Almost half of all Britons now pop a vitamin pill or use other food supplement tablets every day, according to new research from Mintel. But why is this potentially great news for anyone hoping to stave off hair loss?
The answer is that hair generally has a better chance of thriving on a healthy body that is well stocked up with recommended vitamins and minerals. There are a number of nutritional deficiencies which can also cause thinning hair, or worsen existing hair loss conditions. This is why ensuring your hair’s needs are met from the inside is an important part of maintaining hair health.
Supplement users on the rise
The Mintel report reveals how the number of supplement users is on the rise, with 65 per cent of all adults using them at least some of the time. Sales of vitamin and mineral supplements are growing at a rate of around two per cent a year, with the market currently worth more than £400m.
Jack Duckett, Senior Consumer Lifestyles Analyst at Mintel, said: “Vitamins and mineral sales continue to be propelled by consumers’ emphasis on health and wellbeing, leading people to take a more proactive approach towards their health.”
This can only be good news for hair health, too, as studies have repeatedly found how closely interlinked hair loss conditions and a person’s general health can be.
Whilst, ideally, you should be able to derive all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy hair from following a balanced diet, sometimes this simply isn’t possible. In these instances it can be wise to take a food supplement to keep all bases covered.
It is for precisely this reason that Belgravia developed Hair Vitalics, a propriety blend of vitamins, minerals and other hair-friendly ingredients that can act as a natural hair growth booster for people who may be missing some of these things in their diets.
Dietary issues and hair loss
The main cause of excessive shedding due to nutritional issues is a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium. This is seen as a generalised, all-over thinning and occurs when something has happened to “shock” the body into surrendering some of its hair (specifically, certain hair follicles have prematurely entered the resting phase of the hair growth cycle). Triggers include severe emotional stress, crash diets and poor/unbalanced diets. There is even evidence that smoking and not drinking enough water can leave the hair malnourished.
Similarly, the genetic hair loss conditions Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss (known collectively as androgenetic alopecia) can be exacerbated by the kind of things that might be categorised under the heading of “an unhealthy lifestyle”.
It is important to note that unless the shedding is direct result of nutritional imbalances then hair loss cannot be treated by hair health supplements alone. A bespoke hair loss treatment course featuring MHRA and FDA approved components is the most effective way of treating androgenetic alopecia for both men and women. However, whilst clinically-proven medications can address these hair loss conditions, Hair Vitalics can address the condition of your hair. These can be taken as part of a comprehensive treatment course to ensure the scalp is properly nourished and that hair has the best possible chance of vital regrowth.
Hair Vitalics are included free of charge with certain Belgravia hair loss treatment courses. However, these supplements can also be taken by people who are not clients but want to maintain strong hair health, regardless of whether they are experiencing any form of hair loss or not.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.