Basically, your hair can grow 12-14 cm each year. However, there are some ways that you can use to enhance the growth of your hair. Among those methods, stimulating hair growth with vitamins is highly recommended.
Healthcare professionals claim that a healthy diet that involves 13 types of vitamins is able to stimulate hair growth. They are vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins (including 8 B vitamins: vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7, vitamin B9, and vitamin B12.
In this post, we are going to focus more on vitamin C, vitamin D, and some B-complex vitamins.
Ascorbic acid is another way to call vitamin C
According to scientists, oxidative stress is one of the major factors contributing to hair graying and hair loss. Meanwhile, vitamin C works as an antioxidant as it plays an important role in fighting oxidative stress to prevent the aging process.
Oranges, kiwi, red peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, and grapefruit are some foods that are rich in vitamin C.
A 2012 study published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine states that vitamin D has the ability to create new hair follicles.
Recently, Harvard researchers have found that revive dead hair follicles.
As recommended, an adult needs 600 IU (15 micrograms) of vitamin D per day. You can supplement your body with vitamin D by eating salmon, mackerel, mushrooms, cereal, egg yolk, etc. Exposure to morning sunlight is also a good way to absorb vitamin D.
B-complex vitamins can be found in eggs, beef, chickens, nuts, potatoes, avocado, legumes, carrots, and so on.
- Thanks to riboflavin (vitamin B2), nutrients are transported to all the cells in our body, including hair follicles. When the body absorbs riboflavin, the hair follicles start to receive nutrients to support the growth of hair.
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) benefits the body mainly on hair and nails. Pantothenic acid is capable of supporting the adrenal gland to encourage hair to grow faster and thicker. Pantothenic acid is today available in most cosmetic products in the market because of its importance for the hair growth cycle.
- The role of pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is to regulate hormones. A hormonal imbalance can cause hair loss, especially in women with low estrogen levels.
On the other hand, the lack of pyridoxine may be the reason for depression which affects negatively the growth of hair. As a result, you will suffer from hair loss or slow-growing hair if you have a diet deficient in pyridoxine.
- Biotin (vitamin B7) is necessary for cell growth. Biotin is considered as an essential hair vitamin due to its ability to support hair growth. The shortage of biotin can cause hair loss and even eyebrow loss and eyelash loss.
In brief, vitamins and hair growth are definitely connected. Nevertheless, you should only supplement your body with a reasonable amount of vitamins to avoid side effects.