Sorry for the late post this week folks, got tied up with an anatomy exam and being sick so this wasn’t published on Monday.
Anyways, there’s a lot of hype surrounding vitamin supplements for hair growth. You’ve probably seen ads for biotin and other supplements geared towards faster, thicker hair growth. So are any of these claims true?
* Disclaimer: Please consult a physician before starting a vitamin regiment. Vitamins often contain WAY more of a substance than your body needs in a day, so be careful. Too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing; it could be harmful.
First things first, vitamin deficiencies can lead to hair loss and slowed/halted hair growth. So, to keep your locks growing the way they should be, keep yourself well-nourished! Here are a couple vitamins/minerals that are commonly found in your local Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, etc., and what they can possibly do for you:
Biotin: I’ve seen/read a lot of testimonies about the effects of biotin, and they’re almost entirely positive. As of now, there aren’t any studies proving the supposed hair growth benefits of biotin by itself (there are a couple studies showing increased hair growth with supplements containing biotin). However, this doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future. Studies can take a long time to conduct and publish.
Iron: If you are a man and live in an industrialized country, chances are you aren’t iron-deficient. However, there is a gender gap in iron levels between men and women. For my female readers, make sure you consume enough iron in your diet. Anemia (low iron is a cause) can lead to hair loss.
Omega-3: Besides being good for your cardiovascular health, these fatty acids found in fish oil can be good for your hair too! According to a study from 2015, supplementation with a capsule containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids coupled with antioxidants led to decreased hair loss, increased hair diameter, and increased hair density in women.
Zinc: According to Kil et al. (2013), people suffering from hair loss tend to have significantly lower zinc levels in their blood than normal. That being said, zinc has shown in multiple studies to be a treatment in those with low zinc.
In sum, make sure you’re getting your proper nutrients, and make sure you don’t consume too much of any one thing. Also, unless you’re malnourished or suffer from a chronic condition, these vitamins won’t do a whole lot for you. You’re basically going to be paying for expensive urine.
As always, thanks for reading!