Zinc helps with building new cells, balancing hormones and help your body make use of protein. In males, it can help with balding, since zinc* is needed for DHT regulation (male hormone).
Those who have thyroid issues may witness hair loss, which is one of the top reasons why they turn to kelp — it’s packed with iodine, which is excellent for thyroid health and reversing hair loss effects.
There are some folks who struggle with hair thinning without having any known health conditions. This is mainly due to l-lycine deficiency, an amino acid. Once again, kelp saves the day by providing your body with this amino acid.
Adding kelp to your daily regimens
There are different ways you can use sea kelp to help with your health and hair growth. You can either buy the powder form of it and add it to your smoothies, or even add it to your soups. The Japanese like to add it to their miso soup and sushi.
I’ve personally used kelp in smoothies and have also purchased it in flake form and sprinkled it on top of my dinnertime veggies. The other option for taking it internally is in pill form. If you decide to go with kelp supplements*, make sure that it is 100% kelp.
Some people even use it externally, adding it to their hair growth treatments, shampoos and conditioners. It’s believed that it strengthens, nourishes and protects your hair from damage caused by pollution. This is because it is high in laminaria angustata, which can help to thicken hair and promote growth in your hair follicle’s outer sheath.
However, in order to get the full effects of kelp, it’s best to take it internally. You can mix it with other nutritious seaweeds like I do, such as bladderwrack, Irish moss, dulse and nori.
Just make sure that you are buying from a reputable seller that offers non-irradiated forms of the seaweeds. I only purchase 100% powders, never mixed. I mix them myself once I receive the packages.
Since I changed my diet in 2008, my intake of seaweeds has increased, which is why I believe I saw such fast growth with my own hair.
Even my husband, who was having balding in the middle of his head, saw growth after our diet change. I’m no skeptic when it comes to the abilities of kelp and other seaweeds to promote hair growth, especially if you have deficiencies and glandular disorders.
Are you currently dealing with stunted hair growth or hair thinning? Have you tried kelp or other seaweeds?