According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. experience hair loss. Unfortunately, this hair loss can cause an individual to become self-conscious. Furthermore, since women consider their hair to be a source of femininity, hair loss can be especially difficult for them. Innovative hair restoration treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP Therapy) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures are helping men, and women across the nation address their thinning hair; however, vitamin supplementation may be able to prevent hair loss before, or maintain hair after it has been restored.
It is normal to lose up to 150 hairs a day; however, if you notice that you are losing more than this, you should try to determine the cause. One reason for hair loss is poor diet, which means that vitamin supplements can be helpful in preventing the onset of telogen effluvium (hair loss due to vitamin deficiency).
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is known for its ability to aid in the production of sebum, which moisturizes the scalp, keeping the hair healthy. It is also an antioxidant. That said, taking too much of this vitamin can be toxic and inhibits the growth of hair.
Dosage recommendation is 900 mcg daily for men and 700 mcg daily for women.
2. B3 (Niacin)
Cholesterol in the scalp hinders the growth of hair: B3 is beneficial because it is believed to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the scalp.
Recommended daily dose: men should take 16 mg a day and women (who are not pregnant) should take 14 mg a day.
3. B6 (Pyridoxine)
B6 aids in the creation of niacin, which is necessary for healthy blood circulation. Since the body is unable to synthesize B6 on its own, the only way to obtain this vitamin is through diet or supplementation.
The adult dosage recommendation is 1.3 mg daily.
4. B7 (Biotin)
The study Biotin and biotinidase deficiency indicates that a biotin deficiency can cause hair loss. This vitamin promotes hair growth, can prevent hair loss and even thicken hair strands.
Recommended daily dosage for adults is 30 mcg daily.
5. B12 (Cobalamin)
A deficiency of B12 in and of itself can cause hair loss. This vitamin helps the body use oxygen and plays a role in cell metabolism as well as in the production of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which carries the genetic instructions necessary for growth. In addition, B12 is needed to activate B6 and assists with the creation of niacin.
To allow for proper absorption of B12, Vitamin C supplements should be taken at least two hours after B12.
Recommended adult dosage is 2.4 mcg a day.
6. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Besides being a natural antioxidant, Vitamin C aids in collagen production and assists with preventing hair from aging.
Recommended daily dose for men is 90 mg and for women is 75 mg.
7. Vitamin E
This vitamin is an antioxidant and is essential for cell regeneration as well as scalp circulation, both of which are vital for hair growth.
The recommended dose for adults is 15 mg a day.
Although most of these vitamins do not stimulate new hair growth, there are a number of minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical treatments available to address the areas where hair has already been lost.
At Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, N.J., we use PRP Therapy, FUE and a variety of other procedures to help men, and women address thinning hair. Once the lost hair is restored, incorporating a well-balanced diet and using vitamin supplements can help keep newly restored hair healthy. Contact our office today at 844-261-7020 to learn more about our hair restoration procedures or to schedule your initial consultation.