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4 Supplements for Telogen Effluvium That May Just Work

By Kyle Kirkland
Medically Reviewed by Rawaa Almukhtar, MD on April 12, 2021
Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair loss that can affect anyone. Here are four supplements that may help prevent and repair it.

Telogen effluvium is a type of temporary hair loss that occurs when hair stops growing and eventually falls out. Telogen effluvium can affect anyone, but there are options to prevent or treat it. If you want to approach your treatment differently, here are four supplements for telogen effluvium that may help you. 

The following nutrients can be taken as a supplement or found in healthy foods:


According to the American Society of Hematology, iron deficiency anemia (issues within your blood) is the most common form of deficiency in the United States. Iron is necessary to maintain healthy cells, skin, and hair.

“Providing the proper nutrients for hair growth can be an essential part of regrowth,” Arielle Levitan, MD at Internal Medicine tells WebMD Connect to Care. “These include iron since many people have low-level iron deficiency, even if they are not overtly anemic,” Levitan says. 

Taking an iron supplement or eating iron-rich foods like red meat or leafy greens can make your red blood cells healthier so they can give oxygen to important parts of your body, like your hair.

Vitamin C

According to Levitan, if you have low iron, you should also take vitamin C. “It is important for building hair but also for helping to absorb the iron,” Levitan says. In addition, a 2019 review published in SpringerLink found that vitamin C was critical for treating hair loss associated with iron deficiency. 

Vitamin C is found in foods like citrus fruits, cabbages, and potatoes.


Zinc is essential in the growth and repair of hair tissue, along with keeping the oil glands around the hair follicles operating,” Best says. 

Zinc makes proteins and DNA for the body, which keeps the body and hair cells healthy. Zinc is found in beans, nuts, chicken, and oysters.


Though the use of biotin as a hair growth supplement is prevalent, research demonstrating the efficacy of biotin is limited. In cases of biotin deficiency, supplementation may be of benefit. However, such cases of biotin deficiency are uncommon. Therefore, there is a lack of sufficient evidence for biotin supplementation in healthy individuals.

Know Your Triggers

Since telogen effluvium is usually caused by stress, combining some stress-reducing practices along with the above supplements can help in treating and preventing telogen effluvium.

Don’t Wait. Get Help Today.

The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Speak to a medical professional today to begin your journey to a fuller head of hair.