These Nutritional Deficiencies Hurt Your Natural Hair Growth

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If you notice excessive hair loss all over the scalp, it may be a sign of a nutrient deficiency.

Hair is a fast-growing tissue that grows one centimeter per month inside pockets called hair follicles. At the base of the follicle is the hair bulb, where cells divide and push their way up to form a single strand of hair. Under the hair bulb lies the dermal papilla, which is responsible for taking nourishment from the body’s blood to keep hair growing and healthy. Other things such as waste, hormones, and drugs are also carried to and from the dermal papilla, which can affect hair growth when there is a big or slight change in the body. This type of hair loss is called diffuse hair loss. It takes place when there is an imbalance within the body. This change in the body can be temporary and the body either corrects it or needs help correcting it.


The Best Dietary Supplement for Thicker Natural Hair

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I field hella emails about hair vitamins:  

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I've addressed the subject of supplements before, and I'm pretty sure everyone knows what I'm gonna say next--

There are no quick fixes, magic potions or lotions, just patience, consistency and a healthy lifestyle.  

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7 Vitamins to Promote Healthy Hair Growth


Vitamins play an integral part in the health of our bodies, including our hair. Vitamins are organic compounds that our bodies need in small quantities to grow and develop naturally. They are nutrients we must get from our food, because our bodies cannot make enough of them or at all. Despite the fact we hear about them so much, our bodies need just small amounts of them. Harvard School of Public Health states there are 13 compounds classified as vitamins and vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble and tend to accumulate in the body. Vitamin C and eight B vitamins (biotin, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamins B6 and B12 dissolve in water so excess amounts are excreted).
2 types of vitamins
According to Medical News Today, vitamins are fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, which determine how they respond to your body. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the fat tissues of our bodies and are easier to store than water-soluble. They can stay in the body for days or months. Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body long, as they need to be replaced more often than fat-soluble ones.

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How Fish Oil Promotes Hair Growth

First off, what is fish oil? This is not a silly question! says, “Fish oil capsules contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oils from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet.” Fish oil comes from the tissues of fatty fish like herring, mackerel, swordfish, salmon, anchovies, and trout.

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Hair Vitamins 101- Natural Hair Info

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

Most doctors know that a person’s hair, as well as their skin and nails, are a very good indicator of their nutritional state. Healthy hair is a direct reflection of proper nutrition- while deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals will result in stunted hair growth or even hair loss. And the most common vitamin deficiencies that lead to hair loss are deficiencies in B vitamins, especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid, as well as deficiencies in the minerals magnesium, sulfur and zinc.

These types of deficiencies are not uncommon because many of us live very busy lives where it’s often hard to eat a balanced diet that is inclusive of all the important vitamins and minerals. That’s why it’s important to take multivitamins and/or supplements.

Many women take supplements for the sole purpose of growing healthy hair, and that’s fine. But you shouldn’t overdo it. When it comes to vitamins and supplements, “more” is not always “better.” And sometimes when you exceed the recommended daily dosage for a vitamin/supplement, the result can be harmful. For example, taking large doses of vitamin A for an extended period of time can actually trigger hair loss!

So when it comes to hair health and vitamins, always take vitamins and supplements as directed. Here’s a list of vitamins and minerals for healthy hair, as well as the daily recommended allowance. Use this list as a reference guide:

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) - Do not exceed 35mg per day.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) - Do not exceed manufacturer's dosage.
  • Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) - Do not exceed 100mg per day.
  • Dosage: Do not exceed manufacturer's dosage.
  • Dosage: Do not exceed 3,500mg per day.
Vitamin C
  • Dosage: Do not exceed 2,000mg per day.
Vitamin E
  • Dosage: Do not exceed 1,000mg per day.
  • Dosage: Do not exceed 40mg per day.

Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, writer and media personality who discusses hair, love, and life. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

"The medical information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions. Dr. Phoenyx Austin and expressly disclaim responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this article."

What vitamins are you taking?

Do You Have Enough Vitamin D?

Evelyn on NaturallyCurly writes:

Vitamin D facilitates skeletal growth and strength, working with calcium and phosphorus to be absorbed better. It also strengthens your immune system by increasing the activity of “natural killer cells.”

You can get this vitamin by eating fatty fish (catfish, salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna) eggs, and meat. In more developed countries, staple foods such as milk, flour, and margarine are artificially fortified with vitamin D. Mushrooms are the only vegan/vegetarian food source of vitamin D.

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