Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes That Promote Hair Growth

Hair Envy?

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After writing the hub, “Using Antioxdants to fight Wrinkles,” one of my good friend and fellow hubber, tony0724 ask, “You have anything for hair?” Now, how can I refuse such a suggestion, even if it were made in jest? So, Tony, here’s one for you and I know you have hair, alright. If you have thinning hair, bald spots or unhealthy hair, read on. Even if you just suffer from hair-envy, often wishing you have a full head of hair—the kind that turns head and send other people wishing, this is the hub for you.

Healthy hair growth is determined by a number of factors such as genetics, nutrition and general health of your body. While you can’t play with genetics, there are some things you can tweak to help your hair grow healthier. Can specially formulated hair growth pills promote hair growth? There is very little scientific evidence to support these claims. However, there are certain vitamins, minerals and enzymes that may help hair growth.


Before we delve into the subject at hand, let’s take a little detour that can actually help us better understand hair and all its glory.

  • Hair is mainly make up of keratin (protein consisting of amino acids) and moisture. It can absorb the equivalent of its own weight in water.
  • We have an average of 90,000 to 140,000 hairs on the head.
  • It is the second fastest growing tissue in the body, after bone marrow.
  • Between 50 to 100 hairs can be lost each day. Thankfully, it is not noticeable unless you lose 50% of the hair on the head.
  • Hair loss can be triggered by stress, trauma, sharp changes in diet or hormones.
  • Exposing your hair to harsh chemicals, too much sun and unhygienic hair care can also compromise hair health.
  • A single hair can support 6 ½ pounds of weight.
  • One inch of hair can reveal facts about your behavior. Scientists can uncover what you eat, drank in the last month or the kind of environment you lived just by studying your hair.
  • Hair is incredibly strong—it is stronger than copper wire of the same diameter.
  • It is also incredibly elastic—it can stretch 30% before snapping.
  • Hair growth is measured in phases. The growth phase(anagen) lasts an average of 3 to 5 years. It will then enter the resting stage (catagen), about 2 to 3 weeks. During the final stage (telogen), hair falls out.
  • American men spend more than a billion dollars a year fighting hair loss.

Vegetables with B vitamins.

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Foods that promote hair growth have often been dismissed as more myth than science since studies are often inconclusive, due to the fact that there isn’t a reliable method to measure hair thickness. But given the fact that hair is very responsive to the health of our body, it makes sense that eating healthy foods can swing the odds in our favor. What then are some nutrients that can encourage hair growth?

B Vitamins

There are a number of B vitamins that can promote hair growth, according to Holistic Hair Care. These include B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyroxidine), vitamin B7 (biotin) and vitamin B12. B vitamins can be found in eggs, whole grains, vegetables, meats, fish and dairy. Now, that’s a very big spectrum of foods you can eat.

Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for cell growth and the production of fatty acids and amino acids. According to Oregon State University, biotin deficiency may result in hair loss. As such, biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and promoting hair growth.

Vitamin E

Natural News pointed out that vitamin E stimulates capillary growth in the scalp. This results in better scalp circulation, which in turns speeds up hair growth. Increase circulation can also prevent split ends and heal damaged hair. Include these vitamin E rich foods in your diet: healthy oils, dark leafy green vegetables, liver, egg and nuts.

Omega-3 Fats

According to Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, essential omega-3 fatty acids support scalp health. A healthy scalp promotes healthy hair growth. A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can result in a dry scalp and as a result, dry and dull hair. Salmon and cold water fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t like fish, try including a teaspoon or two of ground flaxseeds in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that doubles up as an antioxidant that promotes hair growth. Other hair-boosting minerals include magnesium, calcium and selenium.

Cysteine

Cysteine forms the most common amino acid in hair, according to Haircare information. Cysteine contains sulfur molecules, which can create chemical bonds to strengthen hair.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is often associated with skin care, but this important enzyme found in fish, meat and vegetables can improve scalp circulation and increases tissue oxygenation. Both these functions help to stimulate hair growth.

Bromelian

Love pineapple? Here's good news. Bromelain is a popular plant enzyme found in many hair care products. It is derived from the common pineapple plant and is commonly used to promote hair growth.

Substance P

According to PubMed, Substance P induced significant hair growth from the telogen (resting stage of hair cycle) to the anlagen (active growth) phase. This same effect is seen in the use of the active ingredient found in red peppers, capsaicin. Capsaicin releases substance P from nerve endings in the skin.

Herbs

In one study, 44% of the people who rubbed thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood essential oils on bald spot had new hair growth. Other herbs include saw palmetto and fenugreek.

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einron profile image

einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Quite comprehensive coverage. Thanks.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

anglnwu nice job here ! You are definitely a fountain of knowledge.I am gonna have to up my Zinc and eat more pineapple apparently . Thanks for the shout out. And I am honored I could Inspire you. You rock anyway !


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

eiron, it's nice to see u again. Thanks for dropping by.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

tony, thanks for your kind comments. More zinc and pineapple--now, that should be a piece of cake. Take care.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Great and informative hub! I will have to share this with my 10 year old who's obsessed with long hair. She may be more motivated to eat her veggies. ha ha ha. Rated UP!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

ang- as always your Hubs are full of the best information. You inspire me once again .. great Hub and I will have to take your lead:))))))


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a2z50 6 years ago

Great job on the research you have done. And a very nice presentation . I'm sure you have put good information in this Hub for many people .

Thank you , and great work.

Ron

As Always Also a2z50


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a2z50 6 years ago

Ooopppsss

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Hahha, Word, good luck on your pep talk with your daughter. I've the same problem with my daughter--she absolutely hates vegetables and no amount of persuasion can move that resolve. Let me know if the "hair--veggies connection" talk works with her. Thanks for rating it up and I greatly appreciate you dropping by.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Shari, it always makes my day to have your pretty face show up on my hub door. Enjoy your day and I hope your computer is co-operating today. Thanks for dropping by.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Ron, thanks for visiting twice. Appreciate your comments and you have a good day.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Anginwu, This is an excellent hub on hair and the vitamins that are most important. I have forwarded the link to a friend who needs help already. Thumbs up!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Pamela, thank you for taking time off to comment. Hope your friend finds this useful. Have a nice day.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Anginwu

Brilliant information here-I will share it with some deserving causes:)


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

itakins, thank you for your enouraging comments.


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wittywit 6 years ago from INDIA

great work again verry informative


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, wittywit--i just left a comment on your hair hub too.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great job as usual my anglnwu. I always love reading your health and beauty hubs because you teach me something new. :) Never knew there were so many minerals and enzymes that were good for the hair. Will have to make sure I tell my sister about this hub as well. Thanks for sharing. :)


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Money, lovely to see you and you always have such nice things to say too. Glad you can learn something new. I like that about your hubs too--always full of useful information. Thanks for dropping by. You seem to have a great relationship with your sister--that's really priceless. Enjoy your day.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Love health hubs and your hubs which are always full of information, I rated it up my nagel, morning, Maita


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Maita, good to see you again. Thanks for rating it. Have a great day.


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

I was away from HP for such a long time and now I realize what informative hubs I have missed. Thanks for sharing this knowledge with us. Have to catch up with your other hubs


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Jayb, it's sooooo good to see u again, after such a long time. How have u been? Glad you're back and thanks for dropping by with your encouraging comments.


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

Iam fine anglnwu..was immersed in work but i m so glad to be bak..lookin forward to read your other hubs.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Welcome back, jayb. Glad you're doing good!


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Charia Samher 6 years ago

Hi anglnwu, how are you my friend? Another lovely hub you have here. I have problems with my hair lately and nice to have read new information about hair..miss u btw. =)


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Charia, it's so good to see you. How have u been? Thanks for coming by to comment:)


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Charia Samher 6 years ago

I'm good. I always think of the few friends I left here in HP. I hope to write again someday..yeah maybe one of these days, we'll never know. =P


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Charia, I consider u one of my good friends here, though i don't see u much. We started out together, so hopefully, you can still write, whenever, your muse takes u here. Keep in touch.


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Terrylee5151 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Very nice post....I have been planning on doing a post on my blog about how damaging some of the shampoos they sell are for your hair.

I promote natural or organic products on my blog. I also promote herbs, supplements, teas, etc.

Check out my profile for the url. Thanks Terry


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Terry, for your comments. I'm going over to check out your profile...:)


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Jasnav 6 years ago

Great hub Anginwu!

You got it all covered, from the basics of hair to how to handle hair loss.

Keep going!


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Jasnav!


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catalyst20 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

It's nice to discover a lot of things I need for my thinning hair from you. Thanks a lot.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, catalyst, for dropping by.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

This is great! I take vitamins that include all that you have listed. I use suave lavender shampoo and conditioner when I wash my hair. Maybe you could write a hub on the best hair products? I have a question as well. Does the rain help your hair to grow? My aunt use to collect rain water to use when she washed her hair.

Great article and I have saved it for future reference. I voted up! Really useful.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Jo Goldsmith. Rainwater--I really don't know about that, though sometimes, old wives remedies may work. Is your aunt's hair one of envy? If so, maybe, she has a point. You seem to take good care of yourself and that's commendable. Thanks again for dropping by.


Rizzy 4 years ago

thank you so much for unveiling this treasured prize.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Rizzy, for your encouraging comment.


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jaswinder64 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

Thanks for answering to my question and you gave me link to this article, Which is very informative and interesting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

jaswinder, I'm glad you find this useful. Thanks for commenting.


ghbndf 4 years ago

grow more hair


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

I know Biotin works really great. Very informative and useful hub. Thanks for sharing wonderful hub. Voted up!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Urmilashukia, good to see you here. Glad that biotin works for you. Thanks for your comments.

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