Hair Vitamins for Hair Growth
B Vitamins : Vitamin B helps carry oxygen and nutrients to your scalp which aids in hair growth. One of the best known for hair growth is a B Vitamin called biotin. Although biotin is used as an alternative hair loss treatment, those who are deficient have the best results. Deficiency of this vitamin is very rare because it occurs naturally in a wide range of foods.
Foods that contain this B Vitamin include whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark leafy greens. Additionally, animal foods are good sources of Vitamin B -12, another important vitamin when it comes to hair health. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, consider taking a supplement.
Vitamin C : This is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect against the formation of free radicals caused by stress. In addition, your body needs Vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen , which is an important part of the hair structure. This vitamin also helps your body to absorb iron; a mineral necessary for hair growth.
Strawberries, peppers, guava, and citrus fruit are all good sources of Vitamin C.
Vitamin D : Research shows that vitamin D may help to create new hair follicles (the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow). Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to alopecia; a technical term for hair loss.
Vitamin D is thought to play a role in hair production, but most research focuses on vitamin D receptors. The actual role of vital D in hair growth is unknown.
Most people don't get enough Vitamin D and it may still be a good idea to increase your intake. Our bodies produce Vitamin D through direct contact with the sun's rays. Good dietary sources of this vitamin include fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods like almond milk and cereals.
Vitmin E : Similar to C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress and boost hair growth.
Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados are all good sources of this vitamin.
Iron : Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to our cells. This makes it an important mineral for many bodily functions including hair growth. Iron deficiency which causes anemia is a major cause of hair loss, especially for women.
Foods high in iron include shellfish like clams and oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.
Zinc : Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicle work properly. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency.
However, there are some that have reported supplementing with too high a dose of zinc and have experienced hair loss as well. For this reason, it may be better to get your zinc from whole foods. Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and lentils.
Protein : Hair is made almost entirely of protein. Consuming enough is important for hair growth. Studies show that protein deficiency may decrease hair growth and even lead to hair loss. However, actual protein deficiency is extremely rare in the Western world.
Should you take a hair supplement?
Food is the best source of vitamins and minerals that you need for hair growth and health. However, if you fail to get enough in your diet, a supplement may be helpful.
Here are a few by name... Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins (vegan friendly), Hair, Nails and Skin, Hairfinity, Hair Tru, ViBrance.
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