Spirulina For Hair Growth
“We are what we eat” (1) so said the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. So perhaps it’s not surprising when we hear that the condition of our hair, skin and nails is a reflection of our inner health. The nutrients from the food we eat, spread to the outer surfaces of our body in our skin, nails and hair after the nutrients have been processed through our internal organs. So is it helpful to take spirulina for hair growth?* Or just to have healthier and stronger hair?
Protein and amino acids are the building blocks of life
Protein and amino acids are the building blocks of life. When you compare different sources of protein, spirulina has the highest protein of any natural food (4).
One thing for sure, Spirulina is packed with nutrients including protein, vitamins, iron and essential fatty acids. My own hair and skin often receive comments such as; “you look so good for your age”. My hair grows fast and so do my nails. I`m confident it’s the spirulina helping me with this.
Most children are encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables because they are good for us. It is estimated that 3 grammes of spirulina is roughly the equivalent of 3 kilos of fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrients. I know it’s a bit hard to believe at first. Watch the video below from minute 7.
If it has that much nutrition, surely spirulina must be good for our hair?
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Spirulina For Hair Growth
So, are all these nutrients in spirulina good for the hair?
Well, team members have certainly found anecdotally that their hair grows noticeably quicker after taking spirulina on a regular basis. But we wanted to find “evidence” that it is good for the hair. We think we have found the reason why and perhaps the evidence for why it appears strong and healthy.
Whilst researching we found many claims on the internet that spirulina is good for the hair. It promotes “hair growth”. It can actually “stop dandruff” and makes “hair glossy and stronger”. Most of these claims were strongly associated with expensive shampoos, treatments or private clinics.
Whilst we can speak anecdotally from personal experience how we have seen our hair to be shinier, growing faster and abundantly, is there any solid evidence we can point to? We wanted to find some evidence for this and we think we have. But with one slighting controversial caveat regarding Vitamin A (see below) where opinion seems a bit divided.
Losing hair? Suffering from hair loss?
If you are suffering from hair loss, our recommendation, is that in the first instance you should consult your Doctor or a medical professional first. Our research has however found, that “iron deficiency (ID) is the world’s most common nutritional deficiency”. An iron deficiency is also a “well-known cause of hair loss” (2). We do know that spirulina is an excellent source of iron, so if iron deficiency is a factor in your case, your doctor may well agree or recommend adding some spirulina super food supplements to your diet. There are of course a wide range of other reasons and benefits for you to take the spirulina super food too. Please explore the various pages, perhaps via our FAQs.
Spirulina is rich in Iron
Vegans and vegetarians may be at a higher risk of having an iron deficiency (2) so for vegans & vegetarians in particular, spirulina is a good superfood supplement to consider taking.
According to the Houston study (2), those with a deficiency of “essential fatty acids linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid)” may also be more susceptible and could also result in changes to the hair that might include loss of scalp hair, eyebrows and perhaps lightening of the hair.
We know that Spirulina is a particularly good source of essential fatty acids:
Spirulina is packed with Protein
Hair is Made of Protein
Hair is made of protein (3). Protein deficiency can also “result in hair changes including hair thinning and hair loss” (2). Spirulina is packed full of protein and gramme for gramme has far more protein than meat:
The same study (2) highlights that vitamin A has been shown to stimulate hair follicle stem cells. It would be remiss of us not to point out that the same Houston study (2) also mentions that an excess of Vitamin A supplements has a link to hair loss. However, the BBC good food article actually recommends Vitamin A to enhance healthy hair. However, If you don’t want to risk it without checking, we recommend you speak with your doctor before supplementing your diet with the spirulina super food.
Is Spirulina safe for me to take?
Most people have no difficulties with Spirulina at all.* However, a few people have nut, strawberry and seafood allergies. To better understand spirulina, and explore what other conditions, the spirulina super food might be helpful to you or your family, please check out our page, “What is Spirulina About”?
History of Spirulina
This is an interesting story that goes back almost to the beginning of our planet. Discover the details of its origin and its history on the page, “What is spirulina about?”
Still not sure?
It seems our enthusiasm for spirulina is something members of the British Royal Family share, Check this click through for details.
Choosing the right Spirulina for your hair
Choosing the right Spirulina for your hair care is critical.
Here we describe the importance of choosing the right well sourced Spirulina.
By all means contact us, if you have any questions, by leaving us a commment on our page, and we will try to answer you or signpost you to other resources.
This video describes other benefits of Spirulina that users claim*:
Where to buy a reliable well sourced spirulina?
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(1) French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
(2) Diet and hair loss: effects of nutrient deficiency & supplement use. Paragraphs on Iron, Fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E (also in spirulina), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; Department of Dermatology, Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas USA. Rajani Katta MD.
(3) BBC, what to eat for healthy hair 1Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
*Nothing on this website should be interpreted as personal medical advice. Always consult a qualified Doctor or health care professional before changing anything related to your healthcare. *Please see the About page for the references