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Can Iron Deficiency Cause Hair Loss?

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 Dr Batra’s™  September 27, 2021

Is your hair starting to look thin and scanty? Or is it brittle and dry all of a sudden? Dealing with hair fall and dry hair can be stressful. Nutritional deficiencies can result in your hair starting to fall out and look brittle. In both men and women, one of the main causes of hair loss is iron deficiency. A balanced diet that is filled with essential vitamins and minerals is the key to maintaining healthy hair growth. Restrictive diets, rapid weight loss or medical conditions may also lead to iron deficiencies. With the right treatment and a few lifestyle changes, hair loss that is caused due to iron deficiency can be controlled.

What is the link between iron deficiency and hair loss?

Iron helps to boost energy levels, nourish your muscles and also helps your immune system. In other words, it is crucial for your overall functioning and well-being. With low levels of iron, your body is unable to produce hemoglobin (red blood cells). These are the cells that carry oxygen around your body, allowing them to function. When there is a shortage of iron, your body channels its available supply of oxygen to the vital organs instead of your hair follicles. Without iron, your hair follicles are unable to function properly. This disturbs healthy hair growth and leads to hair fall.

Moreover, there are many studies that have linked hair loss with calorie restriction, nutrition deficiencies and psychological tension. In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, 180 women were observed for hair loss problems. The most common cause of hair loss in women was due to iron deficiency and stress. When suffering from hair loss due to iron deficiency, it usually affects your hairline and causes hair thinning. It is also known as telogen effluvium - a type of hair loss. However, in most cases, iron deficiency remains undetected.

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Pale skin
  • Faster then normal heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold hand and feet
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails and hair loss

Due to menstruation, iron deficiency is more prevalent in women of a childbearing age and less common in men. If you are worried that your hair fall might be caused by an iron deficiency, it is best to consult your doctor. Over the counter iron supplements are often the first choice of treatment but it is only recommended that you take them under the supervision of a doctor. Unless your doctor has diagnosed you with iron deficiency, iron supplements can be dangerous to your health. A safer way is to include iron-rich foods, such as tofu, lentils, beans, red meat, spinach, raisins or dates.

Moreover, there can be other reasons for your hair loss too. To understand the underlying reason for your hair loss, doctors can make the diagnosis based on the symptoms or appearance of the hair. To make sure of the diagnosis, a ferritin level blood test may also be suggested. This blood test will help measure the levels of iron in your body.


Many clinical trials and studies have found that homeopathic medicines offer excellent hair fall treatment. A study published in the Journal of Recent Advances in Applied Science, indicated that within 6 months, homeopathy showed positive results in the treatment of hair problems. To have increased effectiveness and no-side effects, homeopathic hair treatments are customized.

Homeopathic Hair Treatment at Dr Batra’s® Clinic

Homeopathic medicines are safe, effective and provide long-lasting results. At Dr Batra’s®, our homeopathic doctors provide the best results by combining the latest scientific innovations and homeopathic medicines. The homeopathic hair experts use the medical science of homeopathy to understand the patient’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Our expert homeopathic doctors evaluate a patient and identify the underlying cause of hair loss to match them with homeopathic remedies. Our homeopathic treatment incorporates homeopathic medicines, diet and hair care tips. With over 35 years of experience, Dr Batra’s® is a trusted name in treating all hair problems. Book an appointment with us, to get an individualized, effective and safe hair treatment:

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