Dietary Supplements

Essential Dietary Supplements for Hair Loss

 

The human body is an amazingly complex and wonderful machine, but it cannot function properly without nutrients and clean water. The basic requirements of the body are; carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre, trace elements and water, many of which are contained in dietary supplements.


Generally speaking most food types contain several nutrients, in varying amounts, however taking a dietary supplement can compliment your food intake to ensure your body receives everything it requires.

The nutrients in food are required for energy, movement, heat, growth, repair, hair regrowth and reproduction.

Vitamins and minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamins B6, C and E, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid play a vital role in the functions of the body. A balanced combination of these elements ensures a normal healthy body.

The following vitamins play a major role in helping to maintain a healthy head of hair.

 

 

Zinc

 

It has been discovered that a change in the hair protein structure occurs when there is a zinc deficiency in the diet, leading to baldness and scalp problems in the sufferer.

Zinc levels can be depleted through high stress levels compounding the effects of hair loss. Diets rich in zinc have been shown to prevent the development of grey hair.

An excellent source of zinc can be found in; wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, pumpkin seeds, oysters, mussels, shrimps and egg yolks.

Zinc is closely linked to sexual reproduction and has often been regarded as an aphrodisiac.

 

 

Para-Aminobenzoic Acid

(PABA) as this vitamin is more commonly known, is one of the lesser known members of the B complex and has been linked to grey hair prevention.

Research on individuals with greying hair found that taking 200mg of PABA after each meal, produced some return to the subjects original hair colour in a seventy per cent of all cases. Other research claims that PABA combined with folic acid further aids the colour restoration of hair.

A deficiency of PABA, Biotin, Folic Acid and Pantothenic Acid appears to affect hair colour, however a diet rich in the B vitamins will restore, improve quality and add strength to the hair.

Food groups rich in PABA and the B vitamins are liver, kidney, whole grain and yeast.

 

 

Inositol

Inositol is also a member of the B vitamin group. It is a compound occurring in the brain, muscles, liver, kidney and eyes.

In laboratory experiments, a diet lacking Inositol produced baldness in the tested animals. When the vitamin was re-introduced however, the hair grew back. Interestingly enough, observations indicated the males lost their hair twice as quickly as the female subjects, suggesting males require a much higher Inositol intake than females to maintain healthy hair.

Inositol, also appears to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood and aid in the prevention of eczema, a skin irritation.

 

 

Niacin

This is powerful vitamin increases blood circulation to the skin surface – including scalp, which produces a flush effect on the body.

This increased blood circulation allows the efficient transportation of essential hair grow nutrients through the capillaries to the hair follicles and therefore aiding hair growth.

 

Biotin

Biotin often called vitamin H, is yet another B complex component. Biotin has been proven to assist the production of hair and prevent excessive hair loss by the metabolism of fatty acids. Research also supports the theory that Biotin is an active anti-greying vitamin.

Biotin is found in egg yolks, liver, milk, yeast and kidneys.

 

 

Protein

Hair is at least ninety per cent protein, so supplementing your diet will increase the thickness of the individual hair strands to produce a thicker head of hair.

Protein (amino acids) has one of the largest dynamic effects of any food or supplement on the body. It increases hair strength and for this reason, many hair shampoos and conditioners contain this active ingredient.

 

 

Vitamin A

 

A deficiency of Vitamin A will cause dry hair and rough skin. Large doses on the other hand, will build up in the liver to produce unpleasant side effects such as; nausea, headaches, hair loss, drowsiness and weight loss.

Vitamin can be found in the majority of root vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish and eggs.

The R.D.A. for vitamin A is 2,500 iu.

 

 

Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E has also been shown to retard the ageing process and prolong the onslaught of grey hair.

The best natural sources of vitamin E are wheat germ, Soya beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach and eggs, failing these food types, a decent dietary supplement will provide all the vitamin E the body requires.

 

Choline

Choline is a water-soluble essential nutrient used in the synthesis of the constructional components in the body’s cell membranes. Choline low diets can also cause infertility, growth impairment, bone abnormalities, and hypertension

Foods rich in choline are egg yolks, yeast, liver and wheat germ.

 

 

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic Acid also known as Calcium Pantothenate is often found in B complex supplements. It converts carbohydrates and fats to energy and is important to the health of skin and scalp.

This nutrient is also plays an important role in the function of the adrenal glands that produce much of the male sex hormones.

This nutrient is obtained from liver, kidney, egg yolks, whole grains, milk and potatoes.

 

 

Cider Vinegar

 

Hair loss can sometimes be a result of poor metabolism and deficiency of minerals salts. Taking a few teaspoonfuls of cider vinegar each day can help towards stopping hair loss and aid in the growth of healthier and thicker hair.

Cider vinegar does not work for everyone and a few people may actually be allergic. As well as the hair benefits, cider vinegar has been shown to help with weight loss.

 

Summary

 

The most important aspect of your diet is to consume lots of fresh fruit and vegetables; however when our lives are so hectic, ensuring a balanced diet can sometimes prove challenging.

By incorporating dietary supplements, you can increase the chances of receiving all the vitamins and minerals your body requires to function properly to produce healthy hair and restore grey hair to its former glory.

When incorporating a course of vitamins or minerals please be aware that results are not immediate. You should usually see a marked improvement within three to four months of the first dose.

 

 

IMPORTANT

 

Always read the label and take the stated dosage.

Overdosing on certain vitamins can have detrimental effects.

It is always recommended to take dietary supplements with a meal, not in place of one.

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