Saw Palmetto Clinically Shown to Help Hair Thinning

Saw palmetto for hair loss

Finding safe and natural solutions for keeping your hair healthy is a top priority here at Nutrafol. That’s why we’re excited that researchers have shown the herb saw palmetto, also known as serenoa repens, utilizes the same pathway as Propecia, an FDA approved treatment for hair loss.

Propecia vs. Saw Palmetto

The drug known as Propecia (generic name finasteride) is a fairly common treatment for male hair loss but some doctors and patients want to steer clear of this medication because of its potentially scary side effects. For men and women seeking more natural solutions, herbal supplements provide a far less risky way to maintain a head of healthy hair.

When a study showed that saw palmetto actually can help hair growth, we wanted to make sure you knew about it.

Researchers compared the efficacy of saw palmetto to Propecia in this two-year study of 100 men with hereditary male pattern hair loss. The results? While 68% of participants using Propecia showed an increase in hair growth, confirming its efficacy, 38% of participants in the group using saw palmetto alone also experienced hair growth. So while saw palmetto wasn’t as effective as the chemical drug, it was proven to work—and without the negative side effects.

Another important finding from the study was that while 38% of the saw palmetto group experienced hair growth, another 52% of the saw palmetto group experienced stabilization of loss. Slowing or stopping the progression of hair loss, in and of itself, is a desirable outcome for those fighting to preserve their hair.

Saw palmetto a natural solution for hair loss
Saw palmetto is sold in four different forms: as whole, dried berries, as a liquid extract, in tablets, and in powdered capsules.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

So how does it work?

As it turns out, both the herb and the drug block the enzyme, Type II 5-alpha-reductase, from turning testosterone into DHT. As you may know, DHT is a hormone that contributes to hair-thinning by shrinking hair follicles. Smaller hair follicles means thinner hair, and nobody wants that.

Of course, taking a single herb is not a magic bullet. If only preventing hair loss were that easy! But since experts know that saw palmetto acts in a similar way to finasteride, we use the herb as part of our Synergen Complex to combat the production of DHT—one of the man culprits in male thinning. It turns out DHT not only causes hair follicles to thin over time, it can even lead to eliminating hair follicles completely. That’s why you’ve got to keep DHT levels in check.

Saw Palmetto Hair Loss Studies and Research

And rest assured, it’s not just one study that proves the power of saw palmetto. This white paper shows exactly how the herb stops the production of DHT. A small study of 10 males with androgenetic alopecia, showed a 60% improvement for those ingesting the herb. And another study, in which saw palmetto was applied topically in the form of a lotion and a shampoo for three months on 34 men and 28 women, led to a 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction.

But before purchasing just any brand of serenoa repens, make sure you’re getting the real deal. Always buy from reputable companies and read the label closely to avoid unnecessary fillers. As to dosage: Several studies had participants taking 200 milligrams, twice daily, which is a good guideline to see whether saw palmetto may work for you.

What You Need to Know When Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss

Becoming a mother can be very rewarding and simultaneously very challenging. Your body is going through a whirlwind of changes, and in the middle of all this you do not expect your hair to start falling out in clumps. But for some women it does.

This is referred to as postpartum hair loss, telogen gravidarum, and telogen effluvium. This excessive hair shedding occurs most often between two and four months after giving birth, and according to statistics from the American Pregnancy Association, between 40 and 50 percent of women are affected.

But what is the reason for this postpartum hair loss? We asked Dr. Christine Carlan Greves, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Greves has been working with a lot of these cases and is familiar with postpartum hair loss.

“When a woman is pregnant, she has a lot of extra hormones in the body, including estrogen,” she says.

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Shedding hair as a post-baby reaction is something that cannot be prevented but it is however a condition that is a temporary one.

“The estrogen helps protect us from losing our hair. Then when she has the baby, there’s a sudden change in the hormone levels, including a drop in the estrogen. And this shift can cause a response in the body that may affect the hair cycle,” she continues, adding that breastfeeding might also be a contributing factor to excessive hair shedding.

“When breastfeeding, the prolactin levels are increased. That hormone, that is responsible for breast milk production, has been associated with hair loss as well”, Dr Greves explains.

Shedding hair as a postpartum reaction cannot be prevented but is however a  a temporary condition. While it does correct itself after some time, it certainly does not hurt to take extra care of your hair during this period. The following remedies are ones that you can easily do at home.

 

Things To Do When Dealing with Thinning Hair

    • Use a Volumizing Shampoo
      Volumizing shampoos tend to contain something called dimethicone. Dimethicone is a silicone-based polymer and the ingredient coats and seals the hair. While this is not stopping hair from shedding, it will give your hair an illusion of looking fuller to compensate for the temporary thinning.

 

    • Condition Light
      When conditioning your hair, make sure to only condition the roots. If you condition the strands further out as well, it will weigh the hair down, making it easier to break and fall off.

 

    • Stimulate Your Scalp
      Use massage to increase the blood flow to your scalp, but also invest in a scalp treatment that will help you clear all the dead skin cells around the hair follicles. This will make the hair follicles stay open, which will promote hair growth.

 

    • Choose Softer Hairstyles
      Do not pull your hair back too tightly, as the traction can lead to hair loss. Try to put a scarf over your hair instead of ponytailing it.

 

  • Invest In a Supplement
    Biotin seems to be the natural choice for many people looking for a supplement to help with their hair. But why not try a hair supplement that contains biotin AND other natural ingredients? Nutrafol’s supplement contains enzymes naturally found in the body which help nurture healthy hair growth. It is designed to provide essential nutrients for growing healthy hair and targets the potential triggers of thinning hair.

So if you are currently experiencing postpartum hair loss and are in the process of growing your hair back, Nutrafol may be a great addition to help your hair remain healthy and strong as it begins to naturally regrow.

What does L-Methionine do for your for hair?

What does L-Methionine do for your for hair?

Nutrafols previous post talked about L-Methionine as an ingredient but what exactly does the substance do for your hair? Here is the answer to that question.

A recap of what L-Methionine is

L-Methionine is something known as methionine and it is classified as an essential amino acid. And although methionine may not be the most well-known nutrient out there, researchers have discovered its many uses. It is important for the functions of many different types of cells throughout your body.

and a recap of what it is used for…

The amino acid is taken as a supplement for different reasons and these are the most common ones:

  • For some health conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and colorectal cancer.
  • Improving bone strength
  • Weight loss

But maybe the most important thing it is used for is…

For healthy hair, skin and nails. Since L-Methionine is a building block protein tissue, many people take it to help their hair grow, their nails stay strong, and their skin remain youthful and healthy.

So let’s talk about how L-Methionine works for your hair, skin and nails

This amino acid together with L-Cysteine, B complex vitamins, and other nutrients helps your body to manufacture new protein tissues. L-Methionine can not be manufactured directly by your body, so to be able to get your necessary supply, you need to depend on your dietary sources and supplements.
The key element of L-Methionine is sulfur. To manufacture keratin in the hair shaft, you need the sulfur. And methionine is one of four amino acids that contain sulfur (L-Cysteine being the other one). Methionine is also one of only three amino acids that help your body to build creatine, a protein that is necessary for your muscle growth and energy.

What does L-Methionine do for your for hair?
Methionine also reduces breakage so try to include some L-Methionine supplements.

The benefits of L-Methionine

L-Methionine plays an important role to the health of your hair, skin and nails so taking this sulfur-rich compound is something that you should consider including in your everyday diet. Taking a beauty supplement that contains L-Methionine will boost the availability of protein building blocks that your body needs. This will ultimately support the healthy growth of beautiful hair, nails and skin.


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Foods rich in selenium and why they are so important to your hairs health

Nutrafols supplements contain the ingredient selenium and on the ingredient page, the following is written about selenium and selenium foods;
“Selenium produces antioxidant enzymes that can defend against damage to cells, including those in hair follicles. It also helps to maintain proper thyroid function, which benefits the immune system and fosters healthy hair growth.”
So, with that being said, here follows a description on a need to know basis about this mineral.

Basic description of selenium

Selenium is one of many important dietary minerals, and we require a small amount of selenium in our diet.

Selenium contains a small cluster of important proteins. Each of these play a critical role in your health. Scientists named these selenium-containing proteins selenoproteins.

Good selenium nutrition is important for antioxidant protection and for other health reasons as well. The selenium amount a plant contains relates to the selenium content of the soil in which the plants is grown. Selenium content of soils can vary widely, however, poor soil content of selenium is not typically a factor in the average U.S. diet.

Sources of selenium

Fish, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, whole grains, and nuts and seeds are either good, very good, or excellent food sources of selenium.

 

Selenium and antioxidant protection

Selenium is necessary for your body and especially important for the proper activity of a group of enzymes called glutathione peroxidases. (You will sometimes see the abbreviation “GPO” or “GPx” for a glutathione peroxidase enzyme.) These enzymes play an important role in your body’s detoxification system and they also protect it against oxidative stress. (Oxidative stress is physiological circumstance in which there is excessive risk of oxygen-related damage to the body.) Of the eight known glutathione peroxidase enzymes, five of them require selenium.
In addition to the activity of glutathione peroxidase, the enzymes that contain selenium, are involved in recycling of vitamin C, which allows an antioxidant protection.

Selenium and thyroid function

A selenium-containing enzyme is responsible for transforming a less active thyroid hormone called T4 into the more active T3.

So, how does this work you may wonder? Simple – selenium and iodine work together to keep thyroid function strong and consistent.
Researchers have been able to notice problems with the thyroid gland in just two months when keeping a low-selenium diet.

selenium rich foods
Of all the nutty nuts, the brazil nut is an exceptional selenium source.

Selenium foods to keep in mind

If you have read about selenium foods, you have probably read about Brazil nuts being a strong source of the mineral. Just as little as one ounce of Brazil nuts may contain as much as 10 times the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) recommendation for selenium intake. Other exceptionally rich selenium foods include oysters, clams, liver, and kidney. Each of these foods is likely to contain double to triple the DRI in a serving.
Fish and shellfish are an excellent source of selenium. Whole grains and seeds, are as well a good selenium source. Include at least one of these selenium foods in your everyday diet to maintain a healthy hair regime.


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These are the juices that will help you further hair growth

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As we celebrate warmer and longer days, there is no better way to cool down than with a delicious juice. Whether you are choosing to drink the juice or apply it to your hair, this summer you should try at least one of these juices. Not only is this good for your health, but it also has a major impact on your hair. And on your hair growth. So keep an eye on these. And while you are at it, why not take the juice with some hair supplements as well? Nutrafol’s supplements are natural all the way. 

Aloe vera juice

Aloe vera juice helps you prevent hair loss. How you may wonder? The vitamins present in aloe vera helps to make the hair strong and less prone to breakage. And the enzymes present in this juice helps to nourish and moisturize the scalp. Aloe vera also helps you to get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp. But do not only drink it – apply it to the hair as well. You will get more lustrous and softer hair.

Kiwi juice

Enriched with vitamin E, kiwi juice will make your hair grow faster, but make sure to apply it only from time to time. Kiwi juice enhances the immune system, and a strong immune system minimizes hair fall. Kiwi juice helps in cleaning your hair and should, to get the best results, be diluted before application to reduce its acidity.

 

Onion juice

It might not be the best-smelling juice to apply on to your hair, but onion juice does enhance growth and prevents the appearance of white hair. Onions provide high concentrations of sulfur, which provides a proper nourishment and flow to the follicles. And nourished follicles will make your hair grow faster.

Spinach juice

Spinach as we know it, is highly enriched with various minerals, vitamins and iron. And this is not only beneficial for your skin, but also for your hair. So if you have an itchy scalp or if your hair is starting to thin, try some spinach juice. Spinach is highly concentrated with vitamin B which restores shine and promotes growth.

Garlic juice

Another not so good-smelling juice to apply, but a treatment that has been used for longer than anyone can remember. Garlic juice helps in restoring the quality of the hair and supplies nourishment to the follicles. When applied, it increases the flow of blood towards the scalp. Your hair will have improved lustre and feel smoother.

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Choose one of these healthy juices for better hair growth. Drink it or apply it to your hair directly – a real vitamin bomb.

Cucumber juice

Drink a glass every day for healthier hair. Not only does cucumber help hair growth but it also improves the quality of your hair. The enzymes help in preventing the loss of hair and enhances the circulation of hemoglobin to the cells and the follicles of the hair.

Coriander juice

Cilantro, or coriander as it is also called, helps in enhancing hair growth and fights against hair fall. If you are not a big coriander fan, you can just add a little in any other drink. Or if you do not want to drink it, crush the leaves and make a paste out of it. The paste should be applied for an hour and then washed off with cold water.

Carrot juice

We have all heard the benefits of carrots and how they are enriched with beta-carotene. But did you know that this same beta-carotene also provides lustre and color to the hair? The follicles of the hair tend to strengthen and it restores the quality of hair. This vitamin C enriched vegetable also helps in providing nourishment towards the scalp.


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Resveratrol and you – this is what you need to know about the ingredient

As you may know, Nutrafol’s supplement contains the ingredient resveratrol. But what you might not know is what resveratrol is. So let’s start there.

What is resveratrol?

Have you ever heard that one glass of red wine per day is good for you? Yes? Good. Did you ever wonder why it is good for you? The answer is resveratrol. Resveratrol is a substance that naturally occurs in the skin of red grapes as well as other fruits. However, it is a common misconception that red wine is a healthy drink, due to resveratrol content. In reality red wine contains very little, especially if the grapes are machine process, as most are these days.

So yes, a glass of red wine per day is good for you in other terms. But if you are drinking it because of the resveratrol, then you would actually be much better off just eating the grapes.

Dark chocolate is also rich in resveratrol. So next time your sweet tooth kicks in, make sure to buy a chocolate with a decent amount of cacao. The higher percentage, the more volume of resveratrol.

What has been said…

Scientists have been busy lately researching the benefits of resveratrol and much is being discovered about this substance. Findings have shown that it has a wide range of benefits that could actually pave the way for a new generation of highly effective drugs. This substance can help with everything from hair to diabetes to obesity even and in some cases may even combat cancer.

 

Resveratrol
Red wine and dark chocolate are two things that contain resveratrol.

But it all started…

With Michio Takaoka, the discoverer of resveratrol, followed by David Sinclair. It was David that introduced his ground breaking research that showed that resveratrol has many potential pharmaceutical uses. One such area of research has been into its link to a group of enzymes known as sirtuins, which can create proteins that regenerate cells.
Sirtuins are localized within the mitochondria. Mitochondrion are the parts of a cell where cellular respiration and energy production occur, and are associated with the overall health of the organism. Your overall health.

So if the mitochondrion is improved, it can have a variety of benefits on your wellness. And that promotes positive overall physical health.

Resveratrol is also known as a flavonoid, a class of phytochemicals that has been shown to have significant health benefits. Based on resveratrol’s potential to promote overall health, there are significant implications in its ability to help with hair thinning.

How is this possible?

Scientists are studying resveratrol as a potential treatment for diseases such as cancer. It is also being studied for its effectiveness in reducing the effects of aging in humans. When tested on rodents, resveratrol has shown to have a positive impact on age-related diseases.

As more studies continue to suggest the benefits of resveratrol, you may consider adding a supplement that contains resveratrol to your diet to support your health and your hair.

 

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Have you heard about phytonutrients? – This is what you need to know!

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Phytonutrients have the abilities to increase production of signaling molecules that stimulate the follicles, to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle. But, what do we know about these nutrients and how do they affect you?

What are phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. They are also called phytochemicals. Plants use phytonutrients to stay healthy. For example, these chemicals protect plants from insect attacks, while others protect against radiation from UV rays. They can also provide significant benefits for you. Phytonutrient-rich foods include colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices. They have a positive effect on skin and hair but are not considered nutrients that are essential for life.

What are the benefits of phytonutrients?

One of the many benefits of phytonutrients are their antioxidant properties. It enhances immunity and intercellular communication. It repairs DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. Research made by The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that consuming a phytonutrient-rich diet seems to be an effective strategy, for reducing cancer and heart disease risks.

According to Louis Premkumar, a professor of pharmacology, a good way to tell if a fruit or vegetable is rich in phytonutrients can be by its color. This because many phytonutrients actually give plants their pigments. So keep an extra eye for deep-hued foods like berries, dark greens, melons and spices.

 

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Healthy spread of green vegetables for a healthy phytonutrients-rich life.

Understanding the effectiveness

For centuries, there have been implications that healthy food garnished with exotic spices and condiments provides vital ingredients. Vital ingredients that help ward off diseases and promote longevity, Premukar explains. People who consume healthy diets, have enjoyed health benefits, using longevity as a metric, he continued. There is evidence that a diet high in phytonutrient-rich plant foods is good for you and your overall health.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies demonstrate the effectiveness of a diet full of phytonutrient-rich foods. Although, scientists are still trying to understand the specific mechanisms of how phytonutrients work.

According to Premkumar, there has not been enough randomized, large-scale clinical trials undertaken. And even when they are it can sometimes be difficult to quantify the results.
The health benefits from phytonutrients have to be taken seriously he continues.  Government agencies like the USDA, NIH and several health organizations seem to agree, and encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Why not take advantage of the potential benefits from these foods?

According to Premkumar, what we do know is that the beneficial effects of phytonutrients will be seen over months or years, and not immediately. He pointed out that they as well as other healthy compounds like vitamins and minerals, can only prevent or delay developing diseases. Once a disease has manifested, the only option to combat is to consult with a medical advisor.

Nutraceutical supplements 101: everything you need to know

Nutraceutical supplements

Lately, scientists have begun to talk about the benefits nutraceutical supplements can have on health and hair. Nutrafol is no latecomer to this discussion! So here is what everyone is saying about nutraceutical supplements and the research being done around them.

What are nutraceuticals?

Nutraceuticals is a broad term that is used to describe any product that comes from food sources with extra health benefits, in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. The supplements are usually used to promote general well-being, control symptoms and prevent malignant processes.

Origin on the name

Long before nutraceutical supplements were invented, the name was coined by Stephen DeFelice. DeFelice is the founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, an American organization located in Cranford, New Jersey. The term “nutraceutical” combines two words – “nutrient” (a nourishing food component) and “pharmaceutical” (a medical drug). Nutraceutical means any non-toxic food component that has scientifically proven health benefits including prevention and treatment of disease.

Definition and Categories of nutraceutical supplements

Definition of nutraceuticals

The definition of nutraceuticals generally depends on the source. They can be classified on the basis of their natural sources, pharmacological conditions, as well as chemical constitution of the products. Nutraceuticals are grouped in the following categories: dietary supplements, functional food and medicinal food.

Difference between the categories

Dietary supplement

A dietary supplement represents a product that contains nutrients derived from food products. Supplements are often concentrated in liquid, capsule, powder or pill form. Although dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as foods, their regulation differs from drugs and other foods.

Functional food

According to definition, functional food is a category which includes whole foods and fortified, enriched or enhanced dietary components. Components that may reduce the risk of chronic disease and provide a health-benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains.

Medical food

Medical food should be consumed or administered internally, under the supervision of a qualified physician. The intended use is a specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements are established by the medical evaluation.

Nutraceutical supplements
Nutraceuticals refers to foods having a medicinal effect on health of human beings.

Researchers have said a lot about nutraceuticals over the years, and they sure have attracted considerable interest due to their effects.

Antioxidant defenses, cell proliferation, gene expression, and safeguarding of mitochondrial integrity is some of the many benefits. You can use nutraceutical supplements to help improve your overall health by supporting functions and the integrity of your body.

 

Prevention of diseases

Nutraceuticals supplements are considered to be healthy sources for prevention of some diseases such as diabetes, renal and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as different infections.

Nutraceuticals impose crucial roles in immune status and susceptibility to certain disease states. They also exhibit disease modifying indications related to oxidative stress including allergy, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, eye conditions, Parkinson’s diseases, obesity and hair thinning.

Pull Off Surfer Hair Without Even Trying – Or Going Surfing

Purposefully messy, disheveled, and untidy, but still looking the part, is what surfer hair is all about. This haircut, in particular, is long, unkempt, and very often curly or wavy. The origin of the name comes from the stereotype of a hardcore surfer.
Surfer hair is hair that has been bleached by the sun, soaked in salty sea waters, and received minimal care. However, if you are not lucky enough to get surfer hair the natural way, there is a way to create it at home.

How to Get Surfer Hair

This goes without saying, but if you are looking to rock a surfer hairstyle, the first step is letting your hair grow long. There are a few natural ingredients that you can apply to your everyday life to support healthy hair growth but be sure to resist the temptations to just trim a little off when your hair gets to an impractical length. Eating a balanced, protein and mineral rich diet will help your hair grow as healthily as possible.

Let your hair grow down to about chin height around the sides, and eye height at the front — or even lower. Do not worry about trying to add any curls or flicks to your hair just yet. Any texture will come with time, and — when it does come — let it be natural. Make sure to keep it healthy.

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Hair supplements such as biotin, saw palmetto and vitamin C is usually helpful when trying to grow surfer hair.

If your hair grows slow, look into you diet, you might want to to add some vitamins to your diet. And remember that you are not supposed to use shampoo daily, but whenever you do shampoo, be sure to use conditioner. You will want to keep your hair healthy and strong. Maintaining healthy hair will help it grow faster too and you will be closer to having surfer hair.

 

 

 

How to Style Surfer Hair

This cut is very low maintenance despite being so long. If you want to add some more excitement to the hairstyle, try some hair products. There are specific products for it, which attempt to mimic the sun-bleached, salt soaked look that surfer hair originated from. But all of this without damaging your own hair. Pick a hair product, that will create more of a matte finish — as opposed to a shiny one — for a more authentic look. If you get tired of your long hair and feel the urge to cut it off, do not! Choose a product which will create a more glossy finish, and brush through your hair before pulling it all back.

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5 Best Vitamins For Longer Hair That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Are you tired of not knowing which the best vitamins are for growing long hair? Do you dream of having luscious locks but struggle every time you try to grow even an inch? Does the frustration of split ends and breakage make you want to shave it all off? Hold your horses, there’s no need to be dramatic. Read our list, and then make the decision if you want to shave it off – or give it another chance.

Vitamin A: one of the best vitamins?

Vitamin A is a vitamin that falls into the category of best vitamins for healthy hair, and it is necessary for proper cell growth. It is also a vitamin that helps produce sebum in the scalp, which helps prevent hair from drying out and breaking. Good foods sources of vitamin A are carrots, melons, and dark leafy greens. Symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include vision and skin problems. But make sure to not take too much vitamin A supplements, as it can be counterproductive to your hair growth.

B Vitamins

These are often referred to as the vitamin B complex, which includes all eight B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. This complex plays a huge role in keeping us healthy. B vitamins affect our energy, metabolism, nerves, muscles, skin, nails and hair. The vitamin B complex promotes cell growth and cell division, which are important for healthy hair growth. If you have a B vitamin deficiency, you will feel tired, bruise easily and your hair will not grow as fast as usual. The best way to get all the B vitamins your system needs is through the foods you eat, such as meats, eggs, nuts, grains and vegetables.

Vitamin C

We know that vitamin C can help us boost our immunity, but what many people do not know is that vitamin C also help strengthen our hair. That is because vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, a vital protein for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Vitamin C is considered being an antioxidant that fights free radicals, which damage body tissue. These free radicals have been known to damage hair and make it weak and brittle. So if you experience your hair breaking a lot or shedding, it may be due to vitamin C deficiency.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. One way to boost your vitamin D levels is to spend some time outside in the sun. And you do not need crazy amounts of it either – 15 to 20 minutes per day is enough. This is not difficult during the warm summer days, but may become slightly more difficult during the winter. That is where supplements and food comes into the picture. Some vitamin D rich foods include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, mushrooms and milk.

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Make sure to include some vitamin D rich food in your nutrition. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E may be the most overlooked vitamin, but it is in fact a very important one. It is an antioxidant that repairs and builds tissue, which is essential for healthy hair growth. Eat vitamin E rich foods such as almonds, seeds, avocado, and broccoli. Applying it to your scalp increases blood circulation, boosts oxygen supply and repairs damaged hair follicles. So you may want to start massaging your scalp at least twice a week with vitamin E oil to support hair growth.