Whether you want to grow your hair out or avoid the risk of hair loss, vitamins can help keep your hair healthy and strong. Here are our top 5 picks for the best vitamins for hair growth.
Vitamin A is a commonly known antioxidant also known as retinol and functions mainly to promote eye health; however, Vitamin A is also widely used as a means to promote healthy hair. Vitamin A helps the body naturally produce healthy sebum -- a substance found in the scalp -- which keeps hair from drying and breaking.
Vitamin A is found in the following foods:
- Cod liver oil
- Krill oil
One of the most commonly known vitamins to promote strong hair is biotin -- sometimes called Vitamin H. Biotin helps keep your hair healthy by increasing the elasticity of hair and preventing breakage. Biotin also helps your body naturally produce keratin -- a primary component of healthy hair, skin and nails. While Biotin deficiency isn’t common, some of the symptoms are hair loss (sometimes resulting even in eyebrow and eyelash loss), chronic conjunctivitis, dermatological issues and even mild depression.
Thankfully, deficiency and the related symptoms are simply fixed by taking biotin orally or by getting it through eating the following foods:
- Brown rice
- Green peas
- Brewer’s yeast
Pantothenic acid -- also called Vitamin B5 -- isn’t a commonly used vitamin, but is effective in preventing the graying of hair from aging. It can also help reduce the loss of hair due to aging. Pantothenic acid can also help your scalp get rid of dead skin -- which, when left alone, can deter the growth of new hair follicles.
Pantothenic acid can be found in various foods, such as whole grains and eggs.
Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals that can weigh down your hair. Vitamin E is often referred to as the “good skin” vitamin, but its assistive properties go way beyond helping your skin. Vitamin E helps the body’s circulation by increasing oxygen uptake, which helps the body to produce new hair follicles.
It can be taken by mouth, applied topically or can be found in the following foods:
- Leafy greens
- Wheatgerm oil
The last vitamin that is important for healthy hair is Inositol. Inositol is usually grouped into the Vitamin B group of vitamins. It’s not a commonly known vitamin; however, it is responsible for a number of natural functions within the body. Inositol aids in the health of cell membranes of the eyes, intestines, brain, and bone marrow. However, more recent findings show that men who take extra doses of inositol daily have reported that their hair loss is improved.
While Inositol is produced by the body naturally, it can also be found in the following foods:
- Citrus fruits and cantaloupe
- Whole grain breads
- Brewer’s yeast
Vitamin supplements cannot take the place of a healthy, balanced diet; however, with proper supplements you can help your hair stay healthy and strong so it will grow longer. As always, check with your doctor before adding any sort of vitamin supplement to your diet. The physicians at The Medical Spa of Baton Rouge can help you determine what supplements would best suit your lifestyle and your health goals. Call the spa today to schedule a consultation!