The Best Vitamins for Hair Loss

Nutrition is an important part of maintaining hair health. You may not have made the connection between your diet and your hair loss, but many times men or women with poor dietary habits will see increased hair loss as a consequence. Infusing your routine with vitamins for hair loss reversal might seem like a long shot, but you actually can increase hair restoration by adding specific nutrients and vitamins into your diet.

Eating a healthy diet is essential for curbing hair loss for men and women. Anyone adhering to an extreme diet may see rapid or extensive hair loss as a result of low calorie intake or nutrient deficiency. It's most prudent to follow a slow weight loss program that will not take a toll on your hair and skin. Try not to lose more than one pound a week and you will protect your hair.

Aside from nutrient deficiencies, it's important to make sure you are taking the vitamins that promote the growth of healthy hair. Not only can vitamins prevent hair loss but in some cases the right vitamins can initiate re-growth of hair previously lost.

Try supplementing your diet with the following vitamins for hair loss:

Iron
If you have even a slight iron deficiency, you may be losing hair at a faster rate than is normal. Make sure you eat red meat or take a multi-vitamin with iron if you are trying to combat hair loss.

Essential Fatty Acids
It's important to make sure you're getting enough omega 3 fatty acids through either dietary intake or supplements. In addition to anti-inflammatory properties, these fatty acids also promote the growth of healthy hair.

B Vitamins, Especially Biotin and Vitamin B12
Eat your share of eggs, poultry, and meat, or take a supplemental dose of B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for healthy hair growth and radiant skin, but most people don't get more than 30 mcg of biotin a day from food and beverages. It's recommended you find a supplement providing all of the B vitamins, especially 300 mg of biotin a day. 

Watch your Zinc/Copper Ratio
Zinc is also an important vitamin for preventing hair loss because it affects the level of androgens in the body, which in turn affects hair growth or loss, but it's important to make sure you take copper supplements if you take zinc supplements. The ratio of zinc to copper must stay in balance, and people often take zinc because they hear it's good for warding off colds and other illnesses. Don't take more than 80 mg of zinc a day, and make sure you check with your doctor about the appropriate level of copper supplementation. You want to keep the balance without taking too much of these metals, which can adversely affect your body (they act as pro-oxidants if taken inappropriately).

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
MSM contains sulphur, which is an important component of hair growth and re-growth.  The sulphur acts as a building block for new hair folicles. It is recommended you take 700 mg of MSM daily.

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