Vitamins for Hair Growth
Hair plays such a big part in how we see and feel about ourselves. It gives us confidence and can reflect on the outside, the type of person we are on the inside. A thick head of shiny hair is a sign of youth. It increases the beauty of a person. Hair grows from the hair bulb (root), where the cells group together to form a keratin known as hair protein. The hair bulb/follicle is surrounded by and feeds off of tiny blood vessels while it grows—hence any lack of nutrients or hormonal imbalance will affect our hair growth and health.”
Hair loss is such a common problem that the hair care industry is pushing all kinds of ‘miracle cures’ claiming to thicken and/or regrow hair. Up to 55% of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives, while 85% of men will have to deal with major hair thinning by the time they turn 50. To reverse hair thinning, people spend a lot of money on buying shampoos and hair growth supplements and chemicals. Thus it’s a very expensive treatment to opt for.
It’s a well known fact that eating a diet that’s high in saturated fats and low in nutrients can be problematic for the skin. But it should also be mentioned that a poor diet can also have detrimental effects on hair. Bad nutrition can lead to inflammation which causes hair loss. For healthy hair to grow, it’s essential for each strand to have good blood circulation and receive plenty of nutrients to stay thick and strong. Vitamins are very important for our hair. Lack of vitamin causes hair loss. Vitamin-D, Vitamin-B complex are really important for our hair.
B-Complex vitamins are essential to healthy hair. While vitamin B-5 stimulates hair growth at the adrenal glands, biotin is great at repairing damaged hair from too much sun exposure, blow-drying and shampooing. You can take one B-complex vitamin a day or one biotin and one B-5 separately. Eating eggs, nuts, beans, potatoes and avocados on a regular basis is also recommended in order to avoid B-vitamin deficiency.
Fish Oil (Omega-3):
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, are known to reduce inflammation which causes skin and hair disorders. When your scalp is inflamed, it hinders the blood flow to the hair follicles. This eventually leads to hair loss. Taking one to two supplements a day can help reduce the inflammation and promote better blood circulation. Foods high in Omega-3 fats include hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, salmon, tuna, sardines, natto, egg yolk and walnuts.
According to research, many people who have alopecia areata suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. We can boost your vitamin D intake by just going outside for 10-15 minutes. It stimulates the hair follicle and activates the cells within the hair shaft. It’s very hard to get enough vitamin D into your system from just eating food; however fish and mushrooms do contain higher levels of it.
Women are more likely to experience lack of iron which often leads to hair loss. One study suggests that women between the ages of 15 and 45, with an iron deficiency, were more likely to experience hair loss. Taking a daily multivitamin and adding iron rich foods such as spinach, kale, egg yolks, lentils, navy beans, dark chocolate, broccoli and tofu can boost hair growth.
Zinc does wonders to hair. It speeds up the follicle recovery and inhibits their regression. Zinc is a mineral that’s vital for beautiful hair, skin and nails. When there is a deficiency, deterioration of the protein structure begins to happen and lead to weak hair follicles, shedding and hair loss. A crash diet or diet low in calories can also make you deficient in zinc. To make sure we get enough zinc on a daily basis, we need take a daily supplement or add foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach chickpeas, nuts, oysters and eggs.
So for having beautiful hair, one needs to maintain his/her diet. Thus the importance of taking vitamins in a diet is really vital.