Vitamins for hair

Vitamins For Hair

If you were wondering whether you can buy hair growth vitamins that will reverse baldness, sadly for men the simple answer is no.

A pill won’t make a hair on a bald head grow, although vitamins are essential to promote growth for the hairs that are already present. Consuming your recommended amount of vitamins and minerals will help the hair growth cycle work to the best of its ability and keep hair healthy and strong.

Vitamin B

Eight vitamins make up the vitamin B group. As these vitamins are water soluble, they are often broken down and destroyed during the cooking process. This is why wholegrain foods have a higher nutritional value than white floured foods as they aren’t processed. B vitamins are essential for breaking down carbohydrates into glucose as well as maintaining healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver.

VITAMIN B IS FOUND IN:

  • Bulgar wheat
  • Green peas
  • Lentils
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Oats
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Brown rice
  • Wholegrain bread
  • Beans
  • Citrus fruits
  • Eggs
  • Cauliflower

If you’re concerned that you are not including vitamin B naturally in your diet, you may want to consider supplements. Vitamin B complex contains riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, niacin, biotin, thiamin, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12.

Vitamins E & C

  • The principal function of Vitamin E is to transfer oxygen in the blood and improve blood circulation in the scalp. It has an effect on immune function, which improves the health of the hair and reduces the risk of hair loss.
  • Blood circulation of the scalp is also improved with the help of vitamin C. All capillaries which carry blood to the follicles are maintained by vitamin C.

VITAMIN E IS FOUND IN:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Tomato
  • Butternut squash
  • Broccoli

There are many other nuts, fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin E

VITAMIN C IS FOUND IN:

Here are the ten highest sources below:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Kiwis
  • Guavas
  • Peppers
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Papaya
  • Peas (Mange Tout)

Watch out for Vitamin A

Although Vitamin A is an essential vitamin required for vision, boosting immune function and skin health, too much of this vitamin can actually lead to hair loss.

Here is a list of some foods high in Vitamin A:

  • Sweet potato
  • Carrots
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Butternut squash
  • Dried apricots
  • Sweet red peppers
  • Tuna
  • Mango

Minerals

Iron and zinc are essential minerals needed to achieve healthy and strong hair.

Iron and zinc can be found within the following foods:

IRON

  • Red meat
  • Lentils
  • Egg yolk
  • Spinach
  • Chicken

ZINC

  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chocolate

Whether you are taking supplements or including vitamins and minerals naturally within your diet, make sure to check an RDA guide to help you keep on track

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