The Link Between Iron Deficiency and Hairloss


Did you know that iron deficiency is one of the causes of hairloss?  Read on to learn more about the link between iron deficiency and hairloss.

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Iron deficiency and hairloss: what is the connection?

The hair and scalp need essential nutrients to function properly. One of these nutrients is iron. Iron produces hemoglobin in the blood, which carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in the body. This includes the cells that make up hair follicles.

If you don’t get enough iron in your diet or—in the case of women—experience heavy periods, you may be prone to iron deficiency anemia. This is a condition where the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells that transport oxygen to the body. This, in turn, affects the hair growth cycle.

 Temporary hairloss brought about by conditions like iron deficiency anemia is called telogen effluvium. This is an abnormality of the hair growth cycle that causes hair that would normally be in the growing phase (anagen) to be prematurely pushed into the resting phase (telogen). When this happens, the affected hair falls out.

Telogen effluvium is usually temporary if you address the cause right away.


If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency or if you want to increase hair-boosting nutrients in your diet, you have to eat more iron-rich food like beef, liver, spinach, beans, lentils, tofu, and prunes. You can also take a dietary supplement with iron.

In addition, you can also increase your intake of Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Good sources of Vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, red peppers, and spinach.

As soon as you notice signs of hairloss, see a trusted hairloss expert found at Svenson who will advise you on what treatment program works best for you. Call us at (02) 892-4247 or text/viber us at 0917-501-4915 to book your free consultation.