What Kinds of Vitamins to Take to Help Hair Growth?

Many factors such as environmental toxins and cigarette smoke and hormonal imbalances and physical/emotional stress can wreak havoc on your hair. Fortunately, much of the damage done to your hair can be prevented and/or reversed by eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking the right combination of vitamins. Certain vitamins play especially important roles in promoting and maintaining healthy hair growth.

Vitamin B Complex

B vitamins are essential when it comes to promoting and maintaining healthy hair growth. In all, there are eight B vitamins, but vitamin B12 and B6 are particularly important. Both vitamin B6 and B12 are responsible for maintaining healthy hemoglobin levels in the blood. Hemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Oxygen helps make and keep tissue, like hair, healthy. The easiest way to make sure you get enough of all the B vitamins is to take a vitamin B complex supplement. Whole grains, eggs, organ meats, and many vegetables are excellent sources of B vitamins as well.

Biotin and Inositol

Biotin and inositol are two B vitamins that deserve special attention. Biotin helps improve the health and condition of the scalp and promotes healthy hair follicles. Inositol is important in preventing hair loss. While a B complex vitamin contains biotin and inositol, there are some food sources that are rich in theses special B vitamins as well. Biotin is found in green leafy vegetables, almonds, milk, and eggs. Inositol is found in cereals with a high bran content, melons, and oranges.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for overall hair health. It is also necessary for the production of sebum, an oily substance that keeps hair from drying out and breaking. Food sources for vitamin A include liver, fish oil, eggs and red, yellow and orange vegetables.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps to improve circulation of blood to the hair follicle. It is important in overall hair health. Vitamin E is also believed to stimulate hair growth. Leafy vegetables, nuts, grains and fortified cereals are good sources of vitamin E.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary for strong hair. It also helps to improve scalp circulation. A lack of vitamin C leads to brittle hair that breaks easily. Foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables.

About this Author

Cynthia Bateman is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she is pursuing her Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in composition pedagogy. She has most recently been published in the literary journal, “River Bluff Review.” She is also a registered professional nurse.