Before taking any vitamins or supplements please consult your doctor first.
I remember my friend telling me that she took dietary supplements, to strengthen her hair and promote growth. I never asked her what she took, so I went on my own cyber exploration to find what supplements are beneficial for hair growth. And here’s an in-dept review of what I’ve found. 🙂
Taking care of natural hair is hard-work, dedication, and sometimes very expensive. You can take care of your hair all you want by:
- Using all-natural products
- Home remedies
- Protective styles
- Stop using certain techniques
- And a lot more….
Many people, myself included, only pay attention to the external portion of their hair. However, your hair needs INTERNAL attention to grow, thicken, and become overall healthier. When I say internally, I meaning the proper vitamins and nutrients that helps nourish your body and stimulates hair growth.
Before We Begin…What’s the Difference Between Vitamins and Supplements?
Vitamins are naturally absorbed in the body through the foods you eat, for example: carrots. If you eat a carrot, you’re naturally absorbing Vitamin; A, K, B1, B3, B6 and 3. (Source. LiveStrong)
While supplements are the capsules and soft gels you see on the shelves at your local grocery store. They’re the purest form of the vitamin your trying to receive with out the natural consumption. Like eating a carrot but, you can buy the individual vitamins found in it.
Choose which ever way is best for you. However, I’ll be reviewing the vitamin supplements you find in the stores below. 🙂
Why Invest in Vitamins for Your Hair?
You can apply a vast amount of products that are beneficial for your hair. However, some vitamins can’t be fully absorbed into the hair shaft. And it won’t give you all the benefits that the vitamin is fully capable of. For example, B-complex vitamins:
Most hair care products today contain B-complex vitamins. Interestingly, there is practically no scientific evidence that B-complex vitamins have any positive effect when applied externally. In practically all cases vitamin B should be either acquired through food or taken in supplement form. – Livestrong.com
So, What’s the Best Supplements for Hair Growth?
I found an amazing guide by Naturallycurly.com called 4 Essential Vitamins for Hair. I’ll be doing an in-dept look at the vitamins on this list, and how they contribute to the growth of your hair. 🙂
What is Vitamin A?
“Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.” (Source. Office of Dietary Supplements)
Vitamin A allows the production of sebum that is secreted by the sebaceous glands.
But what does that really mean? Sebum is an oily and/or secretion from the sebaceous glands. These glands can be found anywhere hair can be grown.
Sebum is extremely important to your hair because the oily substance coats the strands of hair which is made of Keratin.
The top 10 foods Vitamin A can be found in are/is (Source. Healthaliciousness.com)
- Paprika, Red Pepper, Cayenne, and Chili Powder
- Sweet Potatoes
- Dark Leafy Greens- Kale provides the most Vitamin A
- Butternut Squash
- Dried Herbs- Dried Parsley provides the most Vitamin A
- Dried Apricots
If you don’t have access to the food listed above your local
Vitamin B Complex
What is a Vitamin B Complex? The Vitamin B Complex is composed of eight essential water-soluble vitamins, that are great for the body. These vitamins include (Source. Evitamins.com):
- Vitamin B1– Thiamine: This vitamin is needed to process carbohydrates, fat and protein. But is also needed by nerve cells to function properly.
- Vitamin B2– Riboflavin: This vitamin helps process amino acids, fats, and helps convert carbohydrates into energy/fuel. As well as activate vitamin B6 and amino acids.
- Vitamin B3- Niacin: This vitamin helps process the release of energy from carbohydrates, regulates cholesterol, and forms fat from carbohydrates to process alcohol.
- Vitamin B5– Pantothenic Acid: “…vitamin involved in the Kreb’s cycle of energy production and is needed to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is also essential in producing, transporting, and releasing energy from fats. Synthesis of cholesterol (needed to manufacture vitamin D and steroid hormones) depends on pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid also activates the adrenal glands. Pantethine—a byproduct of pantothenic acid—has been reported to lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.” (Source. Evitamins.com)
- Vitamin B6– Pyridoxine: This vitamins helps make and take apart many amino acids. And it’s also needed to create dopamine, hormones, serotonin, and melatonin.
- Vitamin B7– Biotin: This vitamin is a coenzyme that helps in energy production. And also assists in the metabolism of several fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. (Source. Fitday.com)
- Vitamin B12-Cobalamins: “…vitamin needed for normal nerve cell activity, DNA replication, and production of the mood-affecting substance SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine). Vitamin B12 acts with folic acid and vitamin B6 to control homocysteine levels. An excess ofhomocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease,stroke, and potentially other diseases such as osteoporosis andAlzheimer’s disease.” (Source. Evitamins.com)
- Folic Acid: This vitamin is needed for cell growth and reproduction.
It’s hard to find a single food source that contains all the essential vitamins in the B-Complex supplements listed above. Healthmeup.com has provided a composite list of the B-Complex vitamins and their food sources called, Vitamin B-Complex: Food Sources of B-Complex Vitamins.
To insure that you get all these vitamins, at the same time, check your local store for B-Complex vitamin supplements. Walmart.com sells the B-Complex supplements for $4.95 online.
What does a Vitamin B-Complex do for your hair?
What is Vitamin E
Information Courtesy of Livestrong.com
Information Courtesy of Healthaliciousness.com
Information Courtesy of Evitamins.com
Information Courtesy of Walmart.com
Information Courtesy of Fitday.com
Information Courtesy of Healthmeup.com
Information Courtesy of the Office of Dietary Supplements