Top 10 Supplements to Promote Hair Regrowth

By | Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3 comments


I get a ton of emails from men and women concerned about their thinning hair or hair loss. My response is always to see a general practitioner before making assumptions about the hair loss. Genetics, vitamin deficiency and general poor health can all contribute to hair loss. 

The good news is that  depending on the cause of hair loss, some vitamins may help to promote hair growth. Since it's not sure which vitamins will work for some and not others, I recommend finding a multivitamin with the following vitamins for the best results.

Biotin
Biotin is known as the "hair vitamin" for good reason. It promotes hair growth and prevents brittle, fragile hair. Severe biotin deficiency can lead to loss of hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows.

Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is one of the most important vitamins for our hair and a deficiency can result in hair loss and premature graying. Plenty of people are B12 deficient. Vitamin C and iron should be included while taking B12 to assist in absorption.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Niacin improves circulation to the scalp and for this reason may have a positive effect on hair growth. Studies have found that niacin works better when combined with biotin.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C prevents hair loss as well as premature graying, dryness, and brittle hair. If you're not getting enough vitamin C from your diet, you should take a supplement to make sure you're getting enough.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps to prevent and reverse hair loss thank to its ability to grow new blood vessels and increase circulation to the scalp. Topical vitamin E applied to the scalp may also help to regrow hair.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is beneficial for the whole body and this includes the scalp and hair. Also, vitamin D is necessary in order for the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy follicles.

Vitamin A
A vitamin A deficiency can lead to dry hair which can contribute to hair loss. Vitamin A stimulates the hair follicles and helps the scalp to produce sebum, which keeps the scalp and hair hydrated.

MSM Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM is a nutrient that is crucial for the health of the hair. Because a lot of people are deficient, many experts recommend taking an MSM supplement for healthy hair and skin.

Zinc
A zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss. Zinc contributes to cell regeneration, sebum production in the scalp, and protein synthesis.

Iron**
Several studies have found that an iron deficiency, even if it's not so severe as to cause anemia, may cause or worsen hair loss. Researchers have found that women who develop hair loss have lower levels of iron than women who don't, especially when the hair loss is caused by alopecia. But the interesting thing is that the researchers found that no matter what the cause of hair loss, low iron levels can exacerbate the problem.

**It is important to add that you should not take extra amounts of iron before checking with your doctor because too much iron can cause problems just as too little can. have your vitamin levels checked by your general practitioner before taking supplements.

Here's hoping that this list of vitamins will assist you the next time you go to grab a hair, skin and nail vitamin. Are you taking any supplements for the hair? Have you seen any progress so far? Let us know in the comment section below.

Have a Good Hair Day!!!
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