortunate men do not produce amounts of testosterone as they should, but they are fortunate enough to have a full head of hair most of the time.There's a link between Vitamin D, DHT/testosterone ratio and male pattern baldness. Click To Tweet
Part 3 Is On Its Way…
Before we dive into the last part of this vitamin D guide for bald boldapes, let’s do a recap with a sauce of philosophical thinking.
Nowdays, many scientists still say that vitamin D’s role on hair loss is not scientifically approved yet. This means, by their standards, that we should not use vitamin D as one of the new hair loss treatments for men.
But I tend to disagree with those folks.
Like I already mentioned, there are many cases where science didn’t catch up with the facts. Furthermore:
Note: Science is half objective and half subjective. It needs to be that way, because if we rely only on our approved results, then there is no room for suggestions and improvements with new – not proven yet – ideas.
So if there are many correlations and something just makes sense, I think you should self-experiment with it (unless it’s drugs or something ultra stupid!). Being out under the sun is our nature and it makes sense that the absence of it can take a toll on our health – and beauty.
Of course, you have always considered the option to consult a health specialist but always ask for further advice and explanations. CAUTION: If he says to you that sun exposure without sunscreen causes cancer, you know what to do. Get to the chopper!! …as Arni used to say. And just fire him/her. Easy?
SUN EXPOSURE, WHEN DONE PROPERLY AND GRADUALLY, HELPS PREVENT CANCER.
More on how to communicate with health experts and how to choose the right ones here.
Of course, keep in mind that observations and correlations do not always translate 100% to causation. Which means, that usually there is more than one factor in play for every result you achieve or try to achieve.
Nevertheless, as you have already read, there are many findings to support that vitamin D is a superhuman weapon when used right. Also, it makes [email protected]&!ng sense. It’s the bloody sun (as Arthur from Peaky Blinders would say!)!
Haven’t you read the first part of this Vitamin D series? Take a good look first before you proceed to part 3!
So to wrap this up, don’t wait for science to prove this 100% because you will be bald by then and 20-25 years older. That’s why I recommend fix your vitamin D deficiency right away, and let nature takes its course.
In the next and final part, you will learn how to use Vitamin D to boost your hair growth with ways you probably know and one way you wouldn’t imagine…!
Aaa almost forget! Take a look here where we gather the best bullet points of this article altogether! Feel free to share with your best balding buddy!
Hair Loss Treatments For Men: Vitamin D – PART 3
We can all agree by now that vitamin D is a superweapon in our war against hair loss. It is one of the most neglected hair loss treatments for men. That’s because men hear many “professionals” – some of them took the Hippocratic oath – raving bad critique against “fad nutrition magics” like “pseudo vitamin deficiencies” and “scam artists” selling supplements. Of course, in those times you should consider the motives of the person raving and shouting. Is promoting sun exposure going to make me rich?
Exactly. Is vitamin D going to boost your hair growth? Probably. If you ‘re not convinced with the studies in part 1 and part 2 of this Vitamin D series, then google “Hair Loss and Vitamin D”. You can binge all day and never find the end of the numerous studies out there, I can promise you. So, let’s say you got the point, which is my point also. Now we are going to learn why it’s important to test your vitamin D, how to fix your deficiency and how to understand if you overdid it. Yes, that can happen too! But first things first. What’s the point of testing?
Optimize your vitamin D intake by testing it first [CAUTION!]
You already know by now that you ‘ve got to be careful with the vitamin D doses. Too much of it can harm you the same way or worse as too little of it. So before you start swallowing Vitamin D pills by the tons, check first your vitamin D levels. All hair loss treatments for men can be successful ONLY when men use them properly. You should be cautious because don’t forget: Medicine, natural or not, can be toxic and deleterious wehn used improperly. Click To Tweet
But no worries! We ‘ve got you covered!
You have to use a 25(OH)D test. The ultra mighty area 51 mysterious medical advancement else called the 25-hydroxyvitamin D test (drums here). When you go to your lovely physician, he will probably assure you that: “You do not need to take the test. You are just fine. Buy my newest Big Pharma medicine!” Kidding of course (#not). Before you do the test, check the following first…
Some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can warn you in the right direction and prompt you to take action and test yourself:
- Fatigue and tiredness
- High Blood Pressure
- Excessive Perspiration
- Easy burn from sun
Do they seem familiar enough? There are basically 2 ways to do this vitamin D test, and these are the following:
Test Yourself Using The Most Simple Route [Traditional]
Go to your doctor and ask him to deliver to you a blood test called 25(OH)D test. The full name is 25-hydroxy-vitamin D test, but for better use write on a small paper the 25(OH)D and show it to your doctor.
If your doctor laughs and ironically asks you if you just find it that on the internet, pick another doctor. It’s very important to have a physician that you can trust, or else it’s like having a captain on your ship that is blind. Be very specific with the 25(OH)D because there is also another test that is not so accurate. It’s called 1,25(OH)2D test. If your physician insists in the latter, ask him/her why. But then again, the 25(OH)D is more popular anyway so you ‘re not going to have problems with that (we hope). Do you lack any trust in physicians? Then follow the next route, it’s more fun and can be done at home!
Use This Cool Way Of Measurement to Test Yourself And Feel Like A Cool Experimenter Yourself! [DIY]
Are you a geek entrepreneur or scientist lover? Do your test in the comfort of your home!
There are many out there in the US and I did not try them out as I did reside in Europe. But after some search, this test kit from vitamin D council seems valid. For our non-US fans and readers, just google it! A company that is registered as biomedical laboratory sents you a test kit after you order it online (or via call). This test kit is delivered to your front door. You open it up and you see some weird stuff. Inside the kit are:
- a blood spot card with an ID number (to identify you),
- 2 to 3 lancets,
- usually, an alcohol pad to prepare your finger prick,
- some sterile pads to prevent infection, and
- a return envelope with instructions.
Then just read the instructions of the kit. You are good to go.
Send your blood on the spot card to the laboratory and wait for the results! One small drop of blood and voila! You have only to travel to your front door and receive your package. After that send it (whatever needs delivery) back to the mail service. If you live in the US, Vitamin D Council has a popular option check them out!
As we already mentioned, when you visit your physician of your choice, choose the 25(OH)D. The 25(OH)D is highly associated with overall health markers, so if you take that one you will find how your overall health is doing regarding the vitamin D function. That’s the first step in getting things right. Then you have also another misunderstanding to avoid, which is namely the healthy vitamin D levels directed by your physician. Most physicians think that mediocre health is the best path for you. In our era of mediocrity in health status quo, normal and average are considered the new cocaine. I disagree.
“Be normal!” “Why trying for optimal?” “Stay safe and normal, it’s ok!” [email protected] that. Besides, normal in medical terms is the average of all the sick people that got themselves tested. Click To Tweet Guess what? Most of them were sick adults and grandmothers fed with an awful diet the last 25 years! Do YOU Mr. Sexy Beast want to be in that NORMAL state? It doesn’t sound safe to me. Not me sir. Unless it is the average of Marvel’s Superheroes Blood Work, I’m staying away from normal and I’m ONLY looking the optimal state! What’s the point of all this?
If the test shows less than 30 ng/ml then you are ultra-deficient and need to address this immediately! If the test shows vitamin D levels between 30-40 ng/dl you are mildly deficient. Click To Tweet Don’t let any fool – that took the Hippocratic oath lightly – that you are just fine. Don’t you want to be a top level superstar, right? Opt for 60-80 ng/ml if you want to be superstar level. Don’t believe my word, but there are superstar real doctors and health influencers, advocating the same. Why are some “professionals” misdirecting men about their OPTIMAL vitamin D levels? “But my physician says I’m OK at 40ng/dl!” Don’t let any mediocre doctor or lab scientist with mediocre mindset fool you. Of course, my rant against doctors is justified because they play games with our lives, and that is something we won’t tolerate as Boldape team. A janitor can mess up things but they are easy to fix. A doctor can make a mistake (intentionally or not) and turn your life into a living hell(prescribing medicines without trying to fix nutrition first) until premature aging and death. We are taking this science very seriously and we are open to learn and grow our scientific team. We don’t play gods here, and sure enough, we will do mistakes along the way. But spending days writing an article on why to use the vitamin D as a health ally, won’t make me wealthy like Pfizer or Bayer, I can assure you. No offense to companies like them, because they also produce medicines that help patients in need. I respect that. But here in Boldape, we advocate the natural route first. Sun, nutrition, supplements, exercise, stress management, healthy relationships, healthy goals, etc. Only if those routes do not seem to help, then yes… we can try pharma hair loss treatments for men.
GOOD NEWS: But the truth is that there are also plenty of physicians and scientists that have the person’s optimal health as a priority. These are usually the guys that also advocate you should eat specific healthy foods (veggies, fruits, roots, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish and grass-fed meats) instead of binging on the newest drug they felt in love for last week. Is it the contract with a Big Pharma or their personal mediocrity as scientists? I don’t know and you should not care either. Let them play their game. Judge motives before you buy anything.
Read Now My Personal Vitamin D Story in a “Tweeter” Paragraph And Prepare To Learn Some Cool S**t!
When I took the test the first time, I thought I was in good shape with my overall health status because I had a muscle or two. The test showed 18 ng/ml. I cried. But I was brave. Like a good boy, I took action. I consumed my pills and took semi-naked trips to the park every midday.
After 6 months I was dumbfounded! No more sickness! My energy was through the roof!
So take the test, because you never know! You want to be safe than sorry guys, your health is not a game (Call Of Duty is)!You want to bring back your mediocre vitamin D levels to healthy OPTIMAL ones. How do you do that? I got you covered! The following ways are the most efficient ones to raise your vitamin D levels and feel like a Ceasar from the planet of the apes! Ready…? Go!
Boost Your Vitamin D To Superstar Levels And Strengthen Your Hair [Use These 3 Ways]
So here we are! After only 10.000 words or some, let’s get real! Below are the magic wands, the 3 magic ways to upgrade your Vitamin D levels. Ready? Go!
Try This Often-Ignored Natural Vitamin-D Boosting Route First And Gain A Sexy Tan Too! [FREE!]
There is no better supplementation of vitamin D than that of the sun rays hitting your skin Click To Tweet. But let me first remind you how is the sun associated with your hair loss.
Limited time under the sun or absence of sun exposure on the scalp area might lead to the early humans in Europe (mid- and northern) to lose their hair so that they could absorb more sun. Bald head → larger area to absorb – thelesser than normal – available sunlight.
That’s why these humans also developed a white skin (first humans had dark skin as they originated form Africa). As men with white skin needed less vitamin D than men with darker skin, the color of their skin gradually whitened over the generations because they moved to northern grounds like Europe and Russia.
Seems crazy, but all humans are super-heroes! In a way…
*CAUTION: Some beliefs in some of our articles are based on anecdotal evidence and not based on large-scale studies. Create the filters so that you can decide for yourself what is healthy or not. . The best case scenario is to choose an openminded physician and talk with them if you have objections, which I find healthy to have. But do me a favor and do not trust EVERY physician out there.
Studies indicate that men who work outside and receive a fair amount of sun should have fewer issues with hair loss. Of course, that’s just an assumption based on the logic that vitamin D is the only denominator for hair loss, which is not true totally. These evolutionary developments were also accompanied by parallel changes of the hair strands. Men with darker skin have usually more curly hair than guys with white skin. That also makes sense because curly hair seems to block the sun rays easily preventing scalp skin burn, whereas straight hair can be penetrated easily (need for the few sun rays that northern men were exposed to). Of course, there are exceptions, but the norm seems to be that way. This is just a theory, but we should definitely ask ourselves why black guys have different hair strands than white guys? Their main difference is that each race had a different continent as a heritage. Africa for black guys and Europe for white guys.The big difference between those 2 is the sun exposure and temperature.
Let’s take a closer look at the UVB exposure and absorption – relevant factors are:
- Time of the day
- Time of the year
- Sun Rays Angle (midday is better for UVB absorption)
- Clouds in the Sky
- Smog or pollution of atmosphere
- Skin Melanin
- Sunscreen Use
Vitamin D deficiency was something rare in the old days. People got out.
Seems gay, doesn’ t it? Nevertheless, gymnastics and gym are derived from the Greek word “Gymnos” meaning “naked”. People enjoyed the sky. No, not the sky in your smartphone’s top Jenga game. The real one. Yes, that with the real yellow sun (note to self)! In today’s cubicle centered world, you can’t be under the sun enough and your body suffers as a consequence of that. But if you have a park nearby, then I would suggest you should go there and take off your shirt, instead of going and eating your crappy lunch that your company provides. POSITIVE WARNING: If a girl you like has vitamin D deficiency urge her to take her shirt off and enjoy the vitamin D gift with you! You will enjoy also. Not the sun per se. Send her this article to read! Kidding. (#not_really) Consider sun as the best source of vitamin D out there. It’s UVB wavelengths are miraculous. Your skin can’t get enough of them (that’s a lie, don’t sit 3 hours straight under the sun)! Sun will provide you the ability to create vitamin D for yourself following the natural cycles of your body. This vitamin D, derived from cholesterol, will be hundreds of times more efficient than supplements. As we will discuss in a short notice, supplements are the second choice, not the first for that reason alone. Did I mention that sun is free, whereas supplements cost around $15 / month? So, again, TAKE YOUR DAMN SHIRT OFF. Don’t be ashamed of your body, and if you do, get down and take 10 pushups now! Or better yet, make those BURBIES!
But keep in mind also this: vitamin D will help you build muscles easier than without it! Two birds with one stone! Take off your shirt and do calisthenics at the park. Best combo ever. But before we move on to supplements, let me explain some basic things you need to consider before you try the sun therapy:
- The secret here is to GRADUALLY expose your skin under the sun. Don’t go all in! If your skin has not “seen” the sun, going to the beach for 4 hours at midday is not the best of ideas. When you expose your skin gradually to the sun, you will not only raise your vitamin D levels but also protect yourself from skin cancer formation.
- Our lovely fireball in the sky emits two kinds of wavelengths: UVA and UVB. These are hitting Earth at different times per day. Your skin requires mostly UVB to synthesize vitamin D.
- The best time to get that UVB is midday, between 12 pm and 2 pm (depends on where you live). Theta’s when UVB is more abundant, so you can stay under the sunless time and be time efficient. 15 to 30 minutes will do the job just fine. Begin with 15 minutes and build gradually from there.
- If you can use sun therapy only in the morning or late afternoon, then aim for higher time sessions. Try 30-45 minutes and gradually stay as much as 60 minutes. The same time frame holds true if your skin is dark (South American, South Asian, Mediterranean or African heritage).
- Protect your eyes because their participation in vitamin D production is minimal, whereas their ability to lose tightness and develop wrinkles is great! Wear sunglasses or a cap. You can also use sunscreen for eyes, but use only biological ones with natural compounds. If you do not find anything like that, create your own!
- Don’t shower after your sun exposure, because that way you will wash away all the vitamin D3 created by your skin. If you want to shower because you can’t handle your odor, wait for 60 minutes first.
Before we move to the next vitamin D solution, let me explain myself with that bath “nonsense”. [I can read your thoughts, I’m an X-man or as my ex-girlfriend used to say after a couple-fight “You ‘re an EX-MAN, you @$%#^$!”] UVB strikes your skin. Then something unexpected happens.
Your skin opens up its pores and welcomes these sun rays. After that, your body converts a cholesterol derivative into vitamin D3. Yes, the cholesterol that is “bad” for you (like all things in life, too much of a good thing is a bad thing).
Do you want me to share with you a secret?
Ok, here it is:
Vitamin D3 wants to hang out for a while on your skin and explore its surface before it gets absorbed into your blood stream.
After that, it decides to penetrate, like good old-fashioned Rocco Siffredi and gets into the bloodstream. That can take a few hours up to two days (!!) to completely be absorbed. From then on it goes to the kidneys and your liver for specific actions so that it can help you BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF.
That last one is a quote from this guy:
No he is not a psycho… I think so. But let’s move on. “That’s great, but I live in Boston / Canada / New York / Washington / some Northern State Of America / Scandinavia / Alps /…!” Ok, amigos? Remember! The darker your skin, the bigger the need for vitamin D. Click To Tweet Move on to the classic way of boosting these vitaminas senioritas to the sky!
Of course, most men like you and me, are not going to work naked or have the luxury of a park 1 minute away from home/work. So the sun is out of the equation, and the tanning bed seems to be quite expensive in time and money. So how are you going to ‘cover’ for your vitamin D deficiency? Vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D council declares that you should supplement yourself with 5.000-10.000 IU(International Units) vitamin D3 daily if you want to function optimally. The reality is that we don’t know exactly how much is the proper dosage for every manin here, but 5.000 IU is a good start if you ‘re working inside all the time and do not see the sun too often. Some trustworthy experts recommend intake of 4.000 to 8.000 IU per day when deficient. So you got the point. For men that are not deficient the dose drops down to 800 – 2.000 IU per day, but those recommendations should be flexible because there is still a lot to learn about vitamin D doses… Another good suggestion to follow is that for every 25 pounds of your weight(on Earth, not on Mars you cheaters..), you should supplement with 1000IU of vitamin D. Of course, before you start supplementing with vitamin D pills, first take your 25(OH)D test and find out how deficient you are. Most probably you are deficient unless you are my Jamaican Boldaper with pina colada under the sun all day. If that’s the case, we salute you. But for most of us, not so much. We live in the Great Cities of our Great Civilization! So, do your test first to be sure, but consider taking some vitamin D supplements for sure! Don’t get sad about your baldness, take action starting with vitamin D.
Take them in the morning. It’s best for your metabolism and vitamin D absorption, throughout the day. Also consider the fact that you should supplement with vitamin K2 (butter, other food, or pills) if suddenly raise your vitamin D intake from nothing(400-800 IU) to something (2.000-8.000 IU). This is very important to keep it in mind. Ask your physician too. He may agree. If not, FIRE HIS DAMN ASS (Ahhh, that’s beautiful to say, I’m officially an addict of this phrase). Last but not least, if your diet is high in vitamin A, then it’s usually difficult for you to overdose on vitamin D. More on this here. Note: Like all things in science, caution must be advised. We don’t know for sure the optimal ratio of vitamin D and vitamin K2 for each man out there. But the general recommendation to start with is that for every 1000 IU’s of vitamin D3 you consume, consider also taking 150-200 micrograms of vitamin K2.
This is the best thing after sliced bread for bio-hackers and health crusaders. If that’s you, then proceed with caution.
This is a great alternative to the sun if it’s used properly. Why? Because it’s a simulation of it. That said, caution is advised throughout the research and application of tanning beds. Below are some great points.
- A study on melanoma (skin cancer) and tanning bed usage, concluded in favor of tanning bed use. They said that tanning bed not only was harmless but when used right, decreased up to tenfold cancer formation of the skin and more.
- Some data from mainstream media are against tanning beds. These media declare that tanning beds are associated with melanoma formation risk as much as 75% when used before the age of 35. But like all things, you ‘ve got to take the factor of relative risk ratio. Relative means that people using tanning beds are compared with other people using tanning beds. The absolute risk is when people who use tanning beds are compared with people who do not use tanning beds. The absolute risk of getting melanoma when using a tanning bed is 0.2-0.3 % when factored that you do overuse of the tanning bed. But if you do overuse of the sun, you have the same risk, so it’s not the tanning bed per se, but your wrong use of it. So gradually staying more can be acceptable, but read carefully first. Here’s a good guide on how to use tanning beds safely for vitamin D absorption.
- Prefer going for more frequent and less intense sessions. Almost daily 5 minutes sessions are better than one 20-minute session at the weekend.
- Daily Vitamin D produced by UV light exposure is one of the main predictors of survival rates among patients with melanoma.
So, use the tanning bed wisely. Remember, overuse can be the same or worse than under use. Be strategic here. Also don’t even think about make tanning beds a substitute for sun. Sun exposure must be a daily habit for you, even if you just expose your arms and eyes.
[BONUS!] Want To Add A Safe Net In Case Other Vitamin D Routes Don’t Go Well Some Days? [Good For Testosterone Too]
Nutrition is very important if you want your hair strands to stay with you. Ok, the truth is that foods are not the best if you want to take high amounts of vitamin D3. Most of them, contain the vitamin D2 form – not very active – which must be then transformed into D3 via the kidneys, but in the process of doing so, you lose some amounts. And trust me, it’s difficult to overload with vitamin D just by eating. So you got the point. Nutrition won't give you as much Vitamin D as you need. Click To Tweet But sure enough why not adding a small pinch of vitamin D3 if you can? Although the amount is just a little bit, you should eat vitamin D boosting foods.
- foods fortified with vitamin D
I would not recommend the last point because most of the fortified foods are grains or juices with loads of sugars in them! So avoid them if you can! As I already mentioned, nutrition enhance your vitamin D intake, but only just a bit. So the conclusion is that you cannot overdose on vitamin D coming from nutrition derived from food. But what if you are jacked up in Vitamin D because of supplement overuse and TOO MUCH skin exposure??
Overdosing on Vitamin D?
If you take more vitamin D than you need, you might experience symptoms like:
- Poor appetite
- Arrhythmia (Heart Rythm Not Normal)
- Mental Confusion
If you see any sign of the aforementioned, then cut back on your dose and preferably do a 25(OH)D test again to check if you are in the danger zone (+100 ng/ml).
But don’t let that scare you. Just check your vitamin D every 3 months with your trusted physician so that you can find the best dosage for you. Then you don’t need to check at all, because you will know the doses for years to come. Usually if you find the proper dosage for you, you can stay with it for 5 years at least, before taking another vitamin D test. It takes a while for your body to change its needs, so 5 years is a safe bet.
There is enough available evidence to suggest that a vitamin D deficiency can have a significant negative impact on the body, including hair loss, thinning hair, and unhealthy or brittle hair. Maintaining a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and getting a safe amount of sunlight will help ensure optimal levels, but some people may require the use of available vitamin D supplements. I do not believe that supplementing with vitamin D only can promote hair growth for the vast majority of people… Do I believe supplementing D is a good idea for your hair? Yes !
It has other health benefits and may help various hair growth treatments work better. But that too has yet to be proven. I appreciate this is a tough concept and doesn’t always make a great deal of sense at first. If low vitamin D has a role in hair growth and my levels are low… why not supplement it? What do you have to lose!?? I always supplement vitamin D when low but it is far too big of a jump to conclude that alone is sufficient to grow hair. To figure out the cure for baldness, obviously, the first step is to figure out the cause. I think by now you have understood that hair loss is a disease fought on multiple fronts and you need multiple weapons. Vitamin D is most probably one of them.
Use it before you lose it.
p.s: Share this article with your best balding friend so that he can also learn these important hormone for his hair!
Special Thanks To
- US National Center for Biotechnology Information & National Library Of Medicine
- Vitamin D Council
- The Wall Street Journal
- Live Strong Team
- Health Line Team
- Prevention Team
- Belgravia Center Team
- Hair Loss Revolution Team
- Top Hair Loss Treatments Team
- Nicehair Team
- The Atlantic Team
- Real Self Team
- Dr. Mercola
- Dr. Axe
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