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Taking These Vitamins For Hair Can Make Dramatic Impact On Hair Growth And Preventing Hair Loss

Updated on February 7, 2016
Close up of human hair
Close up of human hair | Source

Hair is one of the most important aspects when it comes to a person’s appearance. Everybody admires long and healthy hair. And it is not just a pleasing site to the admirer but also a great confidence booster for the one who possesses it. Women in particular are very concerned about keeping their hair in the best possible shape since good hair can earn them lavish compliments.

There are many cosmetic products available in the market, which promise to keep hair healthy and lend it an unparalleled shine and volume. But it is very important to understand that no amount of such products would be able to help you if your hair is not getting its share of essential natural food. Natural food of the hair refers to the various vitamins and minerals, which your hair gets through your diet. If your hair is denied healthy food then you can never get that lustrous healthy look with just the help of cosmetic products.

The need for proper hair food is graver considering that your hair gets exposed regularly to the harsh UV rays, dust, humidity, and other such elements. In addition, factors like stress, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking only aggravates the situation. This leaves a very negative impact on the hair which manifests itself in the form of dryness, dandruff, hair loss, limpness and so on. The only way to give your hair its former healthy look is to give your hair its proper share of essential vitamins for hair.

The Importance Of Vitamins For Hair Growth

The human scalp has numerous hair follicles and every follicle produces about 0.35 mm of hair shaft every day. Although a lot of hair follicles are lost each day by an average human scalp, the remaining follicles maintain this process of production so that the hair grows in its length over a period of time. Just like our body needs good nutrition for any heavy activity similarly our hair also requires good nutrition for carrying out this heavy activity. The supply of multivitamins, essential amino acids and minerals is a must for keeping the hair follicles active. Research has shown that improper availability of these sources can hamper the hair’s optimal growth and in some cases it can even lead to a stagnation of hair growth.

Best Vitamins For Hair Growth

There are many kinds of vitamins which you can concentrate on when it comes to the best vitamins for hair growth. Most hair specialists suggest including a fair amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E in the diet.

Vitamin A has antioxidant properties which encourages the hair to produce sebum which is essential for the scalp. However, over intake of vitamin A (more than 25,000 IU a day) can lead to hair fall and various other negative manifestations. Daily intake of beta-carotene is advised by skin specialist to people who don’t have access to enough vitamin A containing food since beta-carotene eventually gets converted to vitamin A.

Vitamin C is well-known for skin-health but most people don’t know that it is equally good for the hair as well. The major contribution vitamin C is that it promotes better blood circulation in the scalp. This is very important for the process of hair growth.

Research shows that even vitamin E helps in the process of hair growth. However, vitamin E does not directly contribute to this process. It does so by building up the body’s immune system in such a way that the germs of most hair-damaging disease cannot enter the body.

Vitamin D is believed to be the key factor behind the regulation of hair sebum secretion. This means that proper intake of vitamin D can lead to lustrous hair.

Hair Loss Preventive Vitamins

Vitamin B is crucial for the prevention of hair loss. Biotin (or vitamin B7) is responsible for the creation of keratin which is known for the prevention of hair loss and hair graying. Apart from these important functions biotin also keeps the hair follicle healthy which in turns keeps the overall appearance of the hair as healthy. Pantothenic acid (or vitamin B5) and vitamin B12 also share the same anti-hair fall and anti-hair graying properties as vitamin B7.

Niacin (vitamin B3) maintains good blood circulation in the scalp. This is very important because if blood circulation is improper then the hair follicles will not be able to access the essential nutrients which are transmitted to the hair follicle through blood.

Vitamin B6 is also equally important since it is responsible for the creation of melanin. Melanin is an organic pigment, which is responsible for giving hair its color. So if the melanin creation in the body is low then irrespective of how healthy one eats the hair will appear limp and lifeless.

Vitamin Supplements

Even though most of the essential vitamins for hair are easily available in our surroundings one might not be able to include all of them regularly in our diet. But there is no need to worry. You can take vitamin supplements if you are always on the go and don’t have the time to eat vitamin containing food. Vitamin supplements mainly come in the form of capsules and contain all the essential vitamins. They are easily available over the counter so you don’t even require a prescription. However, it is always recommended to consult your physician before starting the consumption of vitamin supplements.

In A Nutshell

Your hair reflects your eating habits and your lifestyle practices. If you want long, voluminous, and lustrous hair then you must pay great attention to your dietary intake. Multivitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, D and E are well known for their hair growth promoting nature. Inclusion of B vitamins in your diet is a must for prevention of hair loss. Furthermore, it is also very important to control the body’s hormonal level since disturbed hormonal levels can lead to dryness or over-greasiness of the hair.


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