There may be several reasons for hair fall, and one of them could be the consumption of whey protein. You may have heard a million times that protein and vitamin supplements are good for hair growth. However, recent studies claim that modern dietary supplements or protein shakes could be a reason for hair loss in people, especially men. Trichologists are also getting many patients with a history of consuming whey protein and then hair loss started. Now, this has become the subject of research.
What is ‘whey protein’?
Whey protein, found in dairy products, is an essential protein. It is contained in whey, the milky fluid that separates from the curd in the process of making cheese. Whey protein provides your body with substantial amounts of amino acids that help you function properly – build muscle and gain strength. Usually, athletes and people, who are into sports or bodybuilding, incorporate whey protein as a part of their exercise regime to improve muscle strength.
How does whey protein trigger hair fall?
Scientists and the medical community suspect that whey protein which contains inorganic growth hormones like DHEA and creatine, which not only increases your muscle mass but also, promotes high levels of testosterone hormones in the bloodstream. Testosterone is converted into the chemical DHT, which impedes the growth of new hair follicles and thus, contributes to baldness. Over time, due to lack of hair growth, you lose copious amounts of hair through the process of normal shedding, which cannot be replaced. A higher level of testosterone in your blood means more of it is converted into the androgen DHT. This eventually affects hair follicles more than it normally should. Therefore, protein shakes themselves do not lead to a receding hairline, but certainly, they accelerate the process of hair loss in men who have a family history of male pattern balding or alopecia.
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