Vitamins You Need For Healthier Hair
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Ever wonder what your hair would be like if you didn’t get it professionally cut for 2 years, used hair dye out of a box, spent months on end in the ocean and sun and didn’t always have hair conditioner on hand?
Oh, the joys of backpacking and living uber simply while traveling!
The only word I have to describe the state of my hair after I returned to the U.S.A. after my long backpacking trip is…
NOT the type of word I associate with the kind of hair that I want.
Therefore, I decided the best way to handle it was to chop it all off and start over again. As much as I am loving the simplicity of short hair, I do have a vision of having long and luscious locks.
Whether you are looking to grow your hair longer or improve the quality of your hair, these 6 vitamins can help grow thicker, stronger hair as well as prevent further hair loss.
Here are the 6 vitamins you can start supplementing today to promote healthy hair growth:
- Benefits hair follicle health.
- Has been used for decades to treat hair loss disorders such as telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.
- An essential cofactor for enzymes.
- Involved in important functional activities in the hair follicles:
- Potent inhibitor of hair follicle regression.
- Accelerates hair follicle recovery.
- Has been used as alternative hair loss treatment.
- Benefits your hair by rebuilding hair shingles that have been damaged (caused by exposure to sun, blow-drying, over-shampooing and ironing).
- Vitamin B5 supports the adrenal glands, which stimulates hair growth.
- To increase hair strength and reverse hair loss, take 1 B-complex vitamin tablet daily OR take biotin and vitamin B5 separately.
- Eat biotin and vitamin B5 foods: eggs, beef, chicken, avocado, legumes, potatoes and nuts.
- Add iron-rich foods to your daily diet to boost hair growth.
- Eat: spinach, Swiss chard, egg yolks, beef steak, black and navy beans and collard greens.
- Take a multivitamin to further supplement iron if needed.
- NOTE: excessive iron supplementation can cause iron overload, so check with your doctor for a recommended dosage to suit your personal needs.
- Hair follicles are highly sensitive to hormones. Vitamin D is a hormone that has an important role in immune regulation, cell growth differentiation and calcium homeostasis.
- Sit in the sun for 10-15 minutes to get direct sun exposure and absorb vitamin D.
- Topical vitamin D applications can also help restore hair.
- Eat vitamin D- rich foods: salmon, eel, mackerel, halibut, swordfish and portabella mushrooms.
- Works as an antioxidant and fights oxidative stress that contributes to hair loss and graying.
- Fights free radical damage and protects your hair from aging.
- Eat vitamin C foods: oranges, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, red peppers, kiwi, grapefruit and strawberries.
- Take 500-1,000 milligrams of vitamin C twice daily as an antioxidant (if needed).
- Rich in fatty acids.
- Omega-3 fats nourish your hair and supports hair thickening:
- Reduces inflammation that leads to hair loss.
- Eat omega-3 foods that help balance hormones: tuna, sardines, egg yolks, walnuts, hemp seeds, salmon, mackerel and whitefish.
- OR take 2 capsules or 1 tablespoon of quality fish oil supplement.
Now you will be well on your way to gorgeous and healthy hair as well as a vitamin-packed diet!
Do you have an all-natural hair health tip that has worked wonders for YOU? We would love to hear from you. Please SHARE your tip with us in the comments below!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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