Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

I took the Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails supplement for about a month to try to cure my alopecia universalis. This is my opinion of the product.

Name: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Website: Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Price: $23.50
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamin Supplement, Product Overview

This is a combination of vitamins that are thought to nourish the hair follicles, skin, and nails. Many people rely on this supplement to strengthen their nails and encourage their hair to grow stronger. This supplement comes as 150 rapid-release liquid soft gels.

The softgels feature 5000 mcg of biotin to support good hair and healthy nails. It also has a daily dose of vitamin C & vitamin E to support glowing skin in the person taking the supplement. The B vitamins in this product help with energy metabolism and vitamin A assists with overall health.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: Easy to take softgels. There is no gross flavor.
PRO #2: Inexpensive. The product is less than a dollar per day.
PRO #3: Produces some results even for people who don’t have hair.

The Bad:

CON #1: Contains ingredients that are not beneficial for people with autoimmune conditions including soybean oil, vegetable glycerin, soy lecithin, carmine color, mica, silica, titanium dioxide color. These additives can be problematic for someone who has an autoimmune disease.
CON #2: Accidental overdose will cause vomiting.

Who is Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails For?

This product is probably ideal for someone who is experiencing hair thinning but does not have any other major health conditions. It is also good for someone who wants to strengthen their nails because they are weak and chipping.

Nature’s Bounty Tools & Training

While taking a daily vitamin is not difficult, Nature’s Bounty does provide information on their website about Beauty, Food & Vitamins. You can find a lot of beauty tips and good information on their website. They will recommend other supplements for you as well.

Nature’s Bounty Support

Nature’s Bounty has customer service representatives that will answer your questions about the product. You can use this contact form to get in touch with them if you have a question about drug interactions, dosing, medical conditions, and vitamin product information.

The Hair, Skin, and Nails Price

The cost of the hair, skin and nails vitamins for a one-month supply is $23.50. This is fairly reasonable and most middle-class families can afford to buy this supplement. The cost is actually on the lower end for hair supplements. There are some more natural supplements that cost three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails

I would continue to take this product if it weren’t for the fact that it has some fillers that are bad for people with autoimmune diseases. It is not recommended in the online hair n’ heal coaching program that I joined, so I won’t try taking it again for at least two months.

I do think that these vitamins played a role in helping to regrow my vellus eyelashes on the bottom eyelids. I was definitely encouraged and saw other people saying that it takes about 4 months to see real progress. Unfortunately, I found this other program that is specifically targeted to the autoimmune hair loss that I currently have.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails at a Glance…

Name: Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins

Website: NaturesBounty.com
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Price: $23.50
Overall Scam Rank: 80 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do think that these vitamins are priced reasonably and will produce results for most people if they continue to take them. I purchased them because I was tired of taking the Purify gummies. I think I simply prefer to swallow my vitamins!

Living with Alopecia Universalis

My life changed drastically the day that I felt a patch of skin as I ran my fingers through my hair. It was a quarter-sized bald patch. I got a pit in my stomach as I knew that my sister’s alopecia Universalis had started this way just eight years earlier. Mentally, I had a plan for what I would do if hair loss ever happened to me. I knew I was going to throw all the medical cures at it I could, but in the end, autoimmune hair loss isn’t the easiest thing to cure.

I started with the cortisone injections and moved on to the oral steroids. They worked, but they weren’t sustainable. I had to stop taking them in order to have my blood tested accurately for thyroid hormones. As soon as I stopped the steroids, my hair fell out. I made the decision to treat it holistically and just wear a wig.

So now, I have tried half a dozen diets, a few different exercise programs, acupuncture, and biofeedback. My health feels better than most people my age. I never get sick and I have plenty of energy. But I still don’t have hair.

What’s it like to be a bald woman?

It isn’t always fun to be bald. In fact, it almost never is fun. But I try to look on the bright side. I never have a bad hair day with my fake wigs. I haven’t had to shave my legs in twelve years. I can change up my hair color and length based on my mood.

I’m no longer clogging the bathtub drain with my hair. I have saved a ton of money on shampoo and conditioner. (I do wash my wigs, but not nearly as often as I had been washing my hair.)

The cons of being bald

I’m always a little concerned that my hair will fall off and I’ll be embarrassed on a date. The elastic on my wig rubs my neck and starts to hurt after a while. I don’t like to draw attention to my hair and have people comment on my new “cut,” so I try to remember which wig that I wore and where I wore it. That can be difficult at times.

I actually don’t like wearing my wig after a few hours, so I have a bunch of cotton hats that keep my head warm. My favorite type of hats are the Headcovers three seam caps. They fit snugly and keep my head warm.

Losing My Eyebrows

I absolutely hated losing my eyebrows. I had another friend with Alopecia Universalis who told me about eyebrow tattoos. I decided to do those. I intended on tattooing eyeliner on, but after I had the eyebrow tattoos done, I decided I could apply my own eyeliner. It was too painful.

I’m not much of a make-up girl, but every day I apply two lines of eyebrow pencil to my face. I take a black eyeliner pencil and outline my eyes so people won’t notice that I don’t have eyelashes. It takes about two minutes. I’m rather lucky that my skin looks healthy otherwise and I don’t need foundation and all that jazz.

If I don’t apply the eye makeup, I look really washed out. It does help me to look much healthier. I feel a bit more confident with the eye makeup on.

Wearing Wigs

I started wearing wigs while my hair was falling out. Paula Young has volumizers that I purchased when my hair was still in the patchy loss phase. They helped to cover the bald spots and gave me great-looking hair. It was fake, of course, but I liked the way that I looked.

Paula Young has inexpensive wigs and I’m pretty cheap when it comes to beauty products. It took me a year or two before I invested in human hair wigs. I was so happy when I did because they felt so much softer against my skin. They also looked a little better. (But most people don’t even notice unless they are hairstylists.)

I recently decided to try a headband wig from Paula Young. It is so fun with the beachy waves. I do like the feel of the headband against my skin instead of the typical wig construction. It fits snugly. The volume feels a bit 80’s to me. My natural hair was stick straight, so it is quite the adjustment but kind of fun.

Paula Young headband wig
Paula Young headband wig

Finding an Alopecia Universalis Cure

At some point, I realized that I couldn’t focus all my attention on finding an alopecia Universalis cure. I was getting disappointed by the things that I was trying. However, I recently came across Alopecia Angel online. She sells a program to help people with autoimmune hair loss. I will start her program in January.

I’m pretty excited to find someone who has had success helping people who have had complete hair loss. All the other treatments that I’ve tried haven’t been too optimistic about healing hair loss that is from an autoimmune disease and over a decade long.

I’m very hopeful and plan on blogging about Alopecia Angel’s program. If it works, I want other people with alopecia to know about it. If it doesn’t, I want to give others a fair warning.

Check out my Plan to Cure Alopecia Universalis as it stands today.

Purify Life – Hair Skin Nails Vitamins Review

Purify Life Biotin Gummies Review

Do the hair skin nails vitamins from Purify Life do what they claim? I took them for a month and discovered that they do help with hair growth!

Name: Purify Life Hair, Skin and Nails Biotin Vitamins
Website: https://amzn.to/32qEy0Q
Price: $18.45
Owners: Purify Life
Overall Rank: 70 out of 100

Biotin Gummies, Product Overview

These biotin gummies are created to help people with weak nails, cracking nails, and split ends. The vitamin formulation also helps people who have dull skin, and breaking hair.

The ingredients include 5000 mcg of biotin, vitamin A, C, D3, E B6, Folic Acid, B12, Choline, Inositol, Zinc, Iodine, Malt Syrup, Pectin, Sugar, Glucose, citric acid, sodium citrate, some natural flavors, and vegetable oil.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: These are all ingredients that are typically deficient in people who have hair loss.

PRO #2: Vitamin D and vitamin C can help prevent the common cold as well as encourage hair loss.

PRO #3: They are delicious and easy to take. The vitamins taste like gummy candies.

The Bad:

CON #1: It can be easy to overeat the gummies and make yourself sick.

CON #2: The vitamins are not natural. You may not absorb them properly.

Who are the Purify Life Biotin Gummies For?

The people who may benefit from taking gummy vitamins are probably little kids who can’t swallow regular capsules. While I enjoyed the flavor of the gummies the first few days of taking them, I actually got sick from taking too many one day and they made me throw up.

I did tire of the taste of the gummies around week two and ordered another brand’s hair, skin, and nails vitamins.

Biotin Gummies Tools & Training

Follow the instructions on the container. Do not take too many. It will upset your stomach and you will end up throwing up. Many people claim that you can’t overdose on B vitamins, but you can.

Purify Life Biotin Gummies Price

The cost is $18.45 for a 45 day supply. I found this to be very reasonable at $.41 per day.

My Final Opinion of Purify Life Biotin Gummies

I actually did not finish this bottle. I do think that they may work. I started taking these vitamins at the same time I incorporated some other things into my diet and started breaking out. I may have assumed initially that it was the vitamins, but now I’m thinking it is the nightshade hot peppers. I did have some regrowth of my lower eyelashes during this time, which is amazing for someone with Alopecia Universalis.

I decided that I’m not a fan of the gummies and will not likely continue with these. I do think they work. I also think that the flavor is tasty. I’d just rather not have gummies every day.

Purify Life Biotin Gummies at a Glance…

Name: Amazon

Website: https://amzn.to/32qEy0Q

Owners: Purify Life
Price: 18.45
Overall Scam Rank: 70 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! If you are looking to strengthen or regrow your hair, these probably will work as long as you stick with taking them over a few months. They even worked for someone who is suffering from autoimmune hair loss. I ended up seeing a few vellus eyelashes regrow, which is amazing!

My Plan to Cure Alopecia Naturally

Alopecia Universalis
The “Before” picture of my alopecia Universalis.

I have tried a variety of things to get my hair to regrow over the last ten years. Yes, you read that right. I have been bald for a decade. It is annoying to put on a wig and I don’t like the feel of a bald scalp, so I put on pretty wigs. I get loads of compliments for my cheap wigs, but I’d love to have my hair back.

I found Alopecia Angel online and signed up for her program which starts on January 1st. In the meantime, I am going to use positive affirmations and exercise as much as I possibly can. The holidays are going to ruin my diet, but I want to have my mind as primed as possible for the new endeavor.

Behavior Modification

Hate Working Out? Paying a BIG Price for it?

 

I have found some success with changing my thoughts and actions through the ThinkRightNow program. Usually, they end up failing me after a seizure or aura wipes my memory clean and I forget that I was implementing that change.

Epilepsy stinks, and I’m not holding out hope that the positive affirmations will cure the epilepsy. I have been down that road.

Exercise

Believe it or not, I’m exercising daily. Not just a little either. I am jogging or walking for at least two hours a day.

Why two hours you may ask…This has to do with the positive results that I feel when I practice Buteyko breathing along with exercise. On the Buteyko Table of Health, it says that if you get your control pause up to 60 seconds, you should have normal health. To do that, Artour Rahikmov suggests 2 hours of exercise every day.

Yikes! Well, I’ve done it for a week and feel great. The last time I attempted this much exercise at once, I ended up quitting due to an injury. I was working up to a half-marathon, but the injury made only a 5k possible.

So, That’s the Holiday Plan

I’m going to play my “I am Healed” and “Eating For Excellent Health” CDs as much as I can while I make a point to exercise as much as I can each day. I’m not going to stress over my eating or try to change my other lifestyle habits until I start Alopecia Angel’s program in January.

I did decide to start blogging about it more because I would like to document any potential regrowth that may come from the positive affirmations.

Hate Working Out? Paying a BIG Price for it?


Steps to Ease Detox Reaction Symptoms

I dived in head-first into the Butyeko breathing exercises and rapidly increased my control pause. While this sounds great and helped me get rid of congestion and mucus. It happened a bit too quickly and I experienced a seizure in the middle of the night. I don’t think this is from the breathing exercises. I think that I had been eating way too much junk food this month…hello Halloween candy and Thanksgiving pie! So, I don’t think I’ll abandon the Buteyko breathing exercises.

I also think that I will gradually clean up my diet. I have stopped eating wheat and refined carboydrates. I’ll take butter and cheese out of my diet as well. As hard as it can be to stick with the Paleo Ketogenic diet, I’m going to add that to my health protocol.

What is a healing reaction or detox reaction?

When you adopt a new health protocol, there can be a temporary worsening of symptoms. These can be in the form of a rash, increased mucus production, a seizure for people who are susceptible to seizures, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and headaches. Some people may experience constipation, diarrhea, mood swings, anxiety, cramps, and restlessness.

How to Ease Your Detox Reactions

When going through a detox reaction, your body is working to flush the toxins out of your body. They start to circulate when they may have once been stored in fat. A key to flushing out toxins is to stay hydrated. It is recommended to drink at least 2-3 quarts of water per day. This can help you stay hydrated.

Supplement with Electrolytes

While water is integral in hydration, it can also have the opposite effect if you don’t have enough minerals. It is often recommended to take electrolytes to help your body keep the water that you drink.

Avoid Processed Foods

Another thing that you may want to do to ease your detox reaction is to avoid highly processed “white” foods. Foods that are made with white flour including bread and pasta, sugar, and starches are some of the most unhealthy foods. They often increase the number of toxins in your body and the number of symptoms that you feel. They will degrade your health.

Eliminate Dairy Products

Milk and cheese are foods that many people react to negatively. Reactions from dairy can vary from weight gain to acne and rashes. Detoxing from dairy will help you improve your health whether you are lactose intolerant or just slightly sensitive to dairy.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is worth it to consider detoxing from dairy.

  • Skin rashes and acne
  • Iron-deficient anemia
  • Excess mucus and congestion
  • Headaches
  • Gas and bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Loose foamy stools
  • Diarrhea or constipation

Get Plenty of Rest

Rest is an important part of healing. Your body is going through a transition and often uses more energy to detox. If you are feeling sleepy or fatigued during a new health protocol, you could be going through a cleansing reaction and you may feel better with a bit more rest.

You may want to slowly make lifestyle changes like Buteyko breathing, exercise, and dietary changes. Slowly changing your lifestyle makes it easier for your body to adapt. The severity of the symptoms may reduce if you slowly implement changes.

Get a Massage

A good massage can help to speed up the healing process as it reduces the discomfort that you may feel. Massages can increase your blood circulation and relieve muscle aches. It is also a nice way to treat yourself when you aren’t feeling well.

Easing the cleansing reaction or detox reaction symptoms can mean taking a step back, but you will ultimately feel better. Whether you are detoxifying from drugs or junk food, there is a chance that you will experience worse symptoms at the beginning. During the first few days of quitting junk food, you may experience sadness, cravings, and tiredness. These will subside over the next month.

 

 

My Earthing Journey Day 20

Whew! It has almost been 3 full weeks of Earthing for at least 13 hours per day. I have also made a point to get outside for about an hour per day to walk barefoot. There were a few days that I didn’t make it a full hour, but some days I was walking barefoot for over an hour throughout the day.

The only health benefit that may be related to Earthing is an absence of seizures. I’m going on two months seizure-free, but I have been seizure-free for much longer in my lifetime. Peri-menopause hit and my seizures seemed to increase in frequency, so I’m hoping that the Earthing has helped to balance out my estrogen/progesterone levels and keep them under control.

My energy is pretty good. I have enough energy to do the things that I want. I still procrastinate a bit, but that is more of a mental than a physical thing.

Now, I can’t say for sure that the rash on my feet is due to Earthing, but it arose during the last three weeks when I was making an effort to walk barefoot for an hour in the morning. The slight rash on my feet seems to be reduced in size. It doesn’t itch. It seems to be getting better. I’m not sure if it is from barefoot walking or insect bites, but my skin did get a bit irritated for a while.

Today, I decided to listen to Earthing Live with Clint Ober as he answered questions on Earthing. I like to hear his positivity and optimism about this therapeutic intervention. It definitely makes me hopeful to hear the stories of people who have had success on it.

I’ll share the link to the video that I watched today.

Earthing Live with Clint Ober

Main things I learned: 

  • Earthing is very beneficial for Lyme disease.
  • Earthing can improve fertility.
  • Grounding quiets the nervous system.
  • Grounding improves meditation by quieting the mind.

Earthing is definitely not an overnight solution for your health. It apparently has helped many people with a variety of ailments. It may take months to see results. My experience so far is that it takes a while to start seeing results. I’m still waiting for results with a positive attitude.

The great thing about Earthing is that it is simple, easy, and free. It feels great and doesn’t really harm you, so there isn’t any reason not to try Earthing. Try it today!

Earthing Day 16 – Itchy Feet

I have been walking barefoot in the morning for about an hour every day for almost a month now. I like to think that it is helping me connect to the earth and heal. That’s the theory behind Earthing. But I may need to start wearing the Earthing shoes. My feet have become itchy and slightly pink. Not terribly itchy. We’re talking about a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I almost don’t even notice.

At first, I thought it was chiggers or some insect. But I’m not so sure now. Some of the areas of break-out look like they could be an eczema-type skin condition. I had eczema when I was a child pretty badly, but it has gone away and hasn’t come back since.

I’m actually very disappointed to report this. I was so hopeful that Earthing would be the answer to all my health problems. But it isn’t. I’m seeing some slight improvement in the varicose veins that I had, but that is about it.

I get my hopes up high when I read the testimonials of others. This happened with the ketogenic diet and how it was so helpful in curing all kinds of things. It may be that I’m not patient and give up too quickly on dietary and lifestyle interventions, but since I try a lot of them I have pretty good overall health.

It’s just those dang autoimmune conditions that are bugging me. They aren’t even painful.

I have been keeping up with the 16 hours per day of staying grounded, or “earthing.” I’ll continue on with the experiment for a full 90 days. Remember, there is a 90-day guarantee on the product that I purchased, so if I’m not seeing progress, I can return it.

One thing that I did notice was great today was my digestion! It was smooth and easy. I had a bowel movement yesterday and another one today. This is great news. It means that I am effectively eliminating waste and by not holding it, I’m not recirculating excess estrogen that could throw my hormones off balance.

I did not have any seizures today, so that was wonderful! I hope to keep the seizure-free period up for a very long time.

What is Earthing and How to Do It

This is a great video that describes how the negative electrons flow into the body and help decrease free radicals and reduce pain. She demonstrates how to use the Universal Mat. It is very easy to use for sleeping and yoga. Check it out if you want to learn more about Earthing.

Earthing Improves the Leak Gut

Laura Koniver, MD discusses why sometimes you don’t heal leaky gut with even the best diet. This can explain why I didn’t see any improvement after so many different diets. The gut was still in an inflammatory state and it just wasn’t going away because I wasn’t discharging the excess electrons in my body. 

As she discusses in this video, grounding, or earthing, boosts your metabolism, centers your awareness and decreases pain. You are mindful of the food that you are putting in your body. You don’t put excess food into your body. She recommends eating grounded outside. I may try it. I have been grounding after breakfast with my archery practice. However, I do not overeat and have eliminated all processed foods. 

Challenge yourself to eat one meal a day for the next two weeks outside and grounded. Picnic lunches! 

Update on My Grounding Day 4

I am not noticing any real differences. There may be a slight increase in energy, but other than that, I’m still struggling with hair loss. I still have some allergies causing me to sneeze a few times per day. I occasionally question whether I’m having an aura or thinking a seizure may be just around the corner. 

I would like Earthing or Grounding to work, so I will be continuing this experiment for a full 90 days with the hopes that my hair will grow back. In the meantime, I’m learning as much as I can about how to effectively do grounding. I hope you enjoy the updates and learning about Earthing! 

New Earthing Practice

I have been incorporating Earthing by walking for an hour barefoot while I practiced my archery skills early in the morning. I have added a walk on a nature path in my neighborhood for the last two days for about 20-30 minutes barefoot. I feel that the outdoor Earthing is probably more effective than the grounding mats that I purchased. 

I am still trying to stay grounded for at least 16 hours each day with 8 hours being at night and 8 hours during the day. 

Earthing Movie Review

The Earthing Movie is an interesting documentary featuring the journey of Clint Ober as he discovers the scientific phenomenon of healing the body through standing barefoot on the earth. The idea behind earthing is that the earth has negative electrons that transfer to the body and help it to function properly. 

The movie follows a few people and their experiences with earthing including Mariel Hemmingway, Amy Smart, and Deepak Chopra. They each share their stories about how earthing has impacted their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

The healing has helped everything from pain to calming children with autism. It has increased the healing of wounds and reducing inflammation.

The great thing about this documentary is that it is easily accessible on YouTube. You can view it and share it with your friends free! 

Watch The Earthing Movie on YouTube

My Opinion of The Earthing Movie

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this documentary as it provided me with an alternative health outlet that was simple, free, and easy. I recommend viewing this film with friends and family. Earthing has improved the skin on my feet in just about 2 weeks. I started going outside barefoot and my athlete’s foot cleared up, and a wart healed. This movie sparked my curiosity and motivated me to get outside and get healthier. 

The movie contains inspiring and hopeful stories surrounding the topic of going barefoot. It also explains the science behind Earthing and a variety of ways that it can benefit your health. I hope that many people will view this documentary and start getting grounded. 

My Earthing Body Band Experiment Day 2

Although my barefoot earthing experiment started a couple of weeks ago, my earthing product testing started yesterday. I felt great with the large earthing body band. It didn’t seem to bother me while I wore it. I made a point to keep it on at night for 8 hours and during the day for 8 hours. 

My allergies are still around, so I didn’t heal from that in 2 days. I still found myself sneezing five or six times a day. But over the course of 24 hours, it really wasn’t that big of a deal. 

My hair has not regrown at all in 48 hours. Boo hoo. This is the main thing that I want to improve from Earthing. 

I didn’t have a seizure, so that is great. I don’t have them on a daily basis, so it is difficult to tell if this is an improvement or just the same thing. 

I may have had some pain relief! While sitting at a desk, I used to get intense shoulder pain the longer I sat at a desk. Yesterday, I noticed after about 2 hours that it was coming on. I did some stretches and continued to work. In another hour, I was fine. I didn’t notice an increase in pain. In fact, my shoulder was about back to normal! The shoulder pain has been debilitating at times in my past, so I am very grateful for this slight improvement. I’m hoping that it is not a coincidence. 

After only two days, it is difficult to tell if this will continue. I’m hopeful and optimistic! Stay tuned as I continue my own Earthing experiment! Earthing Movie review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44ddtR0XDVU

The Alopecia Universalis Causes

In order to cure a disease, you need to address the causes that created the disorder. Not much is known about the Alopecia Universalis causes because a very small percentage of the population even has it. It is somewhere around 1% of the population.

As I research the causes of Alopecia Universalis, I have taken into consideration the causes of Alopecia Areata as well. Alopecia Areata is the milder form of Alopecia Universalis and is often how the disease presents itself in the initial phases.

Hopefully, understanding the causes of Alopecia Universalis will help me achieve my goal to treat alopecia universalis naturally.

An unknown cause

Alopecia universalis is the advanced form of alopecia areata. Alopecia areata starts with round patches of hair loss. The most commonly accepted cause is an autoimmune condition. This means that a person’s immune system is attacking the follicles, but it doesn’t explain why.

Genetic studies have discovered that Alopecia Universalis and Alopecia Areata are associated with several immune-related genes. This makes perfect sense to me. My sister and I both have multiple autoimmune conditions. The presentation of AU and AA are ultimately a combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Genes create a predisposition to the condition, but it doesn’t mean that it will develop.

In my case, my alopecia did not even show up until my thirties. Some factors that may contribute to the onset of hair loss include a viral infection, changing hormones, and emotional stress.

Vitamin D deficiency

Some studies have found that there is a correlation between Alopecia Areata and vitamin D deficiency. Whether dietary intake of vitamin D will alleviate the symptoms of alopecia is still relatively unknown.

I have read some patients who report online that they were able to regrow their hair within a short amount of time by adding vitamin D to their diets. While this is difficult to confirm, it is something to take into consideration as there are many publications associating vitamin D deficiency with hair loss. My own blood tests have indicated a vitamin D deficiency and I’m working on correcting it.

Biotin deficiency

Biotin is an important coenzyme for carboxylation reactions. In some very rare cases of deficiency, patients may develop hair loss. Genetic abnormalities or malabsorption caused by excessive intake of avidin, which is rich in raw eggs, can result in a biotin deficiency.

Biotin supplementation has been helpful in the treatment of brittle nails, or onychoschisis. A study including biotin supplementation administered zinc, topical clobetasol, and 20 mg of biotin a day showed more complete regrowth in the treatment group (33.3% of patients) compared to the control group over a year-long period.

Unfortunately, combination therapy prevents any conclusions about the efficacy of supplementing just biotin.

A zinc deficiency

Zinc is a trace element that has an integral role in the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles must have zinc to produce new hair shafts during the growth phase of the cycle. When a person’s zinc intake is low, it can cause poor immune function and hormone imbalances including hair loss.

This type of deficiency triggers the temporary hair loss Telogen Effluvium. This hair loss presents as shedding all over the scalp compared to the circular patches of alopecia areata. An Egyptian study shows that zinc levels may also influence Alopecia Areata.

The study examined fifty patients compared to healthy control subjects. Twenty-five of the test subjects were newly diagnosed with alopecia areata. They measured the serum zinc levels and compared the mean results with the control groups. The study found correlations between zinc level and the extent of AA in all patients.

Patients with AA had significantly lower zinc levels than the control group. The patients with resistant alopecia areata showed significantly lower zinc levels than the newly diagnosed patients.

My conclusion

After reading up on the causes of alopecia universalis and alopecia areata, I realize that it may not simply be a vitamin D deficiency that is causing my disease. I probably have a few different micronutrient deficiencies that I need to correct. I don’t wish to add more supplements to my diet. I prefer to eat whole foods, so I will look for some whole food sources of zinc and biotin to add to my diet.