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Old 12-18-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
 
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so my hair has been thinning due to my PCOS for at least 15 years now. I've struggled with anything that might help and haven't really been successful.

So I did alot of reading and research online about the different causes and for my personal situation I came to the conclusion that I probably have been defiecient in dietary protein for decades. I never really paid much attention to what I ate and never realized that a persons body really requires a basic amount of protein in order to repair and build body tissues. I just always assumed I got enough from whatever it was I ate. I'm not vegetarian so it never crossed my mind that maybe I wasn't getting enough protein.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I decided a few weeks ago that I would try to increase my protein nutrition everyday. I mean I have nothing to lose except more hair so I needed to get moving fast.

I admitted to myself that I probably would not become a gourmet chef that would make huge meat based dinners and lunches so I thought I would try something from the body buidling world to supplement the dietary protein I do eat. I decided to use a supplement called Branched Chain Amino Acids which are basically the molecules that dietary protein breaks down into anyway. I bought a brand that comes in powder form and I add a tablespoon of the powder to 4 cups of room-temp water in a shaker bottle and let it dissolve for about 10- 15 minutes. Then I let it get cold in the fridge and take this ith me as my water bottle throughout the day.

It doesn't really have any flavour or smell, just an extremely faint hint of bitterness that I didn't notice after the first bottle. I've been drinking this for only 5 days now and I really didn't expect to notice any difference in my hair.

But, I have noticed that when I detangle, comb or brush through my hair that the clumps and globs falling out seemed to have stopped. My hair used to fall out so easily that I would sit at my desk and watch hairs sort of just "float" off my head and any time I ran my fingers through the ends, I could count on a handful of hairs. My hair seems to be more firmly rooted to my head than ever before and I'm not shedding hairs whenever I move. My sister even noticed that she hasn't had to pick strands of hair off the back of my sweaters for a couple of days now and wondered what was going on.

I haven't had to get down on my hands and knees and comb my carpet to collect shed hairs that would clog my vaccum brushes. The last time I did that was last week and I've tried a couple of times to check day before yesterday and there was no hair there to pick up. My hairbrush doesn't clog up with a mat of loose hairs- maybe ownly two or three after a thorough brushing.

So, I have to conclude that my body and head was mal-nourished for protein and since I've been adding the supplement for only 5 days I really wouldn't believe this experience except that it's happening to me! If I read it from someone else, I'd be extremely sceptical.

I have no idea if this might help with any regrowth of my thinned out hair but even if it can stop or slow down the excessive shedding I'm really really pleased.

I never thought in my life I'd be lurking on body-building forums but I really think they know what they're talking about when it comes to providing protein nutrition to the body. One interesting think I learned that I never knew is that your body will take protein from whereever it can to preserve your vital body organs, muscles etc. Hair is completely unimportant to the vital functioning of your body so if you're deficient in protein, your hair is last on the list to get any.

Hair will be the first thing to go if your body is not getting the protein it needs to rebuild it's structure but once adequate protein is restored, I fully believe that hair, skin and nails will be strenthened as well.

So, that's my story and I hope it can hold out some hope for my thinning friends here.

here's the brand of BCAA's I'm using:

Now Foods Branched Chain Amino Acid Powder - 12 oz.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:43 AM   #2
 
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Yes, protein in the diet is very important. When I was a teenager I hated meat but didn't know how to be a vegetarian so my hair was super brittle. The recommended 45 g/day is only enough to keep a person alive; not an active person! Later on, I competed in powerlifting and did a lot of protein; when I stopped competing, I stopped a lot of the protein and it is interesting that my hair started to thin. I just can't get myself to do enough protein shakes. The BCAAs are a good idea!
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
 
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yeah, I contemplated the soy shakes but to tell the truth soy scares the crap out of me and the other option I looked at is whey protein but I just hate the taste so I can only do those when I feeling brave.

I hope the BCAA's are enough to supplement my food.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
 
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Interesting. I haven't eaten meat for nearly twenty years, I've no idea how much protein I do, or don't, eat. Hmm, might have a look into this.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:20 PM   #5
 
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Ondulee thank you SO MUCH!

I also have PCOS. I don't actually eat much protein..and am wondering if this might be part of my problem.

I'm going to check it out!
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
 
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I've x-posted in the Health related hair issues board.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:51 AM   #7
 
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I have tried tons of different protein powders and this is by far the best; tastes like a real milkshake with no aftertaste! The vanilla is really good also!
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/CRL327/ItemDetail
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That's so interesting!! I'm willing to try just about anything and surprisingly enough, I already have protein powder in my cupboard from when I was trying to lose some weight! Can it be any kind of protein powder? I have something very similar to this (it might even be this):
http://www.puritan.com/soy-products-...2660?NewPage=1
Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:01 PM   #9
 
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The BCAA is not a protein powder as discussed in the last two posts but it is an amino acid health supplement; which are the components of protein.

Just in case anyone thought BCAA's where a new kind of protein powder.
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Ondulee,
How are you doing? How is your hair and are you still supplementing with BCAA? or anything else?

Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:57 AM   #11
 
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hi, I still supplement occasionally with the BCAA but I have also started a couple of new supplements to help balance my lady hormones. They are called Glucosmart and Estrosmart. Glucosmart helps to reduce androgens from PCOS and the Estrosmart detoxes too much estrogen which when left alone transform themselves into the dreaded androgens(Which then produce manly symptoms of oily skin and scalp, cystic acne and facial hair growth and scalp hair loss) Beauty huh? So while eating more protein in general, sometimes using BCAA, they were good but I've used these two other supplements now for about 3 months and while I don't see re-growth on my head, I also don't lose hair anymore either. Detangling in the shower is so easy because there are no more shower squirrels to chase down! I only have a small amount of loose hairs-I would say even less than normal because I only detangle once per week and I only get a teeny hairball from this. I'm hoping that by the 6 month mark, my hairstylist may update me on any new growth. Although, I do have to say it's been easier to hide the thin spots on top of my head lately so who knows, maybe there's something up there!

The last two weeks, I've also started taking 3 tbsp of flavourless gelatin powder in my hot drinks. One morning, noon and 1 hour before bed. I'm hoping the health benefits of gelatin will translate to my hair too.

Something else that I've tried in the last couple of days may not seem hair growth related but who knows. I've been taking 1-2 tbsp of raw honey and eating 1 hour before bed(along with my gelatin drink) and I've been sleeping deeper the last two nights. The honey helps suppress the adrenalin/cortisol surge that wakes people up around 1 or 2 in the morning and then won't let them go back to sleep. I don't think that high stress hormones are good for the body generally so I'm hoping that good sleep translates into better health and better hair in the long run.

All these things have been really easy to fit into my lifestyle so if my hair improves, I really won't know for sure which would cause the greatest improvement but maybe they all work in synergy instead of alone.

sorry for the book but these are all my newest strategies.
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Wow...honey? I have a terrible time sleeping. I wake up every two hours. I would have thought the spike in glucose would keep u up.

At the moment I am out of raw honey ( which is all I ever buy). This last time though I bought agave nectar. Do you think it would work the same?

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:11 AM   #13
 
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Maycon55, I know it seems counterintuitive doesn't it but it really, really works for me. The longer I do it the better it seems to work.

I got an obscure diet book ages ago that nobody has ever heard of but it sounded intriguing.

here's the link and info on the Hibernation diet which tells how the honey(only honey- no agave) works in your liver to suppress the nightime cortisol surge. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book, it's worth it for the honey/sleep angle alone. I've slept better in the last few months than in my entire adult life. If I forget the honey, I'm up all night...
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Thank you Ondulee. I'm going to give it a try. Every year that goes by, my insomnia gets worse. Most nights I'm up every two hours. On my worst nights I can get 2 solid hours of sleep and be up every hour or half hour! Ugh! Makes the nights feel eternal.

Is the honey taken right before bed or and hour or so before?

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Old 10-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #15
 
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I take it at 9 Pm then try to get to bed with an hour to an hour and a half...
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