The majority of us are familiar with basic dietary supplements but lets face it, the rows of hundreds of multi-colored pill bottles can be a bit overwhelming! It can be even more intimidating when it comes to making decisions about supplements for your hair. There are literally thousands of products out there claiming to make your hair thicker, encourage it to grow faster and even slow down the graying process. We’re not even going to touch on the more outrageous claims today, but instead focus on supplements you can look to to encourage a healthier head of hair. We’ve blogged before about dietary needs for healthy hair, and these supplements go along those lines as our diet has a huge influence on our hair’s overall health and vibrance.
An iron deficiency in your body can cause dry, dull and brittle hair and this type of deficiency is fairly common amongst women. If you think you might have an iron deficiency, talk to you doctor. They can perform a simple blood test to determine if you need to add or supplement iron into your diet. Do not try and diagnose yourself with this deficiency as too much iron in your body can be just as bad if not worse than too little iron.
MSM (Methysulfonylmethane) is a sulfur that naturally occurs in food, but is often compromised by cooking and processing. MSM can actually lengthen the growth phase of your hair so those looking to grow their hair longer as healthily and efficiently as possible should look for a supplement that contains MSM.
B vitamins are essential for a healthy head of hair. B-12 can aid in both hair loss and hair growth. When shopping for a supplement, make sure all B vitamins are included in the ingredient breakdown or simply take a B-complex vitamin.
While Biotin is considered part of the B-complex, we wanted to address it individually because it can be vital in preventing hair loss, maintaining a healthy scalp and is even thought to have an effect on premature graying. Supplementing Biotin can have a positive effect on not just your hair, but your skin and nails too.
We’ll close by reiterating that it is most beneficial to add these essentials into your everyday diet. If that isn’t enough, then supplements could very well be the answer to your healthy hair woes. Just remember that consulting with your doctor or a nutritionist will help you more accurately determine your body and hair’s nutritional needs.
Do you take supplements for your hair? If so, which ones?