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:
 

But no worries! We ‘ve got you covered!

You have to use a 25(OH)D testThe 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
 
  • Aches
 
  • Weakness
 
  • High Blood Pressure
 
  • Depression
 
  • 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!
stock photo by alamy.com
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!
 

Do Yourself A Favor By Being Aware Of The Healthy Vitamin-D Blood Levels! [Most Doctors Ignore Those!]

 
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 physicianMost 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!”
 
 
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!
 
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!]

 
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!
 
 
Move on to the classic way of boosting these vitaminas senioritas to the sky! 
 

Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels With This Famous Way And Be Vitamin D Superman Even In Winter-time [Works Well For Northern Countries]

 
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 man in 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.
 

Boost Your Vitamin D In This Unconventional Way To Strengthen Your HairLine And Be Tanned 365 Days Per Year! [For Geeks And Biohackers Only!]

 

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]

 
 
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.
 
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.
 
These include:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • 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:
 
  • Nausea
 
  • Vomiting
 
  • Poor appetite
 
  • Constipation
 
  • Weakness
 
  • 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.
 
 

Let me share my last thoughts with you on Vitamin D and Hair Loss…

 
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:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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