Hair care

Vitamins, Minerals & Hair Loss

At this day in age let’s hope that we can all agree on the crucial role of diet in overall health. So it makes sense that if diet is somehow compromised, meaning that you are not receiving balanced nutrition, your body will respond and your health will be affected. One type of response is hair loss.

If the nutrient deficiency is the cause of your hair loss there is good news – it is easy to correct. And even if this is not the primary cause of your hair loss, Vitamins for hair loss and a balanced diet are a must in all Hair Loss Treatment & Prevention Plans. This provides the supporting foundation that will decide the effectiveness of other more specific treatments.

Key Vitamin Supplements

So let’s talk about Vitamin Supplements that help for Hair Loss either in the prevention of hair loss or promoting new hair growth. Here is a short list of commonly suggested daily supplements:

  • Multi-Vitamin w/Inositol, Biotin, Magnesium & Sulfur
  • B-Vitamin Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • Zinc

You will notice that there are no dosages here. That is because we are all different. Do some research by talking to a pharmacist, your Doctor or your naturopath. Read up on these vitamins at the library so you can ask better questions of these professionals. Find out what is best for you personally rather than what seems to work for the majority of people. Participate in creating your very own customized treatment plan.

Some people may already have heard that large doses of Vitamin A for long periods can actually cause hair loss. This is quite true and there a lot of sources that you can research about this. Fortunately, if this is your only cause of hair loss all you need to do is to stop taking it and your body should self-correct this problem. This is yet another example of how balance is the key; too much of anything is never good.

Vitamin Deficiencies

So we have talked about what vitamins to take and what ones to avoid. Supplements are especially important in addressing Vitamin Deficiencies. Amazingly enough, many people routinely suffer from nutrient depletion of one sort or another and don’t realize it. Often this can be because their focus is on something else. Here are some examples of what might cause a vitamin deficiency:

Vegetarian Lifestyle – Vegetarians are like all of us; they too must watch that they have a balanced diet. This is especially true for those switching to vegetarianism. Do your homework; check in with a dietician & make the necessary changes.

Pharmaceutical Medications – these can and often do alter your body’s ability to absorb certain vitamins causing a deficiency. Check in with your Doctor and find out what supplements can minimize any side effects of this sort.

Stress & Trauma – both emotional distress and physical health challenges can cause your body to change how it uses vitamins. Stay aware of any changes in your health. Healing from stresses may require a temporary increase in certain vitamins. For example, a common vitamin that is used in greater quantities when stressed is Vitamin B.

Power Foods

Another great way to add in nutrients is to educate yourself about the nutrient density and makeup of foods. Some foods are high in key nutrients that help in the treatment of hair loss. For example yogurt, honey, almonds & wheat germ. Some people even create their own “Hair Loss Cocktail”.

In closing, remember that nutritional approaches to hair loss will take two to four months to see changes, this is also called the “loading period”. Again it is important to remember that hair loss is a sign that your body is out of balance. Identifying the cause or causes of this imbalance & how to correct it will take time & perseverance.

Make some lifestyle changes. Notice how the same foods & nutrients that are good for your body are also good for your hair? So Enjoy and Good Luck!