The vegan diet is often criticised due to it’s expulsion of mineral rich slabs of meat and animal by-products from the diet, on the other hand meat laden diets have been heavily associated with fatty livers and an increase in type II diabetes. While the number of vegetarians and pescatarians has remained similar to 2019, research estimates that the biggest change is veganism. The number of vegans in the UK increased by 419,000 (62%) over the past 12 months.
To function optimally, the cells of the hair follicle and throughout the body need a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Whilst vegans are often told their hair loss is attributed to their meat avoidance, it can not be ignored that meat eaters lose their hair too. Yes, meat is a valuable source of iron, zinc, sulphur, B12 and an abundant source of protein it is also a source of oxidative stress and some cancers , oxidative stress is known to cause hair loss. It would appear that some middle ground would be beneficial.