Trich and NAC

A 2009 study shows an amino acid NAC (N-acetylcysteine) is affective at treating Trichotillomania. NAC is a food supplement naturally occurring in foods such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, chicken, eggs. It has very few reported side effects and can be taken in larger doses (consult your doctor if you’re unsure). You can buy NAC from Health Food shops and online at Amazon and other websites.

Voluntary Psychologist for Trichotillomania Support Online, Pippa Wright Bsc (Hons) says “This is an exciting development, but there is still a long way to go and we hope some of you will help gather data now that the research can be revealed”.

The affect of NAC is restorative in the area of the brain we have known for a while is affected by glutamate and trichotillomania.

NAC is a relatively harmless supplement as long as you are not pregnant or breast-feeding and don’t have any heart, kidney or lung problems including asthma. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.

You should not expect any momentous improvement in urges before 10 weeks.

Trials were undertaken with volunteers not knowing whether they were given placebos, or the NAC supplement, the NAC group showed significant reduction in hair pulling.

Trials have so far only lasted for three months but we suggest supplementing for a full year as it could take that long to redress any deficiencies within your body.

*I have been taking 2400mg of NAC per day for about 2 months and have noticed a slight decrease in my urge. I will keep you posted about my progress with the combination of NAC and inositol.

Coconut Oil and Castor Oil for Hair Growth

I have read about the benefits of castor oil and coconut oil for hair regrowth.  This is an affordable hair treatment so I ordered some of each and will post my results.

castor oil $6.79

coconut oil $12.95

Here is a great tutorial about using these products:

Using Castor Oil and Coconut Oil to help your hair grow!

*Update*

In my experience these products do not cause hair to grow faster or thicker.  I would recommend these products for hair conditioning, but that is the extent of their wonder.

Biotin for Hair Regrowth

I have started taking Biotin to help my hair grow back.  Biotin is a B vitamin found most commonly in prenatal vitamins. Biotin is supposed to encourage hair and nail growth. Right now I’m taking 10,000 mcg per day as that seems to be a helpful amount for me. Whether it really helps my hair grow better time will tell, that is if I can stop pulling long enough to let my hair grow back.

For those of you who are unaware, extremely high levels of biotin are the “miracle” workers that can be found in 99% of these hair growth medications that are being sold on the market today. Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin that produces keratin, increases hair elasticity, and protects the hair from becoming dry. It also helps thicken the hair to give the appearance of fullness. It is usually paired with MSM which my some hair, skin, & nails supplement do contain.