Protein shakes are very popular; the shakes are most commonly drunk before, during or after working out. Our bodies need protein for growth and repair, protein helps the muscles to heal up after a workout, if your body does not get enough protein the muscles are unable to heal as quickly and this could lead to over training your muscles, leading to an injury.
Protein drinks are popular because they make getting a high amount of protein easy and quick immediately after working out. Solid food takes longer to digest and break down protein, which is why many people opt for protein drinks.
Protein drinks may be a quick and easy option for after a workout, but they do have some side effects and some believe that protein drinks affect hair loss.
Not all dietary supplements can cause problems for hair loss; some additives that are found in protein drinks can affect the hormone balance of the person using them. Creatine and inorganic growth hormones which are added to some protein drinks can increase the levels of testosterone in the body.
The increased levels of testosterone caused by creatine and these inorganic growth hormones are then broken down by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase and converted into a chemical called dihydrotesterone (DHT). DHT is the chemical that causes hair loss, the hair follicles degrade and shorten the hair growth process. The hair follicles will shrink and eventually die, which results in hair not growing.
Although protein drinks are linked with hair loss, this is not due to the protein itself. Protein sourced from food and other dietary supplements will not always have the same effect as protein drinks, and this is because they will not contain the same additives that actually cause the hair loss.
Protein shakes that contain DHEA and creatine should be avoided if possible, organic alternatives can be found. It is important to keep a balanced diet with the essential vitamins and minerals to keep hair healthy.
If you have experienced hair loss which you believe could be caused from protein drinks we advise you discontinue using the drinks. If the hair is balding at an early stage discontinuing the drink could result in regrowth. However if the hair follicles have been destroyed by DHT a FUE Hair Transplant could be the right treatment for you. If you would like some more information please contact us and book a free no obligation consultation for information tailored to your needs.