The Best Vitamins for Hair Growth
Having long, thick hair has been a beauty standard for centuries, with many people viewing healthy-looking hair as a sign of health or beauty. Our hair represents who we are as a way to express ourselves, but it’s not always an easy task to master the complicated needs our body demands for our hair to look its best.
Does dull, dry and damaged hair sound familiar to you? How about a sweet tooth or a regular craving for comfort food? Years of poor lifestyle and unhealthy eating can’t be wiped away overnight, but today is a new day, and a chance to incorporate a few new healthy habits to help you become the best version of yourself! There’s no greater time like the present to reach your full potential.
Is Your Hair Craving Nutrients?
Many issues that our bodies faces are linked to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and this is also the case when it comes to hair health. Diet is a priority when it comes to maintaining healthy hair, hair growth and even the condition of your scalp itself. The food you choose to consume moulds your outer appearance and what you put into your body has a direct effect on how your body looks, feels and your overall wellbeing. Many factors contribute to your hairs condition, length and quality, but a balanced and nutritional diet is key. This is the part you can control yourself and making these small but impactful changes can help you to not just improve the condition of your hair, but your overall wellbeing – who wouldn’t want that!
5 Vitamins & Nutrients to Benefit Your Hair
Your hair, just like any other part of your body, works at its best when it is provided with a nutrient rich diet. When tailoring specifically to the nutrients your hair needs, it is vital to consume adequate amounts of protein, iron, calcium, Vitamin C, omega-3, zinc, selenium, and most importantly the B Vitamin complex, which supports the growth of normal, healthy hair.
B-Vitamins & Biotin for Hair
The B vitamin family is your hair’s best friend, with each member contributing an individual, essential role in the formation of healthy hair. Starting with the most crucial member, we have B12. Along-side iron and multiple other B vitamins, B12 plays a key role in the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells which carry oxygen to the scalp to support the growth of new hair follicles and the repair of the existing ones. This essential vitamin works along-side B7 (biotin) and B6, necessary for the correct metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates by initiating enzymes and chemical reactions that trigger the metabolism of your hair’s proteins, keratin and melanin. Biotin stimulates keratin production in hair and can also help increase follicle growth rate. There are more and more products produced for topical application, including biotin, but for it to be properly effective, it needs to be consumed. Find out more about how Biotin can help with hair regrowth.
Calcium is needed for biotins secretion in the body, sharing the workload by working as an enabler. Lastly, but by no means least, we have B9. Say goodbye to hair dye! This vitamin is essential for ladies in their 20s and 30s due to its ability to reduce the rate of premature greying.
A deficiency of any of the B vitamin complex can keep the rest of the B group from performing their essential functions, which can result in deficiency in the form of brittle, weak and thin hair leading to the growth of new hair follicles being stunted. When following a vegetarian or vegan diet it is important to take B Vitamin supplements as all major sources of Vitamin B (especially B12) are found in animal products. Fortunately, supplements can help to replenish your hair and boost your immunity from the inside out. Our Biotin Hair Care Plans are packed with high doses of Biotin for hair regrowth and other essential B vitamins to help improve the condition of your hair.
B Vitamins are not the only friend your hair needs. Let’s say a warm welcome to 4 equally essential nutrients, starting with essential fatty acids. Without your trusty Omega-3, you may find your hair appearing lifeless, dull and losing its natural shine! Packed with Omega-3, we recommend incorporating salmon into your diet a couple of times a week where you can, for optimal results.
Another shining star in the world of hair health, is Zinc. Zinc keeps our hair oil glands working whilst aiding the process of cell reproduction, hormone regulation, and nutrient absorption.
Moving onto our beloved Vitamin C! This nutrient works to absorb iron, which is vital for strong, healthy hair. Vitamin C is also used for the formation of collagen. This structural fibre is vital for not only your hair growth but also glowing skin! Which is why we’ve specifically formulated our SkinQuencher collagen supplements for skin to include both Vitamin C & collagen to reap even more benefits!
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Finally, do not forget to eat enough protein. After all, that is what your hair is made of! This multifunctional macro-nutrient is crucial for making your hair strong and healthy. A lack of protein may cause your hair to become dry, brittle, and weak, whilst taking durably longer to grow. An extreme level of deficiency, often in people following a strict vegan diet, may result in slower hair growth and even hair loss.
Our Tips for Healthy Hair Growth
Use our handy guide below to help feed your hair with the nutrition it needs to grow and shine.
- B12- Meat, fish, milk, cheese, egg, liver, kidney, yoghurt and fortified cereal.
- B7 (Biotin)- Salmon, eggs, avocado, nuts (walnuts, pecans and almonds), tomatoes, carrots, sweet potato and onion.
- B6- Meat, liver, tuna, salmon, chickpeas, leafy greens, bananas, oranges and fortified cereals.
- B9- Liver, eggs, seafood (salmon), leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, lentils, sunflower seeds, peanuts, citrus fruits, whole grains and fortified cereals.
- Omega-3- Seafood (salmon), nuts and seeds, plant oils and soybeans.
- Protein- Meat, seafood, eggs, dairy, lentils, beans, nuts, oats and tofu.
- Zinc- Meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy, nuts, wholegrains.
- Iron- Liver, red meat, beans, nuts, dried fruit, soybean flour and fortified cereals.
- Calcium- Milk, yoghurt, cheese, canned salmon or sardines, leafy greens along-side anything made with fortified flour.
Our Favourite Hair Loving Recipes
You may be left wondering; how do I incorporate all these essential Vitamins into my diet? Don’t panic, it really is not as complicated as it sounds, and as long as you are following a healthy and balanced diet and our recommended supplements, your hair will be happy and healthy.
Discover a range of healthy recipes that your hair will thank you for at NutriHome. But here’s a few favourites to start you on your journey:
Supplements for Healthy Hair
Are you finding yourself dreaming about healthy luscious locks but battling the stress of researching all the different types of supplements? Don’t fret, Simone Thomas Wellness has you covered with our backed by science and multi award-winning hair care plans to give you the specific vitamins for healthy hair in one easy bundle.
Following a healthy, balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals cannot be forgotten and it is incredibly important to allow your body to perform optimally. However, incorporating a high level of nutrients for healthy hair each day is not necessarily easy to do through diet alone. Supplements are ideal to work alongside a healthy diet to help give you the boost you need to for healthy hair. With 2 carefully formulated hair supplement plans available, there is a plan for everyone. Our Biotin Hair Care Plan is packed full of the essential B vitamins including the infamous biotin for healthy hair, damage repair and growth. Whereas our Ginkgo Biloba B+ Hair Supplement plan is specifically formulated with high doses of ginkgo for hair loss as well as other vitamins, minerals to give your hair all the nutrients It needs to encourage hair regrowth.