Numerous studies have shown that a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, good fats and complex carbohydrates can be key in preventing illnesses such as cancer, as well as obesity and heart disease.
But can vitamins help keep hair healthy and potentially prevent hair loss? And if so, which ones should we be including in our diet? There are actually a number of vitamins which can potentially speed up hair growth.
Below is a list of vitamins that can help your hair. Just remember: be careful not to exceed your recommended daily allowances, something easy to do when taking different supplements given you will also receive extra boosts through your food.
Vitamin A: this antioxidant helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Find it in fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and certain fruits.
Vitamin C: another antioxidant, this one is great for maintaining hair. It’s present in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi and some melons, and tomatoes and dark green vegetables.
Vitamin E: this vitamin enhances scalp circulation by increasing the level of oxygen in the blood. It crops up in vegetable oils, raw seeds and nuts, soya beans and leafy green vegetables.
Vitamin B6: helps create melanin that gives hair its colour. You can find it in brewer’s yeast, egg yolk, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables and some meats.
Vitamin B3 (also called Niacin): like Vitamin E, this one also helps blood circulation on the scalp. It turns up in wheat germ,dates, fish and most meats.
Vitamin B12: required to allow cells to properly replicate. The vitamin is found in most animal products, such as fish, shellfish, meat, eggs and milk.
Vitamin BH (also called Biotin): producer of keratin and necessary for cell growth, this vitamin may prevent greying and hair loss. It appears in whole grain, egg yolk, liver, rice and milk.
Of course, it can prove a real challenge to include all the above vitamins in your daily diet, and this is when food supplements can come in useful.
The Belgravia Pharmacy stocks its own daily dietary supplement called Hair Vitalics, which are also available for non-clients to buy either from Belgravia’s Central London and City of London hair loss clinics, or online from the dedicated hairvitalics.com website.
Hair Vitalics hair growth supplements were formulated following extensive research which identified the key nutrients required to keep hair at its optimum condition. As a result, it contains many of the above vitamins as well as additional minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts.
In addition to packing a mighty nutritional support punch, each of the formulations – For Men and For Women – in order to make them as highly-targeted as possible. These include premium ingredients known to decrease the amount of DHT in the blood stream – the hormone known to cause thinning hair in cases of male and female pattern baldness. They are suitable for vegetarians and free from gluten, dairy, lactose, sugar, salt and yeast.
Although food supplements will not treat hair loss, and are not intended to replace a balanced diet, they can help to improve the condition of your hair.
When used as part of a comprehensive hair loss treatment plan alongside the prescription medicines finasteride 1mg (men only) and minoxidil, we have found that Hair Vitalics can strengthen and improve hair, helping to boost results. Although it is worth mentioning that you don’t have to have a hair loss condition to take them!
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.