Great Hair, One Vitamin at a Time

black-hairWant shiny, moisturized, growing hair?

Take a quick trip to your local drug store and stock up on all the nutrients your hair needs.

It’s too thin! It’s too short! It’s too dry! Hair is one thing that many people are never satisfied with but still work continuously to perfect. The journey to find the perfect hair care regimen may seem long, but it can start with a trip to a local drug store to purchase hair-nourishing vitamins. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, certain vitamins combined with a healthy diet promote healthy hair and aid in hair growth. Here is a list of four vitamins that can help keep your hair flourishing, no matter the stage.

Biotin

Biotin is a colorless, water-soluble member of the B vitamin complex. It is vital to cell proliferation, making it a valuable vitamin when it comes to hair growth. When ingested, biotin reacts with cell enzymes and helps to produce the amino acids needed to stimulate hair follicles. This type of B vitamin can also be found in foods such as egg yolk, soybeans and avocados.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another water-soluble vitamin that produces collagen and works to absorb iron. This vitamin is also loaded with antioxidants that reduce the amount of free radicals produced when food is converted to energy in the body. An abundance of free radicals can cause split ends and brittleness.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known to help aid with healthy bones and skin but can also be essential in hair growth. According to a report in STEM Cells Translational Medicine, vitamin D aids in creating new hair follicles. Good sources of vitamin D include orange juice, mushrooms and grains.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is another antioxidant-rich vitamin that promotes moister. It can be combined with foods like sweet potatoes and carrots to lock in moister and prevent rough, dry and damaged hair. Vitamin A also helps to slow color aging while maintaining a natural shine.

Though it is not advised to solely rely on vitamins for hair growth, a daily dosage of these supplements can be used to fill in nutrient gaps that may be missed in an everyday diet. Be sure to take all vitamins with food and plenty of water.


This article was written by Bianca Burns, Web Manager for WHBC 96.3HD3.

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