Did you know, when we eat a well-balanced diet which incorporates taking selected vitamins and supplements, you are also helping your skin, hair and nails, by strengthening, restoring, renewing?
In addition, in relation to your hair, you may even be slowing down hair loss! If the health of your hair is concerning you it is good to know there are a few vitamins and supplements that can improve the quality of your hair and stop hair loss to some degree.
Let’s take a look at the most important vitamins for hair: PABA, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid. These vitamins not only improve the overall quality of the hair, but they are also considered to reduce the amount of grey in the hair. Whereas brewer’s yeast, a supplement rich in vitamin B, is believed to darken hair. Other important vitamins include:
- Vitamin E is promoted to make hair healthy, thick, and luxurious. Besides taking the vitamin itself, there are many other ways to get healthy doses of vitamin E in your diet. Wheat germ and wheat germ oil, rich in Vitamins E and B, are great dietary supplements for getting enough vitamin E to stimulate hair growth.
- Minerals: magnesium and potassium are two minerals that promote hair growth and can be found in common multivitamin supplements.
- Silicon (Silica) is a supplement usually sold as a “healthy nails, skin, and hair” supplement. Silicon is necessary for bone and connective tissue (collagen) formation. Iodine is another trace mineral helpful for hair quality, usually purchased in the form of kelp tablets.
- Vitamin D, which is found in a multivitamin, is important for the proper assimilation of minerals in the intestines.
- Vitamin A and Vitamin F are also important vitamins to take when you want to have healthy hair. Vitamin A is more of benefit to the scalp. It can be helpful with dandruff and/or a dry itchy scalp. It can be found in multivitamins; however the best place to find it is in cod liver oil. You will find Vitamin F, or the essential fatty acids, present in all unsaturated vegetable oils, raw seeds and nuts. Unsaturated oils in the diet are considered to be valuable to the sebaceous glands, which are located in and around the hair follicles.