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Top 5 Hair Loss Vitamin Supplements
Many people look to vitamins and minerals to help keep their bodies healthy. So, it’s no wonder that individuals often turn to vitamins to prevent hair loss. A condition experienced by both men and women, hair loss can be frustrating and embarrassing. So, what vitamins or minerals do individuals seek to keep their hair thick, healthy, and growing?
All of the vitamins B are important for hair health, but some are more important in combatting hair loss.
- Niacin (B3) helps increase circulation to the scalp, and may stimulate hair growth, thereby preventing hair loss. Chicken, fish, beans, peas, brewer’s yeast, peanuts, and whole grains contain niacin.
- Biotin (B7), sometimes called Vitamin H, is a B-complex component that contains keratin. Therefore, it is thought to help promote hair regrowth and prevent excessive hair loss. Biotin can be found in brewer’s yeast, peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, eggs, liver, and brown rice. Biotin is also found in many hair care products to keep hair moisturized, thicker, and more elastic.
- Pyridoxine (B6) has also been suggested to prevent hair loss. It also promotes hair color and may be found in cereals, eggs, vegetables, liver, and meats.
Vitamin C is suggested by some for its help in improving scalp circulation. Additionally, Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen naturally, which improves hair strength. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits and red peppers.
Vitamin E also helps scalp circulation because it increases oxygen uptake. Vitamin E is thought to speed up hair renewal and prevent further hair loss. Nuts, soy beans, wheat germ, eggs, vegetable oils, and leafy greens are good sources of Vitamin E.
Folic acid deficiency has been thought to cause baldness in men. Folic acid promotes healthy cell growth and hair regeneration. The supplement is thought to decrease the chances of experiencing baldness. Folic acid is found in nuts and in soybeans.
Zinc is important to prevent hair loss because it promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and hair repair. It also promote vitamin absorption, which helps keep hair growing. Zinc can be found in wheat germ, peanuts, lamb, shellfish, oysters, brewer’s yeast or eggs.
While vitamins for hair loss may prove helpful for some individuals, doctors have yet to pinpoint the cause of hair loss, and there may be multiple factors at play, including genetics. Therefore, vitamin supplements are likely to have little or no effect on many individuals. Additionally, vitamins generally are thought to help prevent hair loss, but not to treat the condition if significant hair has already been lost.
Luckily, however, there are other more effective, permanent options available to men and women suffering from hair loss. Hair transplant surgery uses groups of two to four hairs transplanted onto the scalp where these units mimic natural hair growth. The micro-grafts look like your natural hair, making the transplanted hair indistinguishable from that on the rest of the scalp. The hair starts to grow within four months of the treatment and keeps growing permanently.
If you are interested in learning about a permanent solution to thinning hair, contact Hair Loss Specialists today. We will schedule your personal consultation with an expert hair loss specialist who can help you learn about permanent solutions to hair loss.