Vitamins and Hair Growth
When it comes to healthy hair, your diet is everything! Since most of us aren’t perfect eaters, taking vitamin and mineral supplements ensure that you are filling in the gaps. These handful of vitamins and minerals listed below can and should be taken on a daily basis for a minimum of 12 weeks to see the full results as a complete hair growth cycle is 3 months. If you recently had a baby and notice a lot of hair falling out, it is because your estrogen levels took a major tumble shortly after birth and your body is trying to return to its pre-pregnancy level. Don’t fret, continuing taking your prenatal vitamins and considering adding some of these to help.
MSM aka Methylsulfonymethane
MSM provides the sulfur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential for healthy hair growth. It is also believed to help naturally increase the hair growth phase thus giving you stronger and longer hair. You will find it in the joint/arthritis section of a health food store.
Biotin is most often thought of as the “hair growth vitamin.” It is an essential water-soluble B vitamin. Biotin has come to be known for its role in the health and beauty of Hair, Skin and Nails. It promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. It also increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage. However, biotin also has other uses. It is involved in carbon dioxide transfer and therefore essential to the metabolism of carbohydrate and fat. Biotin can be found in beans, breads, cauliflower, egg yolks, fish, kidney, legumes, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, oatmeal, oysters, peanut butter, poultry, and whole grains.
Vitamin B Complex (eight in all)
It has been long known that some of the B-complex vitamins can do wonders when it comes to improving hair growth, shine and thickness. Available in the form of a super B-complex supplement, the B vitamins help improve the fullness of hair. Vitamin B3 promotes scalp circulation; B5 prevents premature graying and hair loss; B6 promotes healthy hair by stimulating hair growth. Biotin, also a B vitamin, breaks down amino acids and produces fatty acids in the body. Without this vitamin, you can develop hair loss, skin rashes and brittle hair.
B vitamins can be found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs and milk products.
Vitamin E is among the most popular vitamins that people usually take for hair growth and hair repair because it’s known for cell regeneration when taken through a Vitamin Supplement or when applied directly to the hair. The consumption of Vitamin E has been reported to prevent and reverse hair loss because it is able to increase blood circulation to the scalp. Hair growth then becomes the next logical step when the scalp is healthy and the internal body is working properly.
Vitamin C is one of the common vitamins that our body regularly needs. It fights infection which may be the cause of the state of the hair you’re dealing with. If your body is weak or you’re dealing with a certain sickness, then your hair will also reflect your condition, turning lifeless and limp, dry and brittle, and worse, when you experience hair loss and hair breakage. Vitamin C heals your body and soon you will get stronger follicles, have less hair breakage and your hair will regain its bounce and shine.
You may wonder why you should take prenatal vitamins for your hair and scalp when you’re not even pregnant. The truth is prenatal vitamins contain most of the vitamins mentioned in this article and enable you to take them in one go. You have heard of women complaining of hair loss and hair breakage during their pregnancy and it’s due to the depletion of their own nutrients in favor of the baby’s. Think of it as getting a jumpstart on what you need for your hair from a proven and tried and testing method. Most prenatal vitamins contain a combination of the vitamins listed herein in addition to calcium and iron. We recommend our clients to stay on their prenatal for at least one year after giving birth.