Hair Care: What Vitamins are Good For My Hair and Why

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Biotin:

It is a Vitamin B complex — also known as vitamin H and vitamin B7.

It promotes production of keratin, the basic protein component of hair. Keratin makes hair strong and healthy, increases hair elasticity and therefore prevents breakage. This vitamin is vital for production of fatty acids in scalp cells that in turn promote hair growth and volume.

Biotin is naturally produced in our intestines. Its deficiency causes hair loss (sometimes from eyebrows and eyelashes).

Foods like eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, brown rice, oats, raspberries are rich in biotin.

Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is also referred to as retinol.

It is an antioxidant that maintains and enhances eye and hair health. It protects hair from environmental damage and promotes the production of sebum (natural oil secreted by scalp).  It also fights against hygral fatigue (weakening of hair due to excessive drying or water absorption).

Vitamin A minimizes free radicals (molecules harmful for hair and skin) and increases shine and volume of hair.

Sweet potatoes, eggs, milk, spinach, carrots and mangoes are loaded with vitamin A.

Vitamin C:

It’s a rich antioxidant that protects against free radicals. It promotes the production of collagen, which makes up about one third of the body, including hair, skin and ligaments.

Its moisturizing properties prevent dry hair and split ends.

Foods rich in vitamin C are lemon, guava, strawberries, mandarins,  kiwis, broccoli, papaya, tomato, bell peppers.

Vitamin E:

This vitamin prevents dry hair and breakage because it enhances the moisture retention capability of hair.

The antibacterial properties of vitamin E fight against scalp infections and dandruff. It stimulates blood circulation by increasing oxygen intake, which in turn rejuvenates hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

Beans, soybean, green vegetables, wheat germ oil, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds are abundant in vitamin E.

Folic Acid:

Also known as Vitamin B9, folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin.

Folic acid promotes tissue and cell growth. It sloughs off dead skin cells and motivates growth of new ones. It is vital for proper functioning of other vitamins like Vitamin C and B7. It also prevents premature graying of hair and increases shine and volume.

Foods with high folic acid content include dried beans, spinach, turnips, eggs, yeast, orange, grapefruit, banana, pineapple, strawberries.

DID YOU KNOW THIS FACTS ABOUT VITAMIN C?

The single most searched nutrient online is Vitamin C. This vitamin is very delicate and is easily destroyed by broiling, grilling, or frying because it decomposes at 70 degree celsius. However, boiling fruits and vegetables does not ruin their vitamin C content.

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