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Ferritin and Hair Loss – How to cure it?

Familiar with the term Iron? But not sure what is Ferritin? Ferritin is a type of protein, which is stored by our body when we consume iron-rich food. Ferritin stores iron, if a person has low ferritin, then that person may also have an iron deficiency. Unfortunately, iron deficiency or low ferritin leads to hair loss. A ferritin test helps to determine the correct treatment for hair loss. Through this article, we will be showing the connection between ferritin and hair loss, and the various hair loss treatment which can control hair fall. In case you are looking for a good hair specialist in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, you can visit Nubello Aesthetics for the best hair loss treatment in Mumbai.

The connection between ferritin and hair loss

When we take in iron, ferritin is formed which stores iron. Similarly, hair follicles store some ferritin in them. When there is iron deficiency in the body, lack of ferritin in blood forces the body to borrow ferritin from hair. This makes hair brittle and which leads to hair loss. It is important to get enough iron and store enough ferritin in the body so that there is no borrowing in case of deficiency. 

Related Article: Is Iron Deficiency a reason for Hair Loss?

5 reasons behind iron deficiency and low ferritin:

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Menstruation
  3. Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
  4. Hypothyroidism
  5. Non-celiac gluten intolerance

The symptoms of low ferritin:

Low ferritin interferes in making red blood cells. Red blood cells transfer oxygen throughout the body, and without enough red blood cells, the major systems don’t work as effectively. Here are the top 5 symptoms of low ferritin, these are similar to that of iron deficiency, and hair loss is just one sign. The 5 signs:

  1. Hair loss
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Dizziness
  4. Extreme fatigue
  5. Headaches

Ferritin deficiency treatment

Ferritin deficiency is one of the prime reason for hair loss, however, there are other reasons like vitamin D, zinc deficiency and others. If you are identified with ferritin deficiency, it is important you treat it so that you can control hair loss because of ferritin deficiency. And the best way to manage hair loss by ferritin is to increase iron levels in the body. Check with the doctor before taking supplements, if you don’t eat enough iron-rich foods. Vegans tend to have more iron deficiency compared to those who eat meat such as liver and beef. However, you can increase your iron levels from whole grains, nuts, and legumes. Eating vitamin C along with iron-rich foods will help in absorbing iron better. Gluten intolerance is one of the possible causes of poor iron absorption, which can then lead to low ferritin and hair loss.

Hair Loss Treatments

As said earlier, hair loss can be due to many things. One of the main reason being ferritin deficiency. In case if the hair loss is due to lack of ferritin, then once your system is corrected and deficiency treated, your hair loss should be in control. Once the hair loss is in control, hair growth starts, but you need to be patient. 

In case you have been ignoring the signs of hair loss, and now you have a large amount of hair loss, then your doctor may prescribe a hair loss treatment to you. 

Here are some of the best hair loss treatments 

  1. Medications: Medicines are available to treat hair loss such as Minoxidil and Finasteride. 
  2. Dermaroller: This is a handheld roller-device covered in microneedles which helps in stimulating hair growth.
  3. PRP Therapy


Hair loss can be due to many reasons. Iron deficiency and Ferritin deficiency is not the only reason. To know what is causing hair loss for you, consult a hair specialist. Nubello Aesthetics is one of the top hair clinics in Mumbai provides the best hair loss treatments in Mumbai. Call us @ 09324507495 for a FREE consultation on hair loss problems.

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