What is the best vitamin for hair loss?
People often ask what vitamins should I take for thinning hair? Fish oils are considered one of the top six vitamins for hair growth as they are rich in oleaginous acids. External research has been conducted in both human and animal studies, of which concentrated on the effects of skin and health within hair. Results have shown that Omega-3 contains fatty oils which support and nourish hair, as well as reducing inflammation which can amount to hair loss.
Fish Oils-Omega-3 and 6
A study, processed in 2015, published an article in; ‘Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology’ demonstrates an evaluation of intake from omega-3 and omega-6 supplements over a six-month period. They focused on the antioxidants of hair loss. This has suggested the primary result of hair density (processed through photographs) had increased within the 120 healthy, female subjects. As well as, the active hair follicle percentage and diameter distribution of hair growth increasing. Overall, the assessment presented a supreme improvement with use of supplements. This is shown through the reduction of hair loss result percentage as 89.9 and the improvement of hair velocity, with an overall increase of 86 percent.
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Foods which contain Omega-3 include proteins such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, along with white fish, egg yolks, walnuts and hemp seeds. This produce can reduce inflammation and neutralise hormones.
However, if these foods aren’t part of your usual diet, there are supplements available.
Supplements should be consumed in one-two capsules or a tablespoon of quality fish oil. Be sure to consult with your health care provider before taking supplements, especially if you suffer with a blood thinning disorder as this may increase bleeding.
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Zinc is a vital vitamin for hair loss. It has been used as an oral supplement for treatment against hair loss disorders such as; telogen, effluvium and alopecia. This remedy has evolved due to zinc‘s effect of multiplying enzymes, an important co-factor within active hair follicles. Also, zinc accelerates hair follicle recovery and is able to restore hair.
Furthermore, external studies have suggested that some patients suffering from alopecia areata generally have a zinc deficiency. Therefore, consuming zinc sulphate through therapy serves as an effective treatment.
The role of zinc and its predominant status was further tested in a 2013 case study. They tested for zinc in four hair loss types. Remarkably, all the studies suggested the zinc component possessed a greater absence in subjects suffering from hair loss (especially the alopecia areata group,) in comparison to the control group. This went on to prove accuracy in the original hypothesis being; ‘disturbances in the zinc metabolism is a key factor to hair loss’.
B-Complex Vitamin (Biotin & B5)
As well as biotin vitamins being used as alternative treatment to hair loss, they are also an excellent supplement which acts by restore hair tissue that has previously been damaged. Hair can become impaired when the strands are exposed to things such as; the sun, excessive amounts of shampoo and heat products (hair straighteners and hair dryers.)
Vitamin B5 supports the follicles gland and encourages hair growth.
A study was then published again in ‘the British Journal of Dermatology’ revealed a biotin combination significantly increased the thickness of hair and increased the existing scalp fibres, causing the hair to become stronger and more susceptible to applied force.
A biotin deficiency can result to hair loss. People can suffer from this due to factors such as smoking, liver diseases and even pregnancy and breast feeding due to the foetus or baby extracting the mother’s biotin supply to ensure development.
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To help preserve biotin and increase hair growth, it has been advised to take one B-complex vitamin every day and/or to consume foods high in biotin such as nuts, avocado, potatoes, chicken and eggs.
Research has suggested that the ageing process can be greatly influenced by stress. Ageing can be damaging to hair as cellular structures can be dismembered due to a decrease in the bodies defensive enzymes. This can cause the hair to become grey and eventually, hair loss.
However, Vitamin C does act as a solution as it attacks oxidative stress. To increase the intake of Vitamin C, eat foods such as oranges and red peppers, kale and broccoli. Or take recommended amounts of Vitamin C supplements (roughly 500-1000mg) daily.
Some research, conducted at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, has suggested that an iron deficiency may be related to types of alopecia, diffuse hair loss and Telogen effluvium. A mean percentage of the women tested positive of an iron deficiency also suffered from Telogen hair loss. This study has shown that people, especially women, suffering an iron deficiency are more likely to suffer from hair loss.
To increase the intake of iron it is advised to consume iron rich foods such as spinach, egg yolks, navy and black beans and beef. Also, take a multi vitamin daily. However, be sure not to exceed recommended doses of iron as this can cause an overload.
People often wonder can a lack of vitamin D cause your hair to fall out? The vitamin D hormone is a vital contributor to the immune system, calcium levels and cell growth. Research taken from a cross-sectional study of 86 patients has suggested that low levels of vitamin D play part of autoimmune diseases, including alopecia (hair loss.)
To gain vitamin D is best achieved when there in direct exposure to sunlight. Sitting in the sun for 10-15 minutes allows the body to absorb roughly 10,000 units of vitamin D. This exposure encourages the hair cycle and growth of hair. A person can further increase their vitamin D levels by eating foods such as white fish, mushrooms and halibut.