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Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) & Accidental Hair Regrowth: Studies, Anecdotes, & Photos

Stool transplants – also known as fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) – are a controversial therapy reserved for life-threatening bacterial infections and autoimmune disorders. Fascinatingly, people who’ve undergone stool transplants have later reported unintended benefits: weight loss, less acne, personality improvements, and even hair regrowth. At face value, a connection between stool transplants and hair loss …

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The Microbiome and Hair Loss: A Scientific Review [2021]

Can the bacteria inside of our guts affect hair loss? It’s possible. Studies now link changes to our gut bacteria (i.e., the microbiome) to hair loss disorders such as alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and maybe even androgenic alopecia (pattern hair loss). In this article, we’ll dive into the science surrounding the microbiome, its connections to …

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Helminthic Therapy (Hookworms) for Hair Loss? A Scientific Review

Helminth for Hair Loss

Helminths are parasitic worms that live in our intestines. Once maligned by the medical field (and eradicated in most of the developed world), studies now suggest that helminthic worms may have “co-evolved” with humans. They might even help regulate our gut flora, immune systems, and hormones. Today, researchers are wondering if the absence of helminths …

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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Hair Loss: Fact or Fiction?

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Loss

Apple cider vinegar for hair growth? My failed experiment Ten years ago, I decided to start rubbing apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my bald spot every night. Why? I’d read on a hair loss forum that ACV was a powerful health tonic – and that its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties might help regrow hair. My experiment …

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Vitamin B1 for Hair Loss: Good or Bad for Hair Loss?

Vitamin B1 Thiamine Hair Loss

Vitamin B1 – also known as thiamin (or thiamine) – is part of the B-vitamin complex. Marketers claim that vitamin B1 can help support healthy hair growth, reduce hair shedding, and even prevent hair loss. Then again, marketers also make the same claims about B-vitamins like biotin, niacin, and vitamin B12. And typically, the claims …

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Calcium’s Role In Hair Loss? It’s Complicated.

The calcium-hair loss connection The connection between calcium and hair loss isn’t straightforward. On the one hand, no studies have directly examined the relationship between calcium and hair loss. On the other hand, calcium imbalances are common in chronic conditions linked to hair shedding. So, what’s the verdict on the calcium-hair loss connection? Can low …

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Reishi Mushroom For Hair Loss: The Problem With This DHT Blocker

Reishi Mushroom for AGA

A deep dive into the evidence: reishi mushroom for hair loss Reishi mushroom – a kidney-shaped fungi – is known in health circles for its immune-enhancing properties. More recently, researchers have found that reishi mushroom can help lower levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the hormone implicated in pattern hair loss. This has led people to …

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Vitamin B12, Hair Loss, & Methylation: Does This Vitamin Improve Hair Growth?

Does vitamin B12 improve hair growth? Supplement companies say yes, but scientific studies reveal a much murkier (and nuanced) relationship between vitamin B12, hair loss, and hair growth… one you’ll want to understand before you start supplementing. In this article, we’ll dive into the arguments for and against a connection between vitamin B12 and hair growth. We’ll explore …

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Selenium & Hair Loss: How This Mineral Hurts (And Helps) Our Hair

Selenium is a trace mineral included in many hair health supplements. Why? According to supplement makers, selenium helps support the thyroid. And since poor thyroid health is linked to hair loss, selenium may help you “cover your bases” – all to keep your thyroid humming and your hair growing. But is this really true? Does …

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Vitamin E For Hair Loss: Fact Versus Fiction (Tocopherols & Tocotrienols)

Vitamin E is a cornerstone ingredient in many cosmetic products – especially those marketed to people with hair loss. The rationale from marketers of supplements and topicals? That vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, protects our hair from free radicals, and is clinically studied to improve hair loss outcomes. So, is there any truth to …

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