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hCG Diet Hair Loss

One of the biggest concerns on the hCG diet is the risk of hair loss. It’s important to note that the risk of hair loss is associated with any diet which is very restrictive in daily caloric intake, and that the risk of hair loss is not specific to the hCG diet. However, most people feel that the rewards of losing 1-2 lbs per day outweigh the rare side effect of hCG diet hair loss. There are also steps you can take to minimize or even prevent the loss of hair during the hCG diet.

VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS 

 

One of the simplest and most proactive steps you can take to prevent hair loss is to supplement your low calorie diet with vitamins and minerals. Taking a quality multivitamin daily will help to ensure you are meeting your mineral needs. Minimum daily requirements vary with age and sex which is why you’ll find various multivitamins which are specialized for women and for ages 50+. Check the label to make sure you’re getting a sufficient dose of the following vitamins and minerals. You can also boost your natural intake of these vitamins and minerals by increasing your intake of the foods listed, many of which are on the approved list of foods for P2 and P3 of the hCG Diet.

 

VITAMIN A

Recommended Daily Intake is 900 mcg per day for men and 700 mcg/day for women.   Vitamin A (Retinol) can be found naturally in many foods. The leafy greens listed below are a great source of Vitamin A during P2 (the VLCD phase) of the hCG diet.

 

Food

Retinol Value

% (Percent) Daily Value

for adult male

per 100 grams of food

dandelion greens

5588 IU

112%

carrot

835 μg

93%

broccoli leaf

800 μg

89%

sweet potato

709 μg

79%

butter

684 μg

76%

kale

681 μg

76%

spinach

469 μg

52%

pumpkin

400 μg

41%

collard greens

333 μg

37%

Cheddar cheese

265 μg

29%

cantaloupe melon

169 μg

19%

egg

140 μg

16%

apricot

96 μg

11%

papaya

55 μg

6%

mango

38 μg

4%

pea

38 μg

4%

broccoli

31 μg

3%

milk

28 μg

3%

 

B7 (BIOTIN), B6 and B12

These three B vitamins promote growth from the follicle. While on the hCG diet, eggs are the best source, oral B-12, and/or a good multi-B vitamin. After the hCG diet you may want to add cheeses, salmon, nuts, and nut butters to your long-term diet plan.

  • Biotin (B7)
    • RDA: 30 mcg
    • Dietary Sources: B vitamins are particularly concentrated in meat such as turkey and tuna, in liver and meat products. Good sources for B vitamins include kombucha, whole grains, potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, tempeh, beans, nutritional yeast, brewer’s yeast, and molasses.
  • B6
    • RDA: 1.3 mg
    • Dietary Sources: Vitamin B-12 is found primarily in animal products such as shell fish, fin fish, meat, poultry and dairy.
  • B12
    • RDA: 2.4 mcg
    • Dietary Sources: B-12 is found mainly in animal foods, such as meat and poultry. Chicken contains 13.7mcg of B-12, and turkey contains 48.2mcg in 1 cup. Dairy foods contain reasonable amounts of B-12. Seafood such as clams, oysters, salmon, sardine, crab, trout and herring are also excellent sources of B-12. Wild rainbow trout contains 90 percent of the daily value, and clams contain 570 percent in a 3 oz. serving.

VITAMIN C

When you want to promote healing and new cell growth, vitamin C does the trick. While on the hCG diet, eating strawberries and oranges is on plan. After the hCG diet, or while you are in maintenance, add kiwis, raspberries, mangoes, and red bell peppers to your food repertoire.  The Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women.

Dietary Sources of Vitamin C

Food Milligrams (mg) per serving Percent (%) Daily Value
Red pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 95 158
Orange juice, ¾ cup 93 155
Orange, 1 medium 70 117
Grapefruit juice, ¾ cup 70 117
Kiwifruit, 1 medium 64 107
Green pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 60 100
Broccoli, cooked, ½ cup 51 85
Strawberries, fresh, sliced, ½ cup 49 82
Brussels sprouts, cooked, ½ cup 48 80
Grapefruit, ½ medium 39 65
Broccoli, raw, ½ cup 39 65
Tomato juice, ¾ cup 33 55
Cantaloupe, ½ cup 29 48
Cabbage, cooked, ½ cup 28 47
Cauliflower, raw, ½ cup 26 43
Potato, baked, 1 medium 17 28
Tomato, raw, 1 medium 17 28
Spinach, cooked, ½ cup 9 15
Green peas, frozen, cooked, ½ cup 8 13

IRON

Iron builds red blood cells and carries oxygen, aiding in hair growth.

The recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, depends on your age, sex and lifestyle. The RDA is 8 mg for men and 18 mg for women ages 19 to 50.

Iron can be found in a variety of dietary sources. Animal sources include seafood, meat, eggs and poultry. Oysters, clams, sardines and salmon are good sources of iron. Vegetarian protein sources of iron include lentils, chickpeas, lima beans, peas and soybeans. Fruit and nut sources include dried prunes, raisins, figs, apricots, almonds and Brazil nuts. Leafy greens and vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards, asparagus and dandelion greens are good vegetable sources of iron.

ZINC

Zinc strengthens and aids the natural oils that coat the hair shaft. While on the hCG diet, lean meats are your best source of zinc, but after the hCG diet, try nuts, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and yogurt.

The RDA for zinc is 11 mg per day for males ages 19 and older and 8 mg for females of the same age.

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