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Can Certain Nutrients Prevent Eyelash Loss?

author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Can Certain Nutrients Prevent Eyelash Loss?
A variety of foods will help you get the nutrients you need for good eyelash health. Photo Credit: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images

There are a number of potential causes for the loss of eyelashes, including skin diseases, side effects of certain medications and metabolic abnormalities. Unless a nutritional deficiency is the cause of your eyelash loss, no single nutrient is going to prevent the loss of your lashes, with the possible exception of lysine. However, making sure your diet is filled with the nutrients needed for eyelash health might help. Consult your doctor before adding any dietary supplements to your diet.

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Benefits of Lysine

A 2002 article published in "Clinical and Experimental Dermatology" reports that the amino acid L-lysine, or lysine, may play an important role in hair loss. However, it's not specific for eyelash loss. Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means your body cannot manufacture it and you must get it from the food you eat.

Foods rich in lysine include meat, poultry, Parmesan cheese, cod fish, nuts, eggs, tofu and beans. Vegetarians and vegans are at risk of not getting enough lysine in their diets, and athletes may need to increase their intake of lysine-rich foods to meet their increased needs.

Include Iron-Rich Foods

If you're losing your eyelashes and you have an iron deficiency, upping your intake of iron might help, according to the 2002 article in "Clinical and Experimental Dermatology." Many groups are at risk of not getting enough iron in their diets, including women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children. Iron-rich foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, spinach, tofu and raisins. To maximize iron absorption, include a food rich in vitamin C with your iron-rich food, such as meatballs and tomato sauce or chickpeas and peppers.

Riboflavin and Biotin

Riboflavin and biotin are two of the eight B vitamins. Although a deficiency of either vitamin is rare, hair loss, which might include loss of eyelashes, is a symptom of not getting enough of these two vitamins in your diet. To make sure you're meeting your daily riboflavin and biotin needs, include good food sources such as fortified breakfast cereals, eggs, chicken, pork, yogurt, cheese, raspberries and avocados.

Biotin is often found in hair supplements. The Linus Pauling Institute reports that taking high doses of biotin supplements does not prevent or treat hair loss.

Menu for Eyelash Loss

Create healthy meals that include the nutrients needed for eyelash health to prevent loss. A healthy breakfast might include hard-boiled eggs with whole-wheat toast, nonfat yogurt and a glass of orange juice. At lunch, to increase your intake of lysine and iron, top spinach greens with chickpeas, sliced red peppers, almonds and raisins and serve with whole-grain crackers and fresh strawberries. Grilled chicken kebabs with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and onions served with quinoa makes a healthy dinner option.

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