Calcium build up in the scalp tissue and/or the micro blood vessels in the scalp is commonly known as calcification. But why do calcium deposits occur? Some researchers believe it may be a sign of bone loss, such as in osteoporosis. Bone loss occurs when the human body is unable to absorb sufficient calcium. This frequently occurs when there is a deficiency in Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and magnesium.
But in the case of hair loss it may be more to do with inflammation, which as we’ve seen, seems to be a major underlying cause of hair loss.
Scientists have suggested that prolonged inflammation in the body may contribute to calcification. Persistent damage to the cell walls can cause them to calcify over time. It’s important to mention that there’s no research that suggests calcification is due to high dietary amounts of the substance. That’s a common misconception.
Calcium build-up in the scalp can be caused by inflammation as well. As a result, the healthy flow of oxygenated blood is diminished, and hair follicles begin to die. Hair loss then results.
Can Scalp Calcification Be Prevented?
Magnesium is a mineral that can be used to help with reducing calcium levels. Research has shown it can completely stop the production of calcium plaque within blood vessels. Supplementation with magnesium can additionally be used to reverse blood vessel calcification. Therefore, it is believed that magnesium can assist with reducing calcium build up in the scalp.
Vitamin K is another natural substance that can aid in lowering calcification in the scalp. Simply eating more foods with vitamin K can assist with increasing vitamin K levels. Foods such as spinach, kelp, and collard greens are foods high in vitamin K. Consider these options when shopping for healthy foods during your next grocery store visit.
Vitamin D plays a critical part in hair follicle generation. The most effective way to combat low vitamin D levels is via sun exposure – providing you’re careful to make sure you don’t get sunburnt.