While hair loss can be attributed to some medical conditions such as alopecia, it’s also a natural part of growing older. But there are small things you can do every day that may help. Here’s the lowdown on the top 5 vitamins that can help keep your hair healthy, strong, and help to lower the risk of potential loss.
- Brown rice
- Green peas
- Brewer’s yeast
Recommended daily doses should not exceed 100 mcg in adolescents or adults.
- Cod liver oil
- Krill oil
While Vitamin A is essential to healthy hair, you must exercise caution, as too much Vitamin A can lead to toxicity and can actually result in the opposite effect – hair loss. The maximum daily amount you should consume, either through supplementation, through your diet, or both combined is 25,000 IU.
- Leafy greens
- Wheatgerm oil
The recommended dosage of Vitamin E is at least 400 IUs a day. However, caution must be exercised when supplementing with Vitamin E as too much has been known to cause bleeding due to blood thinning. Because of its blood thinning properties, it’s also important to remember to discontinue the use of Vitamin E prior to any type of surgery.
Pantothenic acid can be found in many Vitamin B complex vitamins, but can also be found in various foods, such as whole grains and eggs.
- Citrus fruits and cantaloupe
- Whole grain breads
- Brewer’s yeast
Naturally, vitamin supplementation alone will never take the place of a healthy, balanced diet. But with proper supplements, you can combat hair loss and slow down premature graying of the hair all while growing old gracefully. Just remember to check with your health care professional before adding any supplements to your diet.
Posted on July 30, 2012