Hair loss can be caused by many things from genetics to medical conditions, including nutritional and vitamin deficiency While vitamins won’t correct hair loss from radiation treatments, chemotherapy, genetics, or autoimmune diseases, it will help provide a good foundation for hair growth and correct any nutrition-based hair loss.
What Deficiencies Cause Hair Loss?
At the top of the list of essential vitamins for hair growth is biotin, also known as Vitamin B7. Whenever you see vitamins for hair growth, biotin is at the top of the list. It’s also important for healthy nail growth. A vitamin deficiency involving biotin causes hair loss, brittle nails, and nerve damage.
Which Vitamins Help in Hair Growth?
In addition to biotin, the other B vitamins are important for healthy hair growth, including Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid. In fact, Vitamin B12 helps hair cells and hair growth by promoting healthy hair follicles through the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells.
The B vitamins aren’t the only nutrients important for good hair health. To avoid any vitamin deficiency hair loss, your diet should include nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Do Hair Vitamins Really Work?
On this topic, Consumer Reports noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not tightly regulate vitamins and nutritional supplements or all of the claims made about them. So, while Consumer Reports did agree that vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamin B complex, Vitamin A, etc., can reverse hair loss from a vitamin deficiency, they also caution that it won’t correct hair loss from other causes and that some labels do not properly reflect the contents. One example the magazine cites is a brand of multivitamin that had 200 times the amount of selenium than the label listed. While selenium is essential for good hair growth, excessive selenium can cause hair loss.
Can Supplements Cause Hair Loss?
Yes, overdoing vitamins and nutritional supplements can cause hair loss. In addition to excessive selenium, taking too much Vitamin A can also cause hair loss. Overall, it’s best not to exceed the upper recommendation limit for vitamins because too much can cause a variety of health problems.
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