Nourishing Vitamins for Hair

Overview

If your hair is damaged or grows slower than you would like, you may just need to take your vitamins. According to the Vitamins and Nutrition Center, when your body lacks certain nutrients, lackluster skin and hair often occurs.If you increase the amount of hair-nourishing vitamins that you consume, you will quickly begin to notice an improvement in the overall health of your hair.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E can aid in increasing the circulation of blood to the scalp through increased oxygen uptake, states Holistic Online. When the blood circulation is increased, the nutrients from vitamins and other foods are able to nourish hair follicles. Over the course of time, your hair will grow faster and become healthier and stronger. Holistic Online advises a dose of 400 IU.

Vitamin B Complex

According to Holistic Online, vitamin B complex may be the most important vitamin for boosting hair growth and making your hair healthier. It is filled with vitamins that nourish the hair, such as biotin, panthenol and niacin. Biotin prevents premature graying and promotes hair growth, panthenol prevents hair loss and niacin increases circulation to the scalp. Vitamin B complex also includes inositol, which also prevents the loss of hair, and para-aminobenzoic acid, which also prevents the hair from turning gray. The Vitamin and Nutrition Center advises taking 50 mg per day.

Vitamin C

When most people think of vitamin C, they typically think of it as a cold prevention. The truth is that vitamin C has a variety of different functions and can be extremely beneficial to the hair. This vitamin increases the amount of iron and glucosamin that is absorbed into the body. These elements are very important to hair growth and healthy hair. Like vitamin E, vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it also improves the amount of blood that circulates to the scalp. Dosages vary for this vitamin, but The Vitamins and Nutrition Center recommends 1 to 2 g daily.

Vitamin A

When trying to encourage healthy hair, vitamin A is another important vitamin. Vitamin A aids in keeping the hair follicle lubricated at the root by promoting healthy sebum at the scalp. This promotes hair growth, health and repair. Dr. Mahmet Oz in his book “You: Staying Young” advises no more than a 2,500 IU dose.

Vitamin D

When it comes to vitamins, vitamin D is often not considered, although it is equally as important as the more popular vitamins. Studies have suggested that not getting enough vitamin D can actually lead to hair loss. The good news is that as long as you are getting adequate amounts of sunlight, your body can produce its own vitamin D. According to “You: Staying Young”, a daily dose of 800 IU is required for those under 60, a 1,000 IU-dose for those over 60.

Considerations

By taking red meat completely out of your diet, you can actually promote hair growth. Oz and his co-author Dr. Michael F. Roizen note there is a strong connection between animal fat and people going bald. A high-fat diet leads to the production of dihydrotestosterone, otherwise known as DHT, and causes severe damage to the hair follicles. DHT effectively blocks proteins and vitamins from nourishing the follicles. If you do not wish to cut red meat from your diet, drinking green tea on a daily basis can slow down the production of DHT.

About this Author

Kristin Davis has been writing since 2004, specializing in the health and fitness fields. She has written for online and print publications including Fitness Monthly and Creative Circle. Kristin has certification through the International Fitness Professionals Association as a personal trainer.