While hair loss can be attributed to some medical conditions such as alopecia, it’s also a natural part of growing older. But there are small things you can do every day that may help. Here’s the lowdown on the top 5 vitamins that can help keep your hair healthy, strong, and help to lower the risk of potential loss.
- Brown rice
- Green peas
- Brewer’s yeast
Recommended daily doses should not exceed 100 mcg in adolescents or adults.
- Cod liver oil
- Krill oil
While Vitamin A is essential to healthy hair, you must exercise caution, as too much Vitamin A can lead to toxicity and can actually result in the opposite effect – hair loss. The maximum daily amount you should consume, either through supplementation, through your diet, or both combined is 25,000 IU.
- Leafy greens
- Wheatgerm oil
The recommended dosage of Vitamin E is at least 400 IUs a day. However, caution must be exercised when supplementing with Vitamin E as too much has been known to cause bleeding due to blood thinning. Because of its blood thinning properties, it’s also important to remember to discontinue the use of Vitamin E prior to any type of surgery.
Pantothenic acid can be found in many Vitamin B complex vitamins, but can also be found in various foods, such as whole grains and eggs.