Thursday, June 19, 2008

Beauty care: Losing Your Hair? Try These natural Hair Loss Vitamins

Losing Your Hair? Try These natural Hair Loss Vitamins
by Glenn Turner

The quest to find the most effective solution to hair loss is one that has the medical and scientific community the world over hard at work. And while there are certainly some very effective pharmaceutical type hair loss treatments available today, for many people looking to avoid the possible side-effects of prescription drugs and hair loss medications, natural vitamins for hair loss can provide an effective and healthy alternative.

The causes of hair loss are numerous. But one area that needs to be explored if you suffer from hair loss or indeed if the health of your hair is compromised at all is making sure that you are getting adequate levels of nutrients such as minerals and vitamins.


When considering adding certain nutrients to your diet to help with hair loss the vitamins for hair loss that need to be made a priority are B vitamins such as Inositol, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Folic Acid and Vitamin B5. A good average diet should have enough of these vitamins for regular maintenance but if you are looking to treat a condition such as hair loss then the doses of these vitamins need to be much higher with vitamin supplementation being the necessary course of action.

Of these B vitamins Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and Folic acid are especially important in treating hair loss. If someone shows a deficiency in Folic Acid for a long period of time the chances of complete baldness increases dramatically. In the case of Vitamin B6 large doses have been shown to be clinically effective in stimulating hair re-growth.

What needs to be kept in mind here is that an indiscriminate use of mega doses of any vitamins can actually do more harm than good leading to a dramatic increase in hair loss.

An overdose of vitamin A for example has been clinically proven to actually cause hair loss.

So rather than taking vitamin E and mineral supplements in a hit or miss fashion a specific supplementation program needs to be put in place. Nutrition should always start with the food we eat to making sure you have a well-balanced diet is the first step should be taken. Additionally a complex B vitamin supplement should be added on a daily basis.

When using any specific vitamin and mineral supplementation therapeutically as opposed to daily maintenance, dosage is important specifically you need to make sure that you are getting enough of the specific nutrient that you need. Taking into account that every case is different he then is a basic daily dosage schedule for the beef items we have been discussing Inositol 500-1000mg, Pyridoxine (VitaminB6) 50mg, Folic Acid 1mg, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 50mg, Biotin 25mcg, Niacin (Vitamin B3) 100-300mg.

While it is difficult to get the appropriate levels of these natural hair loss vitamins from food alone there are some foods that you may like to include in your diet that are generally good sources of these essential nutrients.

Lentils, green peas, walnuts, sunflower seeds, carrots, soybeans, oats, brown rice, bulgur, cauliflower, brewer's yeast, bran, peas, nuts, eggs and beans are all great sources of the essential vitamins for hair loss that you need.

Now while this covers what are largely considered the main natural hair loss vitamins you will need there are other essential nutrients that are necessary for the normal operating of a host of body functions that may compromise your hair loss treatment if you don't take care of them.

Vitamin E and Vitamin C are important antioxidants that are essential to our health and well-being. In relation to hair loss vitamin E acts as a carrier of oxygen in the blood and is vital to circulation generally and can help with circulation in the scalp. 1200 IU is considered a safe medicinal dose.

Vitamin C works in a similar fashion making sure that there is an adequate supply of blood to the scalp and helps to maintain the strength of the capillaries through which the blood flows to the scalp. A daily dose of 2000mg is considered a safe therapeutic dose.

When starting on a program of using vitamins for hair loss start with a small dose and work up until you are taking a sufficiently strong does to have the therapeutic effect you are looking for. Keep in mind however that too much often creates just as many problems as to little when it comes to using nutritional supplements

Sometimes it all gets too complicated and you need the help of a trained outsider. You might consider visiting a naturopath or a nutritionist or dietician. These people can provide you with a very detailed hair loss treatment plan which will include the specific nutrients you will need and the quantities you will need them in to help treat your hair loss successfully.



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