The most common hair loss condition is genetic Androgenic Alopecia which is caused by the hormone compound DHT coming in contact with the male pattern baldness gene. This triggers the hair follicles to slowly decline (atrophy) and eventually cease hair growth. Hair quality naturally reduces during this process. Taking supplements to maintain healthy hair will not reduce the effects of male pattern baldness, but possible maintain your hair and scalp in the best possible condition.
The majority of hair supplements concentrate on similar vitamins and minerals to promote healthy hair growth. Vitamin C, Biotin, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin A, all of which are technically essential for hair growth. Some nutritional deficiencies are common, they can be due to a poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle in general, these include iron, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B12.
Vitamins Can Improve Your Hair & Skin Condition
Ever have a bad hair day? Often they coincide with burning the candle at both ends. A heavy schedule at work, little sleep, poor eating habits etc. Not only on these occasions but in general it is important to ensure you’re eating enough protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B. If you’re generally not one for a balanced diet then supplements can help. Here are examples of known and important supplements that can aid healthy hair growth to consider.
Biotin is a B-complex vitamin. Probably the most known of the supplements by hair loss sufferers. It can be found in many products to treat hair loss. Not only as a supplement. Also known as vitamin H. Biotin strengthens the protein infrastructure in hair, skin, and nails. Overall an important supplement to maintain the health of your body. B-vitamins can be found in many food products such as whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, and seafood.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. This helps to protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Both vitamin A and vitamin C help the body produce sebum. That is the natural oils secreted from the sebaceous glands on the side of the hair follicle wall. The natural oil that protects your hair and keeps it strong.
A zinc deficiency is a common problem with hair loss sufferers. Studies have shown that taking a zinc supplement can reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency. Zinc is a trace mineral. It plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy scalp, hair tissue growth, and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.
An iron deficiency or anaemia is more common in women than men. Affecting about 20% of women and 3% of men. There are a number of reasons that can cause an iron deficiency. One being if your body doesn’t absorb iron properly from food. Supplements are often prescribed by your Doctor or can be found in foods like red meat, poultry, salmon, tuna, and whole eggs.
Check Before Starting Supplements
Before starting any new treatment regime check with your hair specialist or doctor. It is possible to have too much of a good thing sometimes. Vitamins and minerals may be natural but we only require a certain amount to maintain a healthy body, including healthy hair and skin. Too much vitamin C or zinc, for example, could cause diarrhea, and stomach cramps.