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What Healthy Food Could Be Contributing To Your Hair Loss?

Hair loss is a problem that affects most people around the world, and it is a growing figure with more and more people turning to hair clinics like ours. In the U.K. alone, it’s estimated that about 8 million women suffer from hair loss. However, it is also a growing concern for men. Although seemingly a rare thing, a small amount of hair loss is actually a very common part of the life cycle of hair follicles, as most people can actually lose up to 50-100 hairs a day without even realising it. Research has also found that 1 in 8 women under 35 are experiencing hair loss, but not all seek treatment, preferring to suffer in silence rather than turn to beneficial medical treatments. Hair loss can also lead to a considerable dip in self-confidence and affect your self-image leading to forms of depression and anxiety. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, and hair loss can be dealt with effectively if you get to the root cause of the issue. Let’s take a look at what the causes of hair loss are and what sneaky superfood might be behind it all?

What Can Cause Hair Loss?

Hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons. It could be down to your genetics, the amount of stress you have, the lifestyle you lead, how you take care of your hair, or even as researchers have now discovered, the food you are consuming! Some causes of hair loss can be easy to spot; feeling stressed out at work, not exercising enough, or not washing your hair for weeks. That said, some forms of hair loss are harder to spot, and when it comes to diet, you are bound to be shocked!

What Superfood Could Be Causing Your Hair Loss?

It is a well-known fact that your dietary lifestyle affects the way you feel and look, which in turn can affect the feel of not only your skin but also your hair quality and feel. So what food, in particular, could be causing this?

A recent study in the U.S.A has found that high levels of mercury present in seafood, in particular, have caused reversible effects on hair loss. The study has discovered that lowering your consumption of tuna, in particular, can help to get your locks looking luscious again and can contribute to a lower rate of hair loss. That’s right, tuna!

Tuna, although seemingly just a simple superfood, due to its rich density of proteins, healthy fats, and omega 3, actually contains a high amount of mercury, which over time and with overconsumption, could be a leading cause for your hair loss. Now, the levels of mercury are not so high that you will get hurt or poisoned in any way, but they are high enough, over enough time, to damage the growth and health of your hair!

Other foods that you should look to avoid or lower your consumption of to reduce hair loss are; swordfish and mackerel, as these foods also contain high levels of mercury.

What To Do?

So now we know that tuna, and some other seafood can affect the health of our hair, how do we prevent it? Well, the solution is easy, simply consume less! We’ve discussed how the high levels of mercury in tuna can affect your hair, but there are many benefits to this superfood, especially the abundance of omega 3. We shouldn’t cut out this food from our lives completely, rather reduce it, and eat it in moderation. The solutions to hair loss, like most medical conditions, are often not as simple as taking one action, but instead, combine a shift of multiple changes and could even include surgery. When it comes to fish, eating the NHS’s recommended maximum of 2 portions a week, should keep your hair healthy, and your mercury levels low. As for other seafood, make sure you’re sticking to the same 2 portions a week rule, and your hair could benefit.


If you are concerned about hair loss, sudden shedding, or anything related to hair loss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here at Vinci Hair Clinic, we are leading experts in hair restoration, and we specialise in using innovative methods for clients just like you! If you are looking for more options regardless of whether your condition is genetic or untreatable, we want you to know that there are options out there for you.

We have created a safe and inclusive space for all men and women where you feel empowered by offering hair transplant surgeries and micro-scalp pigmentation. These groundbreaking techniques can help to restore your hairline, maintain your natural hair or even help to thicken the look and feel of your hair. Contact Vinci Hair Clinic today and set up a consultation. No one has to suffer needlessly! We look forward to helping you begin your journey to a healthier, happier you on your hair regrowth journey!

Resource Links:

Hair Loss – Telegraph


The Worst Foods To Eat For Hair Loss- Eat This, Not That.