Guest post today explaining how certain vitamins impact hair growth, retention, and appearance. I’d add another key component to maintaining good hair growth is adequate amino acids.

vitaminsNoticing that your hair is beginning to thin is not necessarily reason to despair – there are ways to keep your remaining hair strong and healthy. Hair loss can be caused by a multitude of factors including aging, genes, drug use and illness. However, one of the primary causes of hair loss is nutrient and vitamin deficiency. By adding vitamins to your diet, you can protect and improve the health of your hair.

How Vitamins Can Help

A diet that is rich in vitamins will improve your circulation, make you less susceptible to stress and help to balance the hormones in your body – all things which will help stop hair loss. In addition, certain vitamins will not just prevent the causes of hair loss, but will actively work toward improving and strengthening your existing hair.

Let’s take a look at which vitamins and minerals can help the health of your hair.

Vitamin A and D

Vitamin A is vital to the maintenance and growth of your hair. This vitamin regulates acid synthesis in your hair follicles to keep them healthy and productive. Similarly, Vitamin D stimulates the hair follicles and the shafts of the hair, thus encouraging the productivity of these systems and leading to quicker, more robust hair growth.

B Vitamins

Certain members of the Vitamin B complex, on the other hand, will make your body able to better manage stress levels, which is one of the most common causes of premature hair loss.

Other members of this complex vitamin actually improve the quality of the hair itself. B12, part of the B-Vitamin complex, is particularly vital to keeping your hair healthy. Many people suffer from a deficiency in vitamin B12 (as well as the other members of the B vitamin group) and would benefit from a B complex supplement.  Methylcobalamin supplements like these are the best type of B12 because the body can absorb and utilize the nutrient better.

The importance of a vitamin B supplement is even greater for those who eat a diet that contains little to no meat or eggs, as Vitamin B12 does not occur naturally in plant sources.

Iron and Vitamin C

Iron is necessary to the growth of hair, and iron absorption is aided largely by Vitamin C. Like all of the essential nutrients, the human body does not produce its own supply of Vitamin C, and so it is vital to supplement the diet with secure sources of this vitamin.

Vitamin E

In addition to these vitamins which aid in ensuring the health of hair and hair follicles, the growth of hair is also dependent upon the blood flow in the scalp. The production of capillaries in the body is stimulated by vitamin E, thereby improving the flow of blood to the hair follicles.

Recommended Intake

healthy vegetablesThe daily recommended intake of all of these nutrients varies. For example, it is suggested that a healthy diet necessitates roughly 400 IU (international unit) of Vitamin E, 1000 IU of Vitamin D and between 1000 and 2000 milligrams of Vitamin C every day.

While maintaining a diet that is rich in all vital elements is ideal, it can be challenging due to our low nutrient food supply. Most of these vitamins are available in some quantity through regular dietary sources, but adding a multivitamin to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are getting a proper daily supply of all of these nutrients.

Good multivitamins are very affordable and available for sale from numerous different sources. Considering this, ensuring a proper daily intake of vitamins is one of the best ways to protect and encourage the growth of your hair.

David Michaelson is a freelance writer who specializes in health and nutrition topics.  He is a big fan of using natural treatment methods when possible.

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