Whether you recently had a dramatic chop at the hair salon or your hair is beginning to thin out, thick, healthy hair is something we all want. Diet and a good hair care regimen can help to promote hair growth and health. However, when you feel like you’ve done almost everything, you may be missing the right vitamins and minerals for healthy hair.
Here are the best vitamins for hair growth:
Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” promotes healthy bones and teeth, supports the immune system and regulates insulin levels. Vitamin D also stimulates new and old hair follicles. A vitamin D deficiency may cause new growth to be stunted and has been linked to alopecia. One study even found that women 18 to 45 years old who experienced alopecia and other types of hair loss had a vitamin D deficiency.
The amount of vitamin D you need each day will depend on your age. The average daily recommended amount for adults 19 to 70 years of age is 15mcg (600 IU). Here are a few ways you can increase your vitamin D:
- Spend more time in sunlight
- Consume fatty fish
- Eat fortified foods
- Take a vitamin D supplement
Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. It supports cell growth and differentiation and plays a role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs. All of the body’s cells need vitamin A for growth, including the hair.
Vitamin A helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance that is produced by the body’s sebaceous glands. This oily substance helps protect your scalp and hair, keeping your hair healthy and feeling moisturized. The best sources of vitamin A include:
- Fortified breakfast cereals
- Cod liver oil
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Red peppers
- Vitamin A supplements
Iron deficiency is the world’s most common nutritional deficiency. When you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues for the growth and repair of cells in the body, including the cells that stimulate hair growth.
The best way to increase your iron is by consuming iron-rich foods, such as red meat, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, and peas. You can also enhance your body’s absorption of iron by drinking orange juice or eating foods rich in vitamin C.
How Can I Treat My Hair Loss?
If your hair loss is due to a vitamin deficiency, taking oral supplements or changing your diet can help stimulate natural hair growth. Don’t know where to begin? LaserCap Company, creators of The Original LaserCap technology, can help.