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Hair Loss Supplements May Prevent Balding
by Jane Meggitt
Wouldn’t taking a tablet to prevent hair loss prove a magical invention? Well, there is no magic tablet available yet, but there are various supplements you can take that may slow down or even prevent hair loss. Combined with the right diet, these supplements can keep hair on your head longer, so you don’t have to proceed to more drastic measures, such as hair transplants or topical – and messy – hair restoration medications.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If your scalp is dry and itchy, you need more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. These essential fats help maintain skin and hair health, and encourage sebum production in hair follicles. Daily fish or flaxseed supplements contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies of women with female pattern hair loss have found that taking fish and flaxseed supplements over a six month period can increase hair growth, along with increasing the density and diameter of hair strands.
Foods chock full of essential fatty acids include fish, nuts and avocados. The latter fruit is a superfood with plenty of nutrients for overall health, including hair growth.
This B vitamin, also known as vitamin H or vitamin B7, can strengthen your hair’s protein structure. It has a similar effect on nails and skin. Biotin is found in eggs, whole grains, cheddar cheese, milk, legumes, nuts and meat.
Another B vitamin, B9 to be exact, folic acid helps improve blood circulation, which aids your hair follicles. Folic acid is found in leafy vegetables such as spinach, citrus fruits, beans, rice and pastas.
Selenium and Zinc
These trace minerals keep the scalp healthy by aiding tissue growth and cell repair. Zinc is found in oysters, poultry and red meat, while selenium is found in nuts, fish, grass-fed beef and poultry.
Also known as vitamin B3, water soluble niacin helps improve blood flow to the scalp, providing nutrients to hair follicles. Niacin-rich foods include mushrooms, poultry, liver, tuna and nuts.
Vitamin A is absolutely necessary for hair growth. Signs of vitamin A deficiency include hair loss. Supplementing with vitamin A is tricky, as too much of the vitamin can actually lead to hair loss and other side effects. For best results, get vitamin A through your diet rather than supplements. Foods rich in vitamin A include kale, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash.
This powerful antioxidant helps create and maintain collagen, the primary composition of hair. While citrus fruits are a strong source of Vitamin C, they are far from the only ones. Other foods full of vitamin C include raw green and red peppers, kale, strawberries and Brussels sprouts.
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