The human body requires many vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy.
Specifically, our hair growth (and hair loss) is influenced by various vitamins. All of these vitamins can be included in a healthy diet, but when this is not an option, supplements are another effective way to maintain healthy levels of these vitamins .
- Vitamin A – Both too much and too little from this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Vitamin A is found in many vegetables, including sweet potato, broccoli, carrot, pumpkin, squash, green beans and pea. It is also found in sea food, eggs, beef liver and butter.
- Vitamin B – Vitamin B is a group of vitamins that are important for hair growth.
- Inositol – Inositol, aside from helping hair growth, is also a natural treatment for skin eczema, mood swings and depression. It is found in a variety of vegetables and fruit: oranges, peanuts, peas, grapefruit, lentils, alfalfa, strawberries and cauliflower.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – This vitamin helps blood circulation, so it can help hair follicles get more oxygen. Foods rich in Niacin include: peanuts, kidney, liver and heart, pork chops, chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, peas and asparagus.
- Vitamin B7, H (Biotin) – Strengthens hair and nails and is one of the most effective hair loss preventing vitamins. Biotin deficiency is relatively rare, but you can make sure your body is getting enough Biotin by eating any of the following foods: peanuts, banana, carrots, avocado, salmon, cashews and eggs.
- Vitamin B6 – This vitamin helps the body produce energy, help tissue repair and maintains healthy skin and hair. Foods with high levels of vitamin B6 include brown rice, cereal, avocado, walnut, potato, spinach, eggs, chicken, turkey, sea food and salmon.
- Vitamin B12 – This vitamin is required for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the scalp (among other body parts). Foods that can help raise your vitamin B12 levels are: Eggs, cheese, see food, lamb loin, sardines and venison.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, which is a mineral that is very important for the hair growth process. Foods rich in vitamin C include: Kiwis, oranges, strawberries, guavas, bell peppers and lemon.
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E boosts the immune system and improves blood circulation, both beneficial for hair growth. Vitamin E is found in avocados, tomatoes, spinach, as well as olive, corn and sunflower oil.