It might feel like, no matter what you do, your hair doesn’t’ seem to grow. Or maybe you’ve spent years growing out your hair, only to face dryness, frizziness and breakage. Don’t give up just yet!
Outside of a healthy hair care regimen and nutrition, you need to provide nutrients to your hair. There are 5 essential vitamins that promote hair growth. If you want to have long, healthy hair, here are the top 5 vitamins to look for.
If you look at ingredients in hair supplements, you will probably find B group vitamins, including B1, B3, B6 and so on. Biotin, also called vitamin H, is one of the most powerful B group vitamins. It's necessary to support many functions in the body. Biotin keeps hair supple and prevents drying because it provides healthy fats to hair. It can be found in brown rice, swiss chard, sunflower seeds and also in many hair care products. The best way to get more Biotin into your hair is through a healthy diet rich in Biotin and by using hair products that contain it. Don’t overdo it, though. Some vitamins increase the daily recommended amount by over 1000%! Check out Fulfillity Hair Vitamins for a more balanced supplement regimen.
- Folic Acid
If your hair grows slowly or is really thin, you may be lacking Folate. Folate or B9, plays a vital role in supporting the proper production of new cells and blood cells in particular. Lack of folic acid may show up as thin hair. It can be found in leafy vegetables, liver, sunflower seeds, dried herbs, turnip greens, peanuts, and collard greens. Add more of it in your diet or take supplements, and you will see a dramatic improvement in your hair.
- Vitamin A
Cells need vitamin A for growth. This also includes hair, which is the fastest growing tissue. Vitamin A is also necessary to help skin glands make sebum. Sebum keeps hair healthy and the scalp from becoming dry. It also makes hair shine. Most importantly, vitamin A is needed to help our bodies deal with strain, the main cause of hair loss. Carrots, pumpkins, potatoes, kale, and spinach are high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene metabolizes in our bodies to make vitamin A. It is also found in eggs, yogurt and milk. One of the best sources of beta-carotene is cod liver oil.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is often called a “good skin vitamin”, but its benefits go far beyond that. Vitamin E helps improve blood circulation by increasing uptake of oxygen, which is necessary for the healthy production of new hair. Vitamin E affects the body’s immune function, which decreases the potential for hair loss. It can be applied topically, taken through supplements or found in foods like soybeans, wheat germ oil and nuts. It is recommended to get at least 400 IU (International Units) of Vitamin E every day. Many hair products also contain it, but you will achieve the best results by getting it on the inside. Again beware of the dosage as too much vitamin E can lead to bleeding.
The last important vitamin that is crucial for healthy hair is inositol. Unofficially, it’s grouped into the vitamin B group and is not the most common vitamin, but inositol is responsible for several key functions in the body. Inositol is responsible for the health of cell membranes, especially of those in brain and eyes. Although the body can produce it, you can also get your daily dose in foods like whole grains, beans, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, and yeast.
With proper vitamin supplements, you can significantly slow down premature graying and combat hair loss. Just remember to check with your health care professional, and avoid adding big doses of a certain vitamin to your diet.