Vitamins + Supplements
Vitamins for Hair Loss - The
Wow Factor - Dramatic Hair Regrowth in Men and Women
By Danna Schneider
Are Vitamins essential in the fight against hair loss and the ultimate
goal of hair regrowth and maintenance?
The answer is yes, vitamins for hair loss are crucial in the war on female
and male pattern baldness.
Studies have demonstrated that the utilization of proper nutrition and
aggressive vitamin and nutrient supplementation has significantly improved
the appearance and growth of patient's hair, as well as dramatically
improved the appearance, thickness, strength and sheen of existing hair.
So, what are these vitamins, nutrients and natural compounds that are such
an integral part of your hair loss campaign? The list is fairly long, but
the payoff can be pretty sweet if you find the right product that contains
most of these ingredients in a standardized and pure form.
The first on the list is Zinc. Deficiencies in Zinc, an essential mineral
to the human system, has been shown to be partially responsible for
balding and scalp problems such as psoriasis and dryness. When zinc is
reintroduced into the diet, it usually has an healing effect on the scalp
and rejuvenation of the hair follicles, especially when combined with the
other key vitamins and nutrients mentioned down below, such as B vitamins,
biotin, amino acids and gelatin - to name a few.
Vitamin B5 is the second one on the list. Vitamin B5, otherwise known as
panthenol, and the entire family of B vitamins has been shown in studies
to help immensely in stopping hair loss and helping to quickly regrow hair
that has been lost in both men and women.
Vitamin B6 is highly involved in the metabolism and proper utilization of
protein. Biotin, another member of the B Vitamin family, is a water
soluble vitamin - meaning you do get rid of it through urination and
excretion on a daily basis - it does not build up to toxic levels as some
other vitamins can that are not water soluble if they are overused.
Biotin is another known strengthener of the hair and nails. Just to show
how important the nutrient Biotin is to the health
and continued growth of your hair, in laboratory-controlled studies it has
been shown that deficiencies in biotin leads to hair loss and scaly red
rashes on the face and in the genital areas. Apparently, biotin has proven
its worth in the health and maintenance of our hair, skin and nails. In
extreme cases of biotin deficiency, adults have manifested symptoms of
depression, lethargy and numbness in the arms, legs, feet and fingers.
Amino Acids - Amino acids have many times been dubbed the "building
blocks" of the protein and the human body itself, and are known
facilitators of protein synthesis. Amino acid supplementation helps to
rebuild and repair bodily tissues, and also helps to restore hair growth,
as well as strengthen the hair you currently have to help avoid additional
Just to run through a few of the ESSENTIAL amino acids (the kind that
cannot be manufactured by your body, but rather are a nutrient that you
must consume and digest in order to be present in the body), there are
actually several. To name the primary ones, you have tryptophan, lysine,
methionine, phenylalaine and then a few others.
So you see, essential amino acids are key to the completion
and rejuvenation of the hair growth cycle that many times is temporarily
interrupted by hormonal surges or drops, or is
permanently hampered by other life changes such as menopause or aging in
Horsetail is actually an herb, but we will discuss it here since it is
actually a pretty powerful weapon in the war on hair loss and thinning, as
well as dry and brittle hair. This powerful herb is an excellent source of
the elusive nutrient silica, which help keep hair lustrous and shiny.
Horsetail is actually so potent that it is not recommended you take the
product in its whole form, rather in a combination formula that has equal
parts of this and other vitamins necessary for hair growth, to prevent
toxicity due to its unusual potency.
Gelatin is another nutrient known to strengthen nails and hair as well as
to help fortify the hair shaft and scalp. It is especially well known for
strengthening connective tissue and making hair and nails grow faster.
Gelatin is actually the end result of boiled connective tissues of animals
(I know, not too savory, but nonetheless true). As a result, gelatin
contains protein, collagen, and various essential amino acids which, as
discussed previously, are the building blocks of protein and essential to
connective tissue health.
All of these nutrients are very powerful precursors to hair growth and
rejuvenation of the hair shaft and scalp. They should, deservedly so, be
considered crucial elements to the regrowth and maintenance of your hair!
See Herbal Hair Loss Remedies and Vitamins for more information on how to
naturally regrow hair and prevent hair loss in women and men. Danna
Schneider is the webmaster of Herbal Remedies, a site dedicated to
providing reviews and articles on the most effective natural herbal
remedies and products.