Look at most celebrities and you will comment on their hair. It will be shiny, full of life and be pretty. Everyone can get similar hair if they take care of the hairs on their bodies. Like other parts of the body, you need the right vitamins and nutrients to make your hair healthy. Here are five vitamins that will help you have the best hair.
- Vitamin A is necessary for all cells to grow. This is true for hair cells as well. Vitamin A makes skin glands secrete an oily substance known as sebum, which provides hydration for your scalp. This hydration is what can keep your hair healthy. However, you don’t want to have too much vitamin A because it could backfire and lead to hair loss. Diets without vitamin A also lead to hair loss. To get vitamin A, eat sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach or kale. Vitamin A is also found in milk, eggs, and yogurt.
- B Vitamins are great to prevent hair loss. One of the B vitamins is biotin. People who don’t get enough biotin have been known to have hair loss. It also is used in products that are designed to stem hair loss from happening. Biotin is found in a number of foods. Other B vitamins help create red blood cells. Hair cells need oxygen that comes from red blood cells. The red blood cells also carry nutrients to scalp and hair follicles. You can get B-vitamins from whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and leafy greens. Animal foods are the only good source of B vitamins.
- Vitamin C will keep your hair from aging. The vitamin is part of the group of antioxidants that kill free radicals that will cause aging in hair cells. You need vitamin C to make collagen, which is an important part of the hair structure. Get your vitamin C from strawberries, peppers, guavas and citrus fruits.
- Vitamin D is needed to prevent hair loss. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to alopecia, which is the fancy term for hair loss. Research has also found that vitamin D helps to create new hair follicles. However, the actual role of vitamin D in hair growth is unknown. It is theorized that vitamin D is vital for hair production. Most people don’t get enough vitamin D. Spending 15 minutes in the sun every day will give you enough vitamin D for the day. You can also get vitamin D from your diet of fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms, and fortified foods.
- Vitamin E is another antioxidant whose job it is to kill free radicals. In one study, people with hair loss experienced a 35 percent increase in hair growth after adding vitamin E to their diet for eight months. The Placebo group reports a 0.1 percent increase. To get vitamin E, you want to eat sunflower seeds, spinach, avocados, and almonds.
Laura Edward a graduate from San Diego State University, and currently a content contributor at Nano Hearing Aids and Apricot Power. In her spare time, she read books and writes a new blog post.