10 Essential nutrients for healthy hair growth

    Many people inquire about nutrient supplementation when they go through hair loss.  Vitamins and Minerals are essentials for the growth and function of the normal cell, which may later contribute to hair loss if they are deficient. Studies show that the deficiency of vitamins and minerals can weaken the hair follicle, which results in hair loss. Thankfully there are options like vitamin growth that can reduce the hair fall, and the person can restore the hair.

    There are multiple possibilities for hair loss, which can be genetical, hormonal, and age-related factors.  Getting a proper and healthy nutrient are very essentials to reduce the hair fall. So here’s the list of essential nutrients like Protein, Vitamin, and Minerals which helps in making your hair stronger, healthier, and thicker.

    1. Vitamin A

    Vitamin A is an antioxidant micronutrient, also known as retinol. Retinol helps to make the hair follicle stronger and in proper cell growth, which improves hair growth.  It enhances the natural oils like sebum on the scalp. It makes the hair shiny and glossy. Diets that are deficient in Vitamin A can lead to a major weakening of hairs. Studies have shown that per day, every adult male needs 0.7mg, and a female needs 0.6mg of Vitamin A.

    2. Vitamin B7

    Vitamin B7 commonly called Biotin, which is responsible for hair growth. Vitamin B carries oxygen and nutrients to the scalp, which helps in hair growth. Biotin is known to work wonders on hair volume and thickness. It is an important role in the process of glycogenesis.

    3. Vitamin C

    Vitamin C cures the premature greying and dryness of hairs because it plays a vital role in collagen production, which is a protein for hair thickness and growth. It also transfers to epidermal cells, which aids cellular repair and obtain collagen production. Vitamin C acts as a mild cleanser, shine enhancer, and it provides anti-breakage for the hairs.

    4. Iron

    Iron is an essential element in the creation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to cells. If a person suspects with a lower level of Iron in the body, they should immediately consult a doctor for a checkup. According to dermatology studies, Women can experience excessive hair loss due to iron deficiency. Iron can help in increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to hair scalps and roots.

    5. Supplements

    Food is the best source for all the vitamins and proteins, but if a person fails to get good food, supplements can be useful to maintain minerals and vitamins in the body. According to the study, Supplements works better for those who are already deficient. Consumption of supplements can save time as the person does not have to look for a specific food source. Do consult the doctor before taking any supplements for the body.

    6. Vitamin D

    Vitamin D enhances hair follicles to grow and nurture the health of the hairs. Studies have shown that people with Alopecia Areata have a much lower level of Vitamin D compared to those who do not have alopecia. It helps in hair thickness. To increase bone density and muscle strength, one should intake vitamin D supplements. Sunbathing is a great solution for vitamin D deficiency.

    7. Vitamin E

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress. According to studies, People with hair loss had experienced about 33% better results when they added Vitamin E in their supplement. Vitamin E prevents dryness of hair as it locks up the moisture in the hairs. It plays a vital role in blood circulation.

    8. Niacin

    Niacin is a vitamin B family nutrient that improves blood circulation and keratin production. Historically it is known as Vitamin PP. The major and important role of Niacin is to repair the damaged DNA. The common symptom of Niacin is fatigue as it converts carbohydrates into energy.

    9. Zinc

    Zinc balances the hormonal changes. A meal infused with zinc provides not only good minerals to the body but also adds many essential nutrients to the body. It eliminates dandruff and other scalp problems as well.  Insufficient diet can cause a deficiency of zinc in the body. It can reduce the hair fall and gray. If the amount of zinc is low, the hair follicle’s structure becomes dull and weak, which later affects the new hairs to fall out instantly.

    10. Omega 3 fatty acids

    Omega 3 is an unsaturated fatty acid that majorly used for the proper functioning of the body like blood circulation and digestion. It can make hair stronger and prevent hair loss. Omega 3 is also responsible for the reduction of scalp inflammation and soothes the scalp. Dryness and dandruff problems get solved with this nutrient. It helps in regrowing hair.

    So, these are the essential nutrients that can make your hair shinier, thicker, and healthier. Also, consult your doctor before consuming any of the supplements for these vitamins. The effect of this supplement can depend on person to person.

    Dr. Amol Bagadia
    Dr. Amol Bagadia
    Being Central India’s first certified Trichologist, Dr. Amol Bagadia has pioneered various concepts in this segment and stands out to be the best FUE Hair Transplant surgeon. He is a certified trichologist from International Association of Trichologists.

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