Vitamins For Hair Loss
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The quest to find the most effective solution to hair loss is one that has the medical and scientific community the world over hard at work. And while there are certainly some very effective pharmaceutical type hair loss treatments available today, for many people looking to avoid the possible side-effects of prescription drugs and hair loss medications, natural vitamins for hair loss can provide an effective and healthy alternative.
While there are obviously many different causes of hair loss, a deficiency of certain nutrients and Vitamins that have an influence on preventing hair loss, and a role in maintaining healthy normal hair, has been found to be one of the main causes of hair loss today.
The most important group of vitamins for hair loss, are the B vitamins, most notably B6, Biotin, Inositol, Folic Acid, B5 and B3. All of these Vitamins are essential for normal hair growth and can be used in medicinal doses to help prevent hair loss where hair loss has already started and to help in the regrowth of hair that has already been lost.
Research has shown that Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and Folic Acid are especially important, with B6 being clinically proven to stimulate hair growth when taken in a sufficient dosage while long-term deficiency of Folic Acid has been shown to cause total baldness in some cases.
However the “shovel approach” where mega doses of vitamins for hair loss are taken indiscriminately, with a more is better type of thinking can often cause more harm than good with overdoses of certain vitamins being known to actually cause hair loss.
An overdose of Vitamin A for example has been clinically proven to actually cause hair loss.
A carefully prescribed course of specific hair loss Vitamin supplementation is what is needed. A basic B Complex vitamin supplement should provide the necessary levels of the essential B vitamins. As B vitamins are water soluble, supplements need to be taken daily.
Here are the basic daily doses for the B group vitamins for hair loss. Biotin 25mcg. Inositol 500-1000mg. Niacin (Vitamin B3) 100-300mg. Folic Acid 1mg. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 50mg. Pyridoxine (VitaminB6) 50mg.
While it is difficult to get the appropriate levels of these natural hair loss vitamins from food alone there are some foods that you may like to include in your diet that are generally good sources of these essential nutrients.
Lentils, green peas, walnuts, sunflower seeds, carrots, soybeans, oats, brown rice, bulgur, cauliflower, brewer’s yeast, bran, peas, nuts, eggs and beans are excellent sources of these essential vitamins for hair loss.
While this covers vitamins that have a specific action in regard to hair growth and hair loss there are other nutrients that are also essential for normal bodily functions in general, that can have an effect on the health of our hair
Vitamin E and Vitamin C are important antioxidants that are essential to our health and well-being. In relation to hair loss vitamin E acts as a carrier of oxygen in the blood and is vital to circulation generally and can help with circulation in the scalp. 1200 IU is considered a safe medicinal dose.
Similarly Vitamin C also has an effect on circulation in the scalp and helps to maintain healthy and strong capillaries through which blood flows to the hair follicles. 2000mg would be the recommended daily dose.
The best advice when considering making nutritional changes or supplementing your diet with specific natural hair loss items is to begin with minimal doses of the vitamins suggested and increase the dosage as needed. Always be mindful however that too much of certain nutrients can be just as problematic as a deficiency of those same nutrients.