Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vitamins: All thats good for your Hair

Lately I have been very intrigued by what eating health and pay attention to my body will lead to. I Know I discuss a lot about paying attention to your hair but just imagine how much the both work hand in hand. Our bodies allow the function, the growth and the health of our hair to be possible. I am currently on my way to a healthy lifestyle and thought I give you a push to help you achieve the same of course that doesn’t mean you need to just give up everything but stay conscious of what your body needs.
Hair loss: When there is a deficiency of B vitamins; B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid, this leads to hair loss. Our bodies crave vitamins to function and to be healthy.
Specific hair growth vitamins: B5 (pantothenic acid), B3 (niacin) these are natural specific sources just for hair growth.
Vitamin A
It is an antioxidant which aids in the making of healthy sebum in the scalp. It is also a fat soluble, disposing of any excesses taken in through diet in much harder form.
Food sources: fish, liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots, peaches, kale, pumpkin, egg, mango, milk, cantaloupe melon and papaya
Toxicity: When taken in high doses Vitamin A toxicity such as  excess alcohol intake can lead to nausea, jaundice, irritability, anorexia (not the eating disorder), vomiting, blurry vision, headaches, weakness and drowsiness. Stay away from excess alcohol intake as well.
Vitamin C
They work towards maintaining hair health. It is antioxidant since it protects the body against oxidative stress and also acts as a pro-oxidant.
Food sources: citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, and dark green vegetables.
Toxicity: When taken in high doses may cause indigestion and also causes diarrhoea, iron poisoning.
Vitamin E
It helps in improving the scalp circulation. It is a fat soluble antioxidant that stops the production of reactive oxygen species formed when fat underdoes oxidation.

Food sources: vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds, nuts, dried beans, pumpkin, mangoes, sweet potato, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables.

Toxicity: It is recommended that you do not over dose on vitamin E


It works as an anti-aging agent by preventing greying of hair and hair loss. It is necessary for call growth, the production of fatty acids, the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin also assists in various metabolic reactions and the transfer of carbon dioxide. Biotin deficiency is rare because our intestinal bacteria produce biotin in excess of the body’s daily requirements.

Food sources: whole grains, egg yolks, rice, milk and supplements

Toxicity: Biotin deficiency can be caused by the excessive consumption of raw eggs. This can cause hair loss (alopecia), conjunctivitis, dermatitis and neurological symptoms.

It helps in keeping hair follicles healthy. It plays a major role in preventing the collection of fats in the liver. While doing some research I came across a few articles and people that said that using Inositol to treat cancer has help them and continued to do so well into and after their treatments.
Food sources: whole grains, liver, citrus fruits, red beans, kidney beans, and oranges,
Toxicity: Lack of Inositol can lead to constipation, high cholesterol, problems with visions, and hair loss
It aids in promoting scalp circulation. It is one of the 8 water soluble vitamins, and is used to produce energy.
Food sources: wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey, and meat
Toxicity: Niacin toxicity happens when it is taken in mega doses some side effects include skin flushing, itching, dry skin, skin rashes. Alcoholism is the main cause of niacin deficiency.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
It helps in preventing greying and hair loss. It is a water soluble vitamin and helps to convert food to energy, improves the body’s resistance to stress, fighting infections by building antibodies, reduces the effect of environmental damages and improves skin condition and hair.
Food sources: whole grain cereals, organ meats, egg yolks, avocados, multi-vitamins,
Toxicity: It is rare to be pantothenic deficient however it is seen in victims of starvation.
Vitamin B6
Prevents hair loss and is a water soluble vitamin part of the vitamin B complex group. It is key nutrient that they body needs to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food for healthy blood, skin and nerves.
Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats, bananas, legumes, and egg yolks.
Toxicity: Vitamin B6 over consumption result in painful and ultimately irreversible neurological problems, pain, numbness and difficulty walking.
Vitamin B12
Prevents Hair loss, is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the formation of blood. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body.
Food sources: chicken, fish, eggs, yeast and milk
Toxicity: Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. You can experience fatigue, depression, poor memory
Keep in mind I did not include the negative side effects to scare you away from eating helps or taking multi-vitamins. I did this because I want you to be aware not to over dose thinking if you take more your hair will grow more. Take the recommended dosage and consult your doctor always. 

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