B well – The Importance of B Vitamins for Healthy Hair Growth

B vitamins for healthy hair growth

I can vividly remember my mom reminding me to take my Flintstones Chewable vitamins every morning. I think we all grew up hearing our parents talk about the importance of vitamins, but what do they really do? Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help all cells and organs do their jobs; your follicles among them. Just like every cell in the body, hair follicles are alive and need support of vitamins to keep them healthy.

B vitamins, in particular are essential for creating the structure of hair, providing nutrition for hair follicles, reducing stress, preventing toxicity and providing essential oxygen to cells. B vitamins are commonly recognized as a group and often work in synergy in the body, but each of the B vitamins performs a unique and important function. This vitamin group includes: B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B5, B6, B7 (biotin), B9, and B12.

Energy – B1/Thiamine & B7/Biotin

Vitamin B1 and B7 (also known as thiamine and biotin, respectively) help break down food into energy. If these vitamins are deficient, the body conserves energy by diverting it to functions that are most vital for survival. This means that organs like your heart and lungs would be prioritized over hair follicles and hair production. By providing your body with the ability to create more energy, you are enabling it to do other tasks, like making sure your hair is growing healthy and strong.

Structure – B2

Hair is made out of two proteins – keratin and collagen. Structurally, it’s like a beaded necklace, where the string is made out of collagen that threads or binds keratin “beads” together. Following this analogy, B2 helps create the energy required to thread the string through the beads, creating a bond between the two proteins. Without B2, hair strands could not be built properly and hair would appear dry and brittle.

Nutrition – B3/Niacin

An essential part of hair health is making sure follicles receive the proper nutrition. A ‘starving’ follicle produces little or no hair. B3 helps feed follicles because it is a natural vasodilator (that’s a fancy word for dilating blood vessels), thereby increasing the amount of nutrients that can be delivered to the hair follicle. Imagine a traffic-heavy highway. More cars – or in this case, nutrients – can travel if more lanes are added. When follicles are well-nourished, they’re able to grow hair properly.

Stress – B5 & B9

When we are stressed long term – like so many of us are! – our adrenals go into over drive, releasing excess amounts of cortisol (aka stress hormone). This can have a negative effect on the body and the hair follicles. B5 and B9 help regulate cortisol levels, reducing stress on the follicles and encouraging healthy growth.

B vitamins and hair growth
Hair follicles are alive, and just like the rest of our body, they need the right nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy.

Toxicity – B6

It might be strange to think about, but liver function is actually directly tied to hair health. How? The liver acts as our main detoxifying organ. It breaks down toxic substances we regularly come into contact with; like mercury, pollutants and food preservatives. If these toxic substances build up, it can affect hair growth. Vitamin B6 supports healthy liver function, so it can detoxify our bodies and reduce hair-damaging mechanisms.

 

Circulation – B12

Red blood cells bring oxygen to every cell in our bodies. Follicle cells, like all cells, need a constant supply of oxygen to build the structure of hair. B12 is a vitamin that is essential for red blood cell production. Without this vitamin, we are unable to circulate oxygen properly to our follicles so they can grow hair.

Summary

B vitamins are not only essential to overall wellness, they are necessary for optimal hair health. B vitamins provide energy, structure, and nutrition to the hair follicle. They are also essential in rebalancing the aftermath of stress, toxicity, and providing essential oxygen to follicle cells. In an effort to help you meet your hair goals, we’ve made our very own B-Booster formula – specifically designed to augment your daily Nutrafol routine. It’s not available for sale quite yet, but please call us if you’d like to learn more.

Sources: You Can Find the B Vitamins in These Foods

B1: Eggs, fruit, whole grains, liver meat, and peas. B7: Egg yolks, cauliflower, avocado, raspberries, pork, liver, and salmon.
B2:  Milk, eggs, rice, and vitamin fortified cereals.
B3:  Turkey, chicken, peanuts, mushrooms, liver, and tuna.
B5:  Chicken, beef, potatoes, eggs, broccoli, whole grains, and tomatoes.
B6:  Eggs, milk, peanuts, pork, chicken, fish, whole grains, vegetables,
potatoes, soybeans, and fortified cereals.
B9: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, peas, asparagus, chickpeas,
fortified cereal, and liver meat.
B12: Salmon, cod, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, and fortified cereals.

Research Review: Is Biotin Supplementation Worth the Hype?

Biotin benefits

Biotin is included in most supplements for hair and nails, even though biotin deficiency in humans is rare. Researchers are starting to question if it is worth the hype. So what’s the answer? Is biotin supplementation really effective?

The Function of Biotin in Our Bodies

Biotin belongs to the B vitamin complex and is also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H. It is an essential nutrient that serves multiple functions in the body. It’s involved in processing fats and carbohydrates, it maintains nervous system function, and it is an essential component of healthy hair and nails.

A deficit in biotin can cause rashes, anemia, depression, and hair loss among other things, and supplemental biotin has been shown to reverse these effects. But biotin deficiency is actually very rare. Most people’s gut bacteria make more than enough biotin for a person’s daily needs. Deficits are only seen in people with certain genetic conditions or in people who are being depleted of biotin through other means – such as gastrointestinal disorders or as a side effect of certain drugs. But although biotin deficiency is rare, biotin is included as an ingredient in most nutritional supplements for hair and nails.

What Does Science Say About Biotin Supplementation

There are numerous studies that look at the effectiveness of biotin supplementation in hair loss treatment. A summary of these studies called “The Infatuation with Biotin Supplementation” have been put together by Dr Teo Soleymani, Dr Kristen Lo Sicco and Dr Jerry Shapiro and published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The review looks at the results of the studies done on biotin to determine who can benefit from its use and whether it deserves its reputation as a panacea for hair problems.

Biotin effects
A deficit in biotin can cause rashes, anemia, depression, and hair loss, but biotin deficiency is actually very rare.

Biotin a Routine Treatment for Hair Loss in the 1980s

Biotin supplementation was used in the 1980s as a routine treatment for hair loss from any cause (Shelly – Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1985;13:97-102). Even though there were no scientific studies to back up its use, and an earlier study even found that it was ineffective (Pawlowski – Polish Medical Journal1965;5:447-452).

However, a study done on dogs in 1989 showed that biotin supplementation had a positive impact on nearly all animals with poor coat quality (Frigg – Schweiz Arch Tierheilk, 1989 131:621-625). 91% of them showed some improvement in hair quality and quantity after a period of 3 to 5 weeks.

When applied to humans, the same results have not been realized (Famenini – JDD, 2014 Jul;13:715-724 and Rogers – JAAD, 2008;59:547-56). A study that looked at biotin’s effect at the molecular level also failed to show that it had an impact on the expression of keratin (the building blocks of hair) in hair producing cells.

Biotin Supplementation No Longer Supported as Blanket Treatment

The results of these studies are not encouraging for the use of biotin as a blanket treatment for hair loss and indeed, the medical community no longer supports using biotin in all cases of hair loss. There are, however, several situations in which biotin can be a helpful part of hair loss therapy. In cases where hair loss is due to biotin deficiency, supplementation has been shown to be effective in restoring hair condition.

 

Conclusion: Biotin is Not for Everyone

The evidence for biotin use is quite clear in cases of specific deficiency, but there is no evidence to support its use for the average person looking to improve their hair quality. However, marketing and celebrity endorsements have given biotin a reputation as a key supplement for beautiful, shiny hair. This can lead to disappointing results for people who use these supplements.

While it is true that biotin is a component of healthy hair, the same can be said for other vital vitamins that we need for our bodies to be healthy. Biotin supplementation for hair is only recommended in a small number of cases. More scientific research into the causes of hair loss is needed to create effective supplements that can help a larger number of people improve their hair quality.

Hair growth and you – this is what you can do

Your hair is one of your best accessories – that is something that Nutrafol believes in. So follow these hair growth tips to keep it that way.

Hair growth 101

Choose a good hairbrush

It all starts with the hairbrush. And the best hairbrush that you can choose for hair growth, is a boar bristle brush. When using a boar bristle brush, your hair gets conditioned with every stroke. Because boar hair is similar to human hair, a boar bristle brush is gentle on the scalp and hair follicles. Boar bristles also help distribute the scalp’s natural oils throughout the shaft of your hair, all the way down to the split ends.

Do not shampoo with every wash

According to NBC, Europeans and Australians have a more lax attitude toward shampooing, but in the U.S., the thought of going more than 48 hours without shampoo makes many squirm. However, skipping your daily shampoo might help you in your hair growth, according to the mentioned report. As Nutrafol wrote in another piece, shampoo tends to cleanse your hair by stripping away natural necessary oils and when this happens the body’s response is to overproduce oil. When you over-shampoo, your hair is over-secreting oil in order to survive, says Lorraine Massey, co-owner of Devachan Salon in New York. When you balance out your scalp’s oils, you’re left with shiny, healthy hair, which appears longer and more luxurious, she continues.

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Fruity fruits and green greens are just what the hair doctor ordered.

Choose a pillowcase that is not made out of cotton

If you are sleeping on a cotton pillowcase you might consider swapping it for a satin or silk one. This will nourish your hair even when you are sleeping. Cotton absorbs moisture, while silk retains it. So when lying on a silk or satin pillowcase, the oils from your strands are maintained rather than soaked up. Which will leave your hair nourished rather than dry.

No need to rinse your hair with cold water

You might have heard that a cold rinse is actually good for hair growth – well, not really. Rinsing with cold water can constrict the blood capillaries in your scalp. As these capillaries carry vital nutrients to the hair follicles, in theory, it may actually be harmful to hair growth, Anabel Kingsley of the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic says.

Use supplements and eat well

Yes, it might sound like the oldest story in the book but supplements can be important for your hair growth. Taking some over-the-counter vitamins every day that contain antioxidant blends and vitamin B derivatives boost strands. Taking supplements containing the building blocks for healthy hair on a regular basis can speed things up for you. But besides supplements, you should also maintain a healthy diet. With every meal you have make sure to include tons of greens and fresh fruits. Try starting your day with a smoothie that contains all those vegetables and fruits you need to eat every day. It is easy to make, healthy and perfect on the go if you are short on time.

Hair Vitamins – Which Ones to Look For and Why

Hair loss vitamins

In a sea of hair vitamins, you may ask yourself, which ones should you look for? So instead of you roaming the Internet on your own, guessing your way through, Nutrafol did all that for you. So here you go, these babies are the ones that you have to keep an extra eye on.

Hair Vitamins, Which Ones to Look Out for

Biotin: Some researchers claim that biotin is the supplement to take. Not only does it improve brittle nails but it also prevents hair from thinning. It is water-soluble (which means that your body will get rid of excess amounts that it does not need). Many patients that take biotin are very happy with it, says Doris Day, M.D., celebrity dermatologist in New York City.

Vitamin D: The sunshine vitamin, as it is often called, is important for a number of different body functions. Hair follicles are highly sensitive to hormones and vitamin D is actually a hormone that plays an important role in our hair growth. Direct sun exposure is the best way to get your fair square of vitamin D. So whenever it is sunny, go outside and sit in the sun for about 10-15 minutes to absorb about 10.000 units of natural vitamin D. To increase your vitamin D levels with food sources, eat food such as salmon, whitefish, maitake mushrooms and portabello mushrooms. People who lack vitamin D can suffer from severe hair loss such as alopecia areata.

Find out more about how you can prevent thinning hair in our latest hair loss supplements guide.

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Combine fish oil and Nutrafol’s own supplement to support fuller and healthier hair.

Fish oil: One of the best hair vitamins is fish oil. This is supposed to have innumerable benefits for hair growth, especially if you suffer from thinning hair. The high level of omega 3 fatty acids present in fish oil ensures proper functioning of the body and therefore promotes healthy skin and hair. Fish oil regulates the body’s functions to help support healthy hair growth. The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil are full of nutrients as well as proteins. These help in keeping the hair healthy. The nutrients help nourish the hair follicles and support hair growth. Along with this, they also strengthen the hair roots, ensuring that there is no excess hair fall.

Vitamin A: All cells need vitamin A for growth, that is a fact. This includes hair too. Vitamin A also helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep the hair healthy. If you have a vitamin A deficiency it can lead to hair loss. It is important to get enough vitamin A, but do not overdose as too much may be dangerous for you. Studies show that an overdose of vitamin A can also lead to hair loss. Vitamin A can be found in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach and kale. But also in products such as milk, eggs and yogurt.

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Healthier Hair Growth Vitamins That can Work and Why

Hair growth vitamins that really work

Let us be honest – how many of us have not heard of  vitamins that we can take and…voilà! Magic will happen and our hair, nails and skin will thank us eternally? If we’re even more honest, how many of us have not yearned for hair growth vitamins that really work? Probably most of us, so here are three that could make you believe in magic and give you an understanding of why they can work so well.

“Usually I will recommend supplements to those who are looking to address certain skin, nail or hair issues,” said Dr. Marina Peredo in an interview while referring to three supplements in particular that have been proven to work to our advantage addressing these issues.

Biotin is one of the healthier hair growth vitamins that can really work

Make this little vitamin your new best friend because that’s how much you will love what it does for your hair health. But how and why does it work, you may wonder? Biotin encourages the production of protein, and protein itself stimulates healthier hair growth and texture. So it’s good to take it when you experience brittle nails or thinning hair.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is an antioxidant and it helps remove bacteria from your skin.  Not only does vitamin B treat your skin right, it’s great for your hair. Vitamin B is important for your metabolism because it plays an important role in supporting it. In turn, this helps nutrients reach your scalp more easily, which helps make your hair stronger and healthier. Vitamin B can also help keep the pigmentation in your hair vibrant – all of this is why it’s one of the healthier hair vitamins that can really work.

Hair growth vitamins that really work
Supplements that contain biotin, vitamin B or marine fatty acids are vitamins that can really work to help your hair, so why not include one with your daily meal?

Marine Fatty Acids

Omega-3 works like magic when it comes to combating dry and damaged hair, hair thinning and a flaky scalp. Omega-3 adds luster, elasticity and shine to dull and worn down hair and helps kick-start healthier hair growth. The acids it contains help regenerate blood circulation in the scalp and provide nourishment to the hair follicles. If you start taking Omega-3 supplements you may notice your hair feels stronger and healthier.

 

 

The Role of Vitamin D in Hair Loss and Overall Hair Health

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which is naturally produced in the body when sunrays convert the skin’s chemicals into Vitamin D. The vitamin is very important for the health of bones, muscles, teeth and hair, and it also plays its role in the prevention of different diseases, some of which are Diabetes, Hypertension, and Stroke. Little to no sun exposure can lead to Vitamin D deficiency.

Effect of Vitamin D on Hair Loss

There are many diseases such as; thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, and lupus, which can increase hair loss. Sufficient amounts of Vitamin D play an important role in preventing these diseases, which in turn reduces hair loss. If you lack the vitamin, it may lead to hair shedding. Hair shedding is normal if a person sheds about 100 hairs per day. However, if a person sheds 200 to 300 hairs per day, this could indicate a potential medical disorder.

Vitamin D
Fish is a great source of Vitamin D, especially salmon. Very nutritious and easy to cook.

Daily Dietary Intake and Vitamin D Supplementation

The daily dietary intake should be up to 15mcg or 600 IU per day. Foods with great amounts of the vitamin include; blue fish, catfish, cod liver oil, egg yolk, and milk.
Other good sources are mushrooms, oysters, salmon, shrimp, tuna, and sardines. Fish is an excellent source because it contains omega-3 which is part of the Vitamin D production process. If the dietary intake and sun exposure is not enough to cover the vitamin deficiency, then supplements may be able to help. However, it is important not to consume more than the recommended dose as it can lead to several side effects including loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased heart beat, muscular weakness, and constipation.

How to Grow Hair Faster and Longer: 12 Simple Tips

Grow hair faster

Whether you’re a man or woman, odds are you think about how your hair looks. Especially if you’re a woman, you may want your hair to be longer now. Our hair grows a quarter of an inch a month, but sometimes we don’t see that length, or we wish for  it to grow faster.  Waiting for hair to grow out is no simple feat. If you’re feeling impatient and want to speed your hair growth process along, follow these 12 simple ideas to help get your hair the length you want it as fast as possible.

1. Stop cutting it.

Many people think that frequent trimming helps grow hair faster and longer. The only time this actually works is if your hair is incredibly damaged at the ends. If so, make sure you cut off all of the damaged length (not just half an inch). The healthier the ends, the less it breaks off.

2. Stop styling it.

Stop adding chemicals to the mix, and stop heating it and pulling it just to make it look nice. A little natural product is OK, but constantly playing with it will just break it.

3. Eat a well-balanced diet.

Food is so closely connected to skin and hair health. Make sure you’re eating your veggies and fruits, Omega 3 fatty acids in nuts and fish, and even take supplements like fish oil or multivitamins to make sure your getting all of the essential nutrients you need. Remove acidic or processed foods, and avoid red meat.

4. Wash less.

If you have oily hair, this may seem very unappealing, but in reality many shampoos strip your hair of the natural oils it needs to remain healthy. Try shampooing less often and your hair’s oils will naturally balance out.

5. Condition every time to grow hair faster.

When you shower, but don’t shampoo, make sure you still apply conditioner. This keeps your ends healthy, letting your hair grow.

6. Rinse with cold water.

This sounds uncomfortable, but by rinsing with cold water, you can help close your follicles to protect from hair loss and yanking.

7. Massage your scalp.

Don’t confuse a massage with a harsh itching. That may feel good, but will rip hair from the follicles. Gently massage your scalp without pulling hair to help stimulate follicle growth.

8. Mask it.

There are tons of recipes for hair masks, including castor and coconut oil, keratin oils, egg masks, apple cider vinegar rinses, etc. Try whatever you want, but find something that works and use it once a week. Your hair should feel heavier and look shinier – a good sign that your concoction is working.

9. Avoid stress.

Of course, this is next to impossible for most of us, but avoiding as much stress as possible can help your hair grow healthier. You really do lose hair when your cortisol levels rise.

10. Be gentle.

Don’t play with your hair a lot (flipping it over your shoulder, etc.), and don’t brush it roughly when you get out of the shower. Avoid putting it up in that towel as well!

11. Drink more water.

We are made up of 80% water, and without that our body doesn’t produce as well as it needs to. This includes hair production!

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Water is not only good for your body but also for your hair – remember to stay hydrated!

12. Supplement.

There are tons of supplements that support healthy hair growth on the market – check them out! They can help ensure your hair gets all the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

 

 

 

The Best Hair Growth Supplements

Your daily diet has an impact on your overall health and well-being, and your hair deserves good nutrition as well – something it can get through the best hair growth supplements. Many people fail to realize that their hair is also affected by their dietary choices. In fact, many vitamins and minerals play an important role in the growth of healthy hair. Some of the best hair growth supplements contain vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as iron and folic acid.

Vitamin A Can Make a Positive Impact on Hair When Used Properly

Vitamin A can be a little bit tricky to deal with. On one hand it is one of the most vital of the vitamins for healthy hair. On the other hand, because it is so important, many supplements and foods are enhanced with the vitamin, and too much of it can lead to hair loss. Some of the hair benefits of vitamin A are that it will strengthen the hair, moisten the scalp and fight free radicals that may could have a negative impact on hair growth and health.

 

Vitamin B Complex – A Collection of the Best Hair Growth Supplements

Saying that Vitamin B is essential to hair growth is a little misleading. In fact, several types of B vitamins contribute to the health and vitality of your hair. This is why some of the best hair growth supplements and dietary guides will refer to them collectively as Vitamin B Complex. Some of the most important B vitamins are Biotin, B6 and B12. However, all eight different B vitamins play an integral role in reducing hair loss, increasing the rate of hair growth and promoting shiny hair.

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Folid Acid is an important vitamin for healthy hair growth. Apart from dark leafy greens, papaya fruit and oranges contain are great sources of folic acid.

Folic Acid Can Greatly Reduce Breakage

Folic acid gets its own special mention, even though it is technically part of the vitamin B family. It’s the artificial form of B9 added to foods. Folate is the nutrient naturally found in foods. Folic acid plays a critical role in numerous bodily functions including mental and emotional health. It also has an often overlooked impact on the health of your hair. It can add moisture to your hair, something that reduces the amount of breakage that occurs. This allows you to go longer without having to trim or cut your hair, leading to longer hair overall. Folic acid also makes hair shinier and thicker.

Vitamin E Promotes Blood Circulation

Vitamin E is well known for its positive effect on the skin, but it’s also beneficial for hair. It helps promote adequate levels of blood circulation, which includes the circulation in your scalp, facilitating hair growth. A healthier scalp will lead to softer hair, fewer split ends and improved hair growth.

Other Ways to Promote Hair Growth

Many people overlook the impact your overall well-being has on your hair. Reducing stress is a very effective tool when dealing with hair loss. Yoga, meditation, and other calming activities can greatly improve your overall health, and lead to increased hair growth.

An individual with a vitamin deficiency in one or all of these areas will find it difficult to sustain healthy hair, much less promote increased hair growth and health. Because many of these vitamins and minerals work together to enhance hair growth, it can be beneficial to find one that contains the most important vitamins as well as works on your overall health. Especially if you are unable to get the necessary amounts through your dietary choices.

The Best Hair Vitamins for Natural Hair Growth

Get the natural hair growth you want, with the best vitamins known to give you healthy and strong hair. Vitamins are essential, not only to promote natural hair growth, but for your overall health. Some of the most important vitamins that have an impact on your hair include iron, vitamins C & D, biotin and magnesium.

Iron and Vitamin C Work Together to Promote Natural Hair Growth

Iron and vitamin C are grouped together because they work together. Technically, iron is not a vitamin. However, it is one of the most valuable minerals in promoting natural hair growth. Several studies have linked iron deficiency with hair loss. Vitamin C is required for the body to absorb iron adequately, especially iron that comes from eggs and plants. If you have a vitamin C deficiency, your body won’t absorb the iron it needs to maintain healthy hair, even if your diet is rich in foods containing iron, such as red meat.

On its own, vitamin C also helps promote natural hair growth by maintaining the strength of the individual strands of hair. Vitamin C is water soluble, which means the body does not store it for later use. Because of this, it is important to make sure that you get the recommended daily amounts of vitamin C.

Vitamin D Helps Your Body Absorb the Vitamins Your Hair Needs

Vitamin D has been getting a lot of attention from the medical community in the last decade. It has been linked to a variety of health benefits, and a vitamin D deficiency has been identified as one of the causes of many health issues. It has even been found to interact with our DNA and directly influence over 200 genes, some of which can activate various serious diseases.

Technically, vitamin D deficiency itself is not a cause of hair loss. However, with a lack of vitamin D, the body is not able to appropriately absorb many vitamins and minerals which do directly impact the overall health of hair. Some of those vitamins and minerals that cannot be absorbed without adequate levels of vitamin D, but that are important for healthy hair growth, are zinc and calcium.

Biotin – One B Vitamin That Plays a Huge Role in Hair Health

Biotin is one of the all-important B vitamins that plays a huge role in the health and growth of hair. This is another water soluble vitamin which means it requires daily effort to maintain healthy levels. It can be found in foods like mushrooms, eggs, avocado and fish like tuna and salmon. If you think you might not get enough through your diet you might want to consider a supplement that contains Biotin and supports healthy hair growth. Biotin promotes increased hair growth as well as overall hair health.

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Magnesium can be found in dark leafy greens like spinach, as well as in avocado. Broccoli is a good source of iron.

Magnesium Helps Prevent Hair From Falling Out

Magnesium is another crucial mineral for a healthy body and healthy hair. Often overlooked because it isn’t until there is an actual deficiency that it becomes evident just how important it is. Magnesium is one of the nutrients that hair follicles need to grow strong hair. One that will stay in place throughout their growth cycle. A magnesium deficiency can also be a contributing factor in testosterone deficiency. In men, this often presents as hair loss.

Other Natural Options For Hair Growth

As with so many other functions of our body, our hair needs overall well-being to strive. Eliminating stress can play a huge role in curing hair loss and hair problems.
Yoga, meditation, or any activity that brings down your stress levels, will benefit in your journey to healthy hair.

The pace of modern life is hectic for most people. This makes it increasingly difficult to find the time to eat a well-balanced diet that provides all of the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy hair. If you are aware that you lack some of the best hair vitamins for natural hair growth, consider adding a supplement to help bridge the gap.

Vitamins For Hair Growth – The Role of Vitamin B6 in Promoting Healthy Hair

Did you know you can use vitamins for supporting hair growth, and that Vitamin B6 is one of those that plays a vital role in maintaining our physical and mental health as well as keeping our hair healthy and beautiful through different mechanisms?
Other natural remedies that may have a positive impact on hair loss are supplements that support healthy hair growth, and relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation.

Mechanisms of Vitamin B6 to Increase Hair Health

Effective Protein Metabolism

Vitamin B6 is an important member of the Vitamin B-complex family, and it is actively involved in the protein metabolism in the body, since it acts as a catalyst. It activates the enzymes and chemical reactions that start the metabolism of the hair proteins, keratin and melanin, in the hair follicles. This makes the hair follicles get enough keratin and melanin, which promotes hair growth and hair renewal.

How Vitamins that Regulates Sex Hormones become Vitamins for Hair Growth

Vitamin B6 also controls the hormonal release of different glands, such as the ovaries and testes. A component of vitamin B6, known as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (PLP), regulates the function of androgens – or sex hormones – i.e. testosterone and estrogen. These hormones have a direct effect on hair growth. Testosterone leads to the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which immensely affects the hair growth negatively, and leads to hair loss by decreasing the length of the hair growth phase (the anagen phase) and reducing the size of the hair follicles.

Eating certain vitamins or supplements can help to support healthy hair growth. According to a research study from Pauling Institute of Oregon State University Linus, Vitamin B6 binds to the testosterone receptors and stops the formation of DHT. Due to this, natural hair growth is restored.

 

Vitamins For Hair Growth Combined With Other Elements

Another study was conducted by the British Journal of Dermatology in 2007, in which they found that the combination of Vitamin B6 with Zinc and Azelaic Acid in low concentrations can inhibit 90% of harmful activity of testosterone, i.e. formation of DHT in the hair follicle. These results were backed by the Journal of Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which stated that the use of Azelaic Acid and Vitamin B6 in combination greatly accelerates hair growth. This study also revealed that Vitamin B6 helps in natural hair color restoration by increasing the formation of melanin – a natural coloring pigment – in the body.

It was also concluded by the Polish journal Wiadomosci Lekarskie in 2001, that injections of Vitamin B6 prevented hair loss and hair thinning in women.

Click here to get a complete list of best hair loss vitamins that you can start taking as a precautionary measure today.

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A varied diet that includes Vitamin B-6 gives you the important nutrients you need for a healthy hair.

Reduction in Mental Stressors

Vitamin B6 is vital for our brain development, and can also help prevent depression since it plays an important role in producing the hormones serotonin and dopamine, which affect our mood and nerve communication.

Vitamin B6 also increases the flow of oxygenated blood to the hair follicle and scalp. This blood, full of oxygen, greatly supports hair growth and hair revitalization.

Dietary Sources of Vitamin B6 and Recommended Daily Dose

Food sources that are rich with vitamins for hair growth are turkey, chicken, fish like tuna and salmon. Other sources are pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, avocado and bananas. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 is 1.3 milligrams to 1.7 milligrams per day. If your dietary intake of Vitamin B6 is not enough to fulfill the daily requirement, use Vitamin B6 oral supplements. However, it’s highly recommended not to consume more than the recommended dose of oral Vitamin B6 supplements, as higher amounts can have harmful side effects.