Most people love having a full head of healthy hair. However, without some extra assistance, it won’t always be that way. There are some vitamins that can help achieve this goal, though, if they are included in the diet.
Biotin (Vitamin B7) is regarded as the most important vitamin for healthy hair growth. This vitamin has been researched more than any other vitamin with regards to hair loss.
Biotin is an ingredient in many types of shampoo. It is important to know that if a person consumes raw eggs as a part of their diet, this will negate the effects of biotin, as raw eggs contain a biotin-destroyer, which only gets deactivated when the eggs get cooked.
There are some particular cases where hair loss may increase due to a biotin deficiency. As an example, people who have had stomach and/or intestinal surgery and those who take medication for epilepsy are in a higher risk group for biotin deficiency.
Biotinidase is the enzyme within biotin which shows how well biotin is functioning within the body. If a person is talking a vitamin B complex supplement, it is critical to check how much biotin it contains, because low levels of biotin (below 10%) will not be enough to keep that person’s hair in peak condition.
A vitamin B complex supplement can help keep hair healthy and prevent its loss, but it is crucial to keep a balanced intake of all the B vitamins, or a different vitamin deficiency may arise.
If poor hair health and/or hair loss is a problem, it is wise to talk to a dietitian and get tests done to determine if the person does have a deficiency in any or all of the components of the B complex, and then take appropriate supplements.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) is essential for replenishing proteins and red blood cells in the body. If a person is deficient, this will affect the thickness and speed of hair growth. People who don’t eat their leafy green vegetables, and those on weight loss diets are in a higher risk group for deficiencies.
Vitamin D is related to a large array of illnesses; low levels can turn on the genes that are responsible for over 1000 diseases, including a few that are related to hair loss. Hair loss isn’t directly caused by being deficient in vitamin D, but it is important to know that this vitamin is responsible for the growth of healthy follicles.
Vitamin D controls how well-balanced the body’s minerals are at any given time. As an example, if a person has a zinc deficiency, that can be enough to stunt the growth of healthy hair. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, and people only need a small amount of sunlight each day to replenish their supplies of vitamin D.
These vitamins aren’t the only ones that can provide a person with healthy hair growth. But if a person is deficient in one or more of these areas, they will certainly notice the difference. As a general rule, it’s wise for people to focus on getting as many vitamins through their food as possible, and discuss with a doctor if they need to add supplements as well.