6 Hair Vitamins that you probably weren’t aware of:

6 Hair Vitamins that you probably weren’t aware of:

 

Vitamin A 

            Vitamin A helps skin glands make sebum, sebum has two roles- to moisturize our scalp and to keep our hair healthy! Vitamin A is also an antioxidant. There are two kinds of vitamin A- retinoids and beta carotenes. 

Some sources of retinoids (mostly from animals)- eggs, shrimp, fish, butter

Some sources of beta carotenes (mostly from plants)- sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, squash, spinach, mangoes, turnip greens

*Vitamin Supplementation- dependent on whether or not genetic deficiency present 

 

B Vitamins 

Specifically vitamin B7, better known as Biotin, helps create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles to help hair growth.

Some sources of B7- salmon, egg yolk, avocado,sweet potato, cauliflower, nuts seeds 

*Vitamin Supplementation- dependent on whether or not genetic deficiency present 

 

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants in our bodies. It helps protect us- our hair, skin, etc. from harmful effects of a natural process called oxidative stress.

 Our bodies also use vitamin C to make a protein called collagen. Collagen is an important part of our  hair’s structure.

Some sources of vitamin C- citrus , potatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, brussels sprouts

*Vitamin Supplementation- dependent on whether or not genetic deficiency present 

 

Iron

Iron assists our red blood cells in carrying oxygen to the rest of our body. It’s important in hair growth because a deficiency in iron can cause anemia and as a result, hair loss.  

Some sources of Iron- shellfish, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, legumes 

*Vitamin Supplementation- dependent on Iron levels and healthcare provider discretion, do not supplement Iron on your own

 

Zinc 

Zinc is essential in our hair tissue repair and growth. It also helps keep the oil glands surrounding the  hair follicles healthy. Zinc is also an important vitamin for our thyroid health, specifically activating our thyroid hormone to its active form. Thyroid also plays a role in healthy hair growth.

Some sources of Zinc- Meat, shellfish, seeds, nuts, eggs, whole grains 

*Vitamin Supplementation- dependent on whether or not genetic deficiency present  

 

Selenium

Selenium plays a role in the development of hair at the root.Selenium is another important vitamin for thyroid health- specifically activating our thyroid hormone to its active form. 

Some sources of Selenium- eggs, seafood, walnuts, turkey meat, sometimes plants (depends on soil content), grains like brown rice

*Vitamin Supplementation- dependent on whether or not genetic deficiency present  

 

Disclaimer:  This article is released solely for informational purposes. Please consult with a healthcare professional prior to starting any supplementation. 

DrTinaAlidad