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Can a vegetarian diet cause hair loss?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
An unbalanced vegetarian diet could cause hair loss. If you eat plenty of beans, seeds and nuts, nut butters, soy, whole grains, and dairy products you should be getting plenty of protein, B vitamins and minerals and hair loss should not be an issue. Vegans may have a harder time since they eat no animal products. Taking high doses of vitamin A can cause hair loss. High doses are not recommended.
Jessica Crandall
Nutrition & Dietetics

Getting inadequate nutrients (i.e. protein) can cause hair loss. Working with a registered dietitian can help ensure you're getting the recommended amounts of protein that your body needs based on your weight and activity level. They can also help you come up with creative ways to add variety to your diet.

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