First let me explain really quick about the hair follicle and how it grows or stops growing. Each follicle has a dermal papilla, which is responsible for our hair growth. The main cell of the dermal papilla gathers nutrients that are brought to it through the blood stream.
If the follicle cannot get the nutrients it needs it tends to reproduce at a slower rate and this in turn either shortens the growing phase called Anagen or lengthens its resting stage called the Catagen phase.
This starving (miniaturization) of the follicle will shrink the hair follicle causing it to become smaller and finer and eventually fall out.
This is noticed when you look in the mirror or even more embarrassing a friend tells you. You will notice things like more hair in the sink or in the hairbrush or even on your furniture. So you see It is very important for a person to have proper nutrients in the diet to maintain hair.
The Best Vitamins for Hair Loss
Hair loss occurs when the diet is inadequate in the B vitamins – especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid; and the minerals magnesium, sulfur and zinc. The B vitamins, especially B5 (pantothenic acid and B3 (niacin), are especially important for hair growth.
Certain essential amino acids are found to control the thinning and thickening of hair in laboratory animals. For example, when rats were fed a diet deficient in magnesium, they lost their hair in bunches. The situation was even more serious with some other B-vitamins. When rats were fed a diet low in biotin or inositol, they became hairless! This nutrient-deficient condition was found to be reversible. When the rats were fed a diet that was rich in B vitamins, it resulted in the complete restoration of hair.
Heavy intake of regular, everyday vitamin supplements, in some cases, have resulted in stimulating hair growth. Men deficient in vitamin B6 often lose their hair. When they are deficient in folic acid, some men became completely bald! As in case of animals, when normal intake of theses vitamins were restored, the hair also returned in most instances.
Taking large doses of vitamin A (100,000 IU or more daily) for a long period of time, on the other hand, can trigger hair loss, but stopping the overdoses of vitamin A will certainly reverse the problem. As in case of deficiencies, often the hair grows back when the cause is corrected.
Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and salmon oil are good sources) improves hair texture. Prevents dry, brittle hair.
Raw thymus glandular stimulates immune function and improves functioning capacity of glands.
These are the best vitamins for hair loss that you can add to your diet to stop hair loss naturally.
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is needed to produce sebum (Scalp oil). Without sebum the hair becomes dry hair, you develop dandruff and a most cases a thick scalp. All of those symptoms could potentially cause you hair loss. Also did you know that studies show aspirin second hand smoke and some prescription drugs could prevent Vitamin A absorption contributing to hair loss.
Be careful because having too much sebum will transfers DHT to the hair follicle and block the hair follicles again causing hair loss.
Vitamin A is found in Mangos, Oranges, Carrots, Sweet potato, Squash and liver.
2. Vitamin B
Vitamin B helps with hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to the scalp in the red blood cells. The main B vitamins that contribute to hair growth and hair loss are Vitamin B-6 and Folic Acid.
Vitamin B-6 is found in fish and seafood, poultry and meats, beans and peas, Potatoes, ready to eat cereals, Bananas, Oatmeal, eggs.
Folic Acid is found in cooked lentils, collard greens, chickpeas, medium papaya, frozen peas, and boiled asparagus.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is responsible for the healthy development of collagen, which is necessary for strong hair.
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, Oranges, Kiwi fruit, Guava, Red sweet peppers.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is needed for good blood circulation to the scalp, it increases the absorption of oxygen.
Vitamin E is found in Vegetable oils, Safflower Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, nuts Turnip greens and other green leafy vegetables are the main dietary sources. Fortified cereals are also an important source for Vitamin E.
With a proper diet you can get all these vitamins naturally, but for most of us taking a daily vitamin it will ensure proper hair growth and help prevent thinning hair and hair loss.