Friday, August 13, 2010

Soy Milk and Hair Loss

Hair loss has been haunting people since centuries and many individuals have tried infinite ways to grow their hair back. One such method that was found to actually slow down the process of hair loss was linked to the consumption of soy milk. It is a common knowledge that soy milk is very nutritive and should be consumed to fulfill the demand of proteins and vitamins in the body. A new research printed in the journal Biology of Reproduction reveals that soy milk consumption can reduce hair loss as well as male pattern baldness. Nutritionists across the globe are suggesting individuals to drink soy milk or consume soy products to treat various diseases and for overall wellness. Soy products are deemed as a nutritional gold mine.

How it works?

When we drink soy milk our body breaks down isoflavones and a compound equol is developed. This compound blocks a form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is related to baldness and prostrate cancer. Soy milk works just like a hair loss drug called Propecia that blocks the transition of testosterone into DHT. Based on a research finding, it was concluded that soy milk actually works better as compared to a selection of prescription medicines available in the market.

Consuming soy milk to reduce hair loss is an inexpensive way to treat the issue as opposed to taking prescription drugs for the same. Moreover, soy milk offers other health benefits to the body which prescription drugs would obviously not furnish. Regular drinkers of soy milk are prevented from premature ageing problem, eventually safeguarding the individual from hair loss occurring due to accelerated aging process.


Soy milk might have the potential to stop hair loss, but likewise there are also other things that can contribute towards preventing hair loss. As mentioned above premature aging is also one of the reasons for hair loss. What causes premature aging? Our eating habits, certain metabolic disruptors present in foods leads to accelerated aging process. For example, chemical ingredients such as sodium nitrite, white flour, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, MSG and aspartame act as slow poisons to the human body. You can act wise and incorporate certain positive changes to your diet plan to prevent hair loss. Make a constant effort to incorporate healthy whole foods in your diet and ward off consumption of junk foods.


There are several health benefits of adding soy milk to your diet. This includes prevention against breast cancer and prostrate cancer, fighting diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorder and osteoporosis. Soy milk is also seen to ease symptoms linked to menopause, besides its consumption also promotes good eye health.

Having said this, it is important for you to understand that no every person experiencing hair loss will gain from consuming soy milk or other soy products. A study published in the Ob/Gyn Clinical Alert highlighted that a mere 30% of individuals were able to produce the compound equol in their intestines. However, you should not get discouraged by this fact. It will not hamper your health if you increase your consumption of soy milk. Few studies say that consumption of soy may help you in fighting hair loss and this must be a good enough motivation for you to start taking soy milk especially if you are noticing thinning of your hair. Soy milk may or may not do anything to stop your hairline from receding. Still, it is an inexpensive way than most drugs prescribed for hair loss. So you have nothing to loose, who knows you might end up with gaining both nutritionally and in terms of your hair following the consumption of soy milk. nutrition image by razorconcept from

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