Vitamin and mineral loss are associated with hair loss. The key nutrients in our diet play an important role in the hair follicle cycle, cellular turnover, and the healthy division of cells of the follicle bulb, fostering healthy hair and reducing your chances of experiencing unnatural hair loss.
Consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet is the best source of vitamins and minerals, but it’s easy to become deficient in one or more important nutrients. Therefore, the best way to address this deficiency is by taking supplements of the vital vitamins and minerals. Studies show that hair loss can actually be improved by taking the right supplements.
The vitamins and minerals that are important for hair health are vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, as well as iron, selenium, and zinc. Let’s talk about the supplements that even hair doctors recommend to address nutrient deficiencies and improve hair health, and where you can go for a medical evaluation of your hair loss and professional treatment that works for you.
Vitamins A Through E as Natural Hair Supplements
- Vitamin A is an antioxidant (fights free radicals) and stimulates the production of sebum, which is an oily substance that keeps hair hydrated and prevents breakage.
- Vitamin B deficiency has been associated with hair loss. The B vitamins include thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12), which are all important for cell renewal.
- Vitamin C is another antioxidant that prevents free radical damage to the hair follicles. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption, which is also why a deficiency in vitamin C may be a possible cause of hair loss and thinning.
- Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. During the winter, when you aren’t exposed to as much sunlight, taking vitamin D supplements can help with getting your vitamin D levels back up to normal.
- Vitamin E is the good-skin and good-eyes vitamin. It helps increase blood circulation and oxygen uptake, which are important for combatting hair loss.
Iron to Support Healthy Circulation
Having too little iron in the body can lead to anemia, which leads to hair loss. Menstrual bleeding or a lack of meat in the diet can cause iron deficiency.
Selenium to Combat Free Radicals
Selenium is a trace mineral that can prevent free radical hair follicle damage, and a deficiency in selenium has been linked to hair loss. Taking too much of this mineral can lead to brittle hair and hair loss, so ask your hair doctor about the right amount for you
Zinc to Support Hair Follicle Oil Glands
Zinc helps to support the oil glands surrounding the hair follicles. It also aids in hair growth and cellular repair as necessary.
Skilled Hair Doctor in Kansas City, MO, and Des Moines, IA
If you are looking for effective hair loss solutions, Dr. Scott Darling of Darling Hair Restoration is an experienced hair doctor who can design an individualized treatment plan for you. Dr. Darling will evaluate your type of hair loss and share his recommendations.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Darling, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (816) 792-3400 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping improve your hair health so you feel great about how you look in the mirror!