Hair loss is a natural part of life. Everybody loses some hair every day. However, as we grow older, we tend to lose more hair every day, and it doesn’t grow back. Permanent hair loss is called alopecia. It is caused by a number of things that occur as we age.
Among them are hormone imbalance, problems with circulation, reactions to medications, illness and infection. Heredity is also a determining factor. These are sometimes things we don’t have a lot of control over. There are also less serious causes of hair loss such as over processing of the hair and lack of proper nutrition, which we can control.
In this article, we will discuss the role of essential hair loss vitamins. Read on to learn what top 5 vitamins you should consume in both supplements and food to enjoy the healthiest hair and scalp possible.
1. Vitamin A
One vitamin that is very beneficial for helping hair to grow again is vitamin A. It benefits the skin in general and the scalp specifically by regulating the level of retinoic acid in the hair follicles. Vitamin A can be ingested in capsule form and rubbed on the scalp as a topical oil treatment. Natural sources of vitamin A are easy to identify by their bright orange color. Enjoy apricots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, carrots, butternut squash and paprika to get your vitamin A.
2. Vitamin B
B vitamins are very helpful when it comes to coping with stress, and it is well known that hair loss is a common symptom of stress. There are several different types of B vitamins and they work together to build the immune system and help you mitigate the effects of stress. They are:
- B-12: This vitamin is very nourishing for both the hair and the follicles.
- B-6: Increases levels of hemoglobin, thereby increasing levels of oxygen in your blood.
- B-7: Helps your body metabolize sugar and stabilizes your central nervous system, thus helping you cope with stress.
- B-9: Improves the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen in the bloodstream.
Top 5 Vitamins for Hair Loss
You can take a B complex supplement daily, and it is also an excellent idea to get your B vitamins through healthy eating. You can get B-12 by eating both dairy and soy products. Additionally, fish is a good source of B-12 and so are fortified cereals.
B-6 is available from many sources. Enjoy garbanzo beans (aka: chickpeas) in salads and as hummus. Pistachios and green peas, bananas, pork loin and garlic are also good sources of this B vitamin.
You may have noticed B-7 added to hair care products as biotin. This is actually unnecessary because your body cannot absorb biotin through the hair. Instead, get your B-7 by eating onions, carrots, cauliflower, almonds and halibut. Also be sure to drink your milk.
B-9 is also known as folic acid. Good sources include lentils, peas, collard greens and papaya.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is also very helpful in facilitating the absorption of iron, helping your body cope with stress and boosting the immune system. Both stress management and efficient iron absorption are key to growing and maintaining healthy hair. Like B vitamins, C is a water soluble vitamin that your body cannot produce or store.
For this reason it is important to take a supplement and eat foods rich in vitamin C. Some foods that provide vitamin C are citrus fruits, tomatoes, winter squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, red and green peppers and all green, leafy veggies.
4. Vitamin D
While vitamin D can be stored by the body, it cannot be produced by the body so it is important that we get a healthy amount of it every day. Vitamin D can be supplemented, and it can be gotten from a good diet and the right amount of sunshine. Vitamin D helps promote general health and well-being, and it specifically stimulates the hair follicles and supports the growth of new hair. You can get your vitamin D from oily fish of all kinds, cod liver oil, oysters, mushrooms, eggs and dairy products.
5. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is excellent for the skin and is invaluable in promoting the growth of new capillaries in the scalp. This increases blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn, encourages new hair to grow. You can take vitamin E supplements and enjoy foods such as red bell peppers, kiwi, papaya and other tropical fruits.
Additionally, whole wheat products and nuts are also good sources of vitamin E.
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Vitamin D Deficiency May Cause Hair Loss – Prevention.com
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