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Magnesium for Hair Growth

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There is a lot of interest in the benefits of magnesium. It turns out that we might want to look to magnesium for hair growth too! While many of us are getting more calcium than we need, a majority of us might be magnesium deficient.

…most cases of magnesium deficiency are undiagnosed. Furthermore, because of chronic diseases, medications, decreases in food crop magnesium contents, and the availability of refined and processed foods, the vast majority of people in modern societies are at risk for magnesium deficiency. 

Open Heart; the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society.

There are lots of theories that calcium might block hair growth but nothing conclusive. Nevertheless, if you are suffering from hair loss, it might be wise to make sure you are getting enough magnesium. It is my inexpert understanding that we need magnesium to handle calcium. Maybe some of us aren’t getting enough magnesium to handle it. There is a possibility that a lack of enough magnesium might cause a calcium buildup in hair follicles.

No matter what is eventually learned about calcium and hair loss, I urge people to make sure they get enough magnesium in their diet. This is important to me because of a startling health experience I had.

At the same time, I alternatively urge people to not overdue taking supplements as too much of many of these so-called helpful supplements might have bad impact on health, including on the health of hair growth. Please read this study on other Vitamins and Supplements

Calcium Buildup May Cause Hair Loss

True, some people advise calcium supplements for hair loss. In fact the Mayo Clinic points to poor nutrition as a possible cause of baldness. A Livestrong’s article called “Calcium and Hair Loss”  interprets this to mean those suffering from alopecia should take calcium supplements. There is evidence that menopausal women who are deficient in calcium are also struggling with hair loss. Since hair is made up of a high level of calcium, some conclude that calcium supplements might help.

In fact there is some evidence that too much calcium without other balancing vitamins may in fact harm hair growth. See this great article by Jon Barron on the deleterious effect of too much calcium in his very thorough article Killer Calcium?

Magnesium Supplementation the Answer?

Frankly, I don’t know if someone should take magnesium supplements. Magnesium supplements may have negative impacts. I know it causes many people diarrhea and it depends on the type. However, I am so convinced that due to the lack of magnesium in our soil and our food, we need to consider our magnesium levels carefully. There is some strong evidence that magnesium can be absorbed through skin. And while this is a somewhat controversial theory, the universal use of Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate) as a remedy for achy muscles is a strong argument for the acceptance of Magnesium being absorbed through the skin.

I so strongly believe in the benefits of topical magnesium that I make a Magnesium Oil. This is also why I include Magnesium it in my Healthy Scalp Hair Growth Lotion. I think the Magnesium will help, even if it is in no other way than to help dissolve calcium buildup on the scalp or in hair follicles.

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