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:
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!
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:
Diabetes Type II
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.
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.
Cu in Part 2 with more info on how balding is associated with Vitamin D and many more.
Special thanks to:
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Bikle, D. D., Tu, C., & Oda, Y. (2015). Calcium and Vitamin D Signalling in the Epidermal Response to Wounding [Abstract]. Immunology‚ Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry IEMAMC, 14(3), 128-136. doi:10.2174/187152221403150521104752
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