Vitamins Help Hair Loss: True or False?
Numerous studies show that vitamin deficiency & hair loss do go hand in hand.
While there are causes of female hair loss that have nothing to do with nutrition, you can’t really get away from that old saying, “you are what you eat”.
We may not be chomping down on vitamins at mealtime, so it sounds a little weird to think of them as food, but they are. They provide nutrition to our cells and tissues, and facilitate waste removal.
Our skin and scalp cells require a host of vitamins to bring nourishment to hair follicles and carry away waste products, to keep them growing and healthy.
The presence of vitamins in our diet plays a direct role in how our hair looks – strong, vibrant, voluminous, or weak, brittle, dry, and flat. Which would you choose?
What do Vitamins do?
Overall, vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help individual cells and organs do what they’re supposed to do.
- Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body’s fatty tissue. There are four fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K. These are absorbed more easily by the body in the presence of dietary fat.
- There are nine water soluble vitamins. The body must use water soluble vitamins right away. Any leftover water soluble vitamins leave the body through the urine. Vitamin B12 is the only water soluble vitamin that can be stored in the liver for many years.
Which Vitamins Help Hair Loss?
The best vitamins and minerals for hair loss are:
The best and most studied herbal ingredients to support hair loss include:
- Saw Palmetto
- Licorice Root
- Aloe Vera
So, when we evaluate which vitamins help hair loss, we look for those that contain these key ingredients.
Generally speaking, the vitamins nourish and support the cells for their metabolic needs, while the herbal ingredients play a role in blocking DHT (the hormone responsible for hair loss in most of us) and improving and minimizing inflammation in the body.
Vitamins for Hair Loss in Women
Women who are losing hair or experiencing thinning hair benefit by using supplements that contain herbal ingredients that combat stress, DHT, and supplement our natural stores of collagen.
But you want examples, right? So…without further ado…the list!
Top 5 Best Vitamins for Hair Loss
Nutrafol is my favorite hair loss supplement available today. It is a bit pricey, but my own hair loss has been so distressing that I’m willing to cut back on my daily $5 coffees to make it a regular part of my supplement routine.
Nutrafol brings something unique to the table – patented herbal ingredients that block DHT, combat stress, and bolster our skin and hair with marine collagen.
Nutrafol was developed and designed by a male model who had been prescribed Propecia for his hair loss, but was unhappy with the sexual side effects.
Nutrafol is the result of a decade of research and there is a variation for men, and another, different formulation for women, which I feel reflects the reality of our different needs.
Viviscal is an established and popular supplement for hair loss for women. Unlike most of these products, it’s quite affordable.
What makes Viviscal special is its own patented marine collagen compound, AminoMar™. It also features Biotin (essential for skin and hair support), Zinc, Vitamin C, Horsetail Extract and Iron.
Viviscal is promoted to help with both hair regrowth and to strengthen existing hair, which is a concern for many women who observe that their hair is brittle, dry, breaks easily, or just looks thin and not full and vibrant.
Propidren is a supplement that contains many herbal ingredients that block our arch enemy DHT. It also contains iron, zinc, and biotin.
The herbal ingredients that pull Propidren’s punch are Fo-ti, Saw Palmetto, Horsetail extract, and even green tea extract. It has overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon.com, with nearly 300 total reviews and an average 4.5/5 star rating.
It’s also in the middle range of affordability for a monthly supply.
Hairfluence by Zhou Nutrition is one of the most affordable quality hair loss supplements available. It features a large dose of biotin, keratin, folate, thiamine, and a number of other vitamins.
Hairfluence is a straight-up vitamin and mineral-based approach to strengthening hair from the inside.
What stands out is its popularity. Hairfluence has more reviews online than any other product I’ve described here, with well over 3200 reviews at the time of this post, and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars on Amazon.com.
People who use it say it takes about a month to notice a difference but that it helps considerably, making hair stronger, longer, and fuller.
5) Ultrax Hair Rush
Ultrax Rush contains solubolized keratin, 23 essential vitamins for hair health, and herbal DHT blockers. It has been formulated to meet the needs of both men and women.
The addition of solubolized keratin is what makes Ultrax Hair Rush distinctive. Solubolized keratin a form of keratin that is highly bioavailable and provides hair with much-needed protein building blocks.
None of the other supplements I’ve recommended, even those containing keratin, contain this form of keratin.
Ultrax Hair Rush reviews online are overwhelmingly favorable, with over 3,000 reviews on Amazon.com at this time, and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars.
For those of you OCD enough to want all your products to “match”, pick up a bottle and use it with your Ultrax Hair Surge and your Ultrax Plush!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tidy little run-down of the hair loss supplements that I’ve come to know all about and recommend.
The internet is a maze of information and if this has steered you in the right direction, I’ve done my job for the day.
Any thoughts or feedback? Your questions, ideas, and ramblings are always welcome…leave a comment below!
Yours in all things hair,