Vital nutrients - A guide to the vitamins and minerals which have the most influence on your hair.
Your hair is a product of your body and your overall health has a huge influence its growth and appearance. Toppik explores the nutrients which are the most important in helping your body grow fabulous, healthy hair.
Sebum is the natural oil produced in each hair follicle, which is in turn responsible for protecting the shafts of your hair. Vitamin A is essential for the production of sebum and also for growth in general.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex relates to a combination of 8 members of the vitamin B family. These B-vitamins, biotin, in particular, can help add shine and volume to hair, their absence naturally can have the opposite effect.
Vitamin C is an important part of your diet. This vitamin is an effective anti-oxidant and blocker of damaging free radicals and helps your body absorb iron. Collagen, amongst other things, is a structural part of your hair and needs Vitamin C to be produced.
Many people experiencing hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata have been found to be lacking sufficient levels of Vitamin D. This vitamin is most easily obtained by direct exposure to sunlight and as such, winter months may see your stores of this essential vitamin depleted as there's less sunlight around and you block what little there is with warm winter clothing.
This vitamin performs a similar role to vitamin C in that it has antioxidant properties. One study has observed additional hair growth in subjects supplementing with Vitamin E.
Iron is a mineral essential for your health. The red blood cells are manufactured in your bone marrow and iron is essential for their production. These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen and other nutrients around your body. Too little iron in your diet and both the quantity and quality of your red blood cells can be reduced (iron deficiency anaemia). A healthy blood supply is essential for the growth of hair, so too little iron in your diet can result in less healthy hair.
A strand of hair is in essence, a strand of protein. Keratin protein to be specific; the same material found in Toppik hair building Fibers. Your body transforms the protein in your diet into the hair on your head, so it follows that you'll have to consume plenty of protein to ensure optimal growth.
A mineral which is especially important for the healthy function of your thyroid gland, selenium is also necessary for your hair and a deficiency may well result in slower growth.
Hair follicles need zinc to remain in good health. As with Vitamin D, a lack of zinc has been observed in sufferers of alopecia areata and also other related hair loss conditions.
While it's entirely possible to get most, if not all of the nutrients you need from a varied and balanced diet, you may consider supplements to ensure you get what you need, or are particularly at risk of deficiency due to a specific condition or dietary preference.
With this in mind, also consider that many of these nutrients can be harmful if consumed in excess, so always take medical advice if you're unsure.