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#1

Just got around to using my GNC gift card, and decided to try some apple cider vinegar tablets for indigestion. I was pleasantly surprised to read in a hair loss forum that ACV, taken internally, may also benefit the hair and scalp.

It does seem to work better than Garlinase (garlic extract), for indigestion, anyway.

From WebMD:

"There are some medical uses of vinegar that do have promise, at least according to a few studies. Here’s a rundown of some more recent ones.

Diabetes. The effect of vinegar on blood glucose levels is perhaps the best-researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. For instance, one 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%.

High cholesterol. A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol. However, the study was done in rats, so it’s too early to know how it might work in people.

Blood pressure and heart health. Another study in rats found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure. A large epidemiological study also found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t. However, it’s far from clear that the vinegar was the reason.

Cancer. A few laboratory studies have found that vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. Epidemiological studies of people have been confusing. One found that eating vinegar was associated with a decreased risk of esophageal cancer. Another associated it with an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Weight Loss. For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss. White vinegar (and perhaps other types) might help people feel full. A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread."

When we ingest sugar, our body (unless diabetic) will produce a substance called insulin for metabolism. The more sugar, the more insulin. Some doctors have suggested that a person’s inability to tolerate high levels of insulin (insulin resistance) is a cause of hair loss:

"Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by certain cells of the pancreas. This hormone helps your body store sugar (glucose) in the cells. The cells use this sugar for energy.

In some people the cells of the body, perhaps because of inflammation, are slow to respond to insulin or stop responding altogether. These people have what’s called insulin resistance.

If you have insulin resistance, your pancreas will keep pouring insulin into your bloodstream, but this greater amount of insulin will not open the cell membrane gates so that sugar can enter. Sugar then builds up in the bloodstream.

Insulin resistance often creates other health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, and PCOS. There are also recent studies that indicate a positive correlation between hair loss and insulin resistance. (J. Lancet. 2000, 356:1165)"


#2

Baldness Linked to Diet?
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

"The old theory was that the male hormone, testosterone, is converted to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone, that causes hair to grow darker and longer on the bodies, faces and sides of the head of men. Dihydrotestosterone also causes male pattern baldness by making hair on the top of the head thinner, lighter and shorter so you can’t see it. Scientists developed a drug called Proscar to shrink enlarged prostates by blocking the formation of dihydrotestosterone. The same drug is sold as Propecia (at five times the cost) to help hair grow on bald men, but it is not very effective.

More than five years ago I reported that the present treatment for male-pattern baldness is not very effective and that male pattern baldness may be caused by insulin resistance, and that the westen diet which is high in sugar and flour may cause irreversible hair loss. A study in the journal Lancet (Sept. 30, 2000) shows that male pattern baldness may well be caused by insulin resistance. Male pattern baldness means loss of hair on the top and front of the head, but not the sides. Insulin resistance means that a person cannot respond well to insulin causing both men and women to have very high blood levels of insulin. When you eat, your blood sugar level rises. To keep blood sugar levels from rising too high, your pancreas releases insulin which drives sugar from the blood into your cells. Some people respond poorly to insulin so their blood sugar levels rise too high and then they produce way too much insulin that causes man and women to lose hair.

Men who are at high risk for male-pattern baldness have the same characteristics as those who are likely to develop diabetes. They store fat primarily in their bellies, rather than their hips, have high blood triglyceride levels, have low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol that prevents heart attacks, have a family history of diabetes , and are at high risk for suffering a heart attack and eventually developing diabetes.

Another study from Johns Hopkins shows that men who lose their hair early usually have high blood levels of insulin like growth factor-1, a hormone that the body produces in response to high blood sugar levels. Women who have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome suffer from male-pattern baldness, have high blood insulin levels and can often be cured by taking medication to lower blood sugar levels and restricting foods that raise blood sugar the most, such as those with added sugar, bakery products, pastas and fruit juices. Eat root vegetables and fruits with other foods, and eat plenty of vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts."


#3

Hmmm been taking it for sinus and chest infections,
could be why my hair seems to be doing better than it ever has

try it for that, in fact google this, and you would be surprised, it not only works better than antibiotics, but in one day instead of 5 to 7 days


#4

» Baldness Linked to Diet?
» By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
»
» “The old theory was that the male hormone, testosterone, is converted to
» another hormone called dihydrotestosterone, that causes hair to grow darker
» and longer on the bodies, faces and sides of the head of men.
» Dihydrotestosterone also causes male pattern baldness by making hair on the
» top of the head thinner, lighter and shorter so you can’t see it.
» Scientists developed a drug called Proscar to shrink enlarged prostates by
» blocking the formation of dihydrotestosterone. The same drug is sold as
» Propecia (at five times the cost) to help hair grow on bald men, but it is
» not very effective.
»
» More than five years ago I reported that the present treatment for
» male-pattern baldness is not very effective and that male pattern baldness
» may be caused by insulin resistance, and that the westen diet which is high
» in sugar and flour may cause irreversible hair loss. A study in the journal
» Lancet (Sept. 30, 2000) shows that male pattern baldness may well be caused
» by insulin resistance. Male pattern baldness means loss of hair on the top
» and front of the head, but not the sides. Insulin resistance means that a
» person cannot respond well to insulin causing both men and women to have
» very high blood levels of insulin. When you eat, your blood sugar level
» rises. To keep blood sugar levels from rising too high, your pancreas
» releases insulin which drives sugar from the blood into your cells. Some
» people respond poorly to insulin so their blood sugar levels rise too high
» and then they produce way too much insulin that causes man and women to
» lose hair.
»
» Men who are at high risk for male-pattern baldness have the same
» characteristics as those who are likely to develop diabetes. They store fat
» primarily in their bellies, rather than their hips, have high blood
» triglyceride levels, have low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol that
» prevents heart attacks, have a family history of diabetes , and are at high
» risk for suffering a heart attack and eventually developing diabetes.
»
» Another study from Johns Hopkins shows that men who lose their hair early
» usually have high blood levels of insulin like growth factor-1, a hormone
» that the body produces in response to high blood sugar levels. Women who
» have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome suffer from male-pattern
» baldness, have high blood insulin levels and can often be cured by taking
» medication to lower blood sugar levels and restricting foods that raise
» blood sugar the most, such as those with added sugar, bakery products,
» pastas and fruit juices. Eat root vegetables and fruits with other foods,
» and eat plenty of vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts.”

i have an ex gf who suffered from PCOS although she denied it
she started thinning after about a year when we met, progressively became very thin
it will also make you infertile


#5

The many uses of ACV: http://earthclinic.com/