Last Updated: February 19, 2017
Biotin is probably one of the most popular vitamins for hair loss sufferers. Every major beauty brand carries some type of shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner with biotin as the main ingredient. Why is biotin beneficial for hair loss? Biotin is actually defined as vitamin H and the “H” is thought to stand for “hair.” Biotin exits in many foods we consume and by nature is a form of protein. Studies have shown that a deficiency in biotin can lead to hair loss. There also has been clinical trials of lab rats that were stripped of regular biotin levels and the rats developed of form of hair loss and other skin-related conditions. Overall, biotin is needed by the body for proper cell growth, fatty acid production, and the metabolism of fats plus amino acids. In addition, biotin serves as a catalyst for transferring CO2 and maintains a healthy blood sugar level. Taking biotin as a supplement is a great part of your regimen because it helps strengthen hair, skin, and nails.
MSM or Methylsulfonymethane is a form of sulfur that is found in plants and other foods. Many people will find that most hair loss vitamins are plant-based because plants contain the highest concentration of these natural elements opposed to the common foods we consume. There are no true medical uses by the government for MSM but several scientists have conducted small studies on its health benefits. MSM (combined with glucosamine) has been suggested to help with people facing joint problems. The human body needs natural sources of sulfur and a deficiency may lead to osteoarthritis and other joint-related problems. Surprisingly, MSM has also been suggested to boost hair and nail growth in humans. There are several hair care websites with case studies of people supplementing with MSM to grow hair longer and faster. The theory behind MSM is the natural sulfur may increase the growth phase of the hair follicle cycle.
A deficiency in Zinc is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies among humans. Zinc deficiency can be caused from improper nutrition, diseases such as liver, renal, and sickle cell disease. Clinical studies have shown that having low zinc levels can cause hair loss as well. Zinc is suggested to provide antioxidant properties that helps protect major organs such as our skin and also serves as a catalyst for healing injuries. In addition, many cosmetic companies have skin products that contain zinc because it is believed to have anti-aging properties. Since zinc is tied to the body’s immune system, being deficient in this mineral can lead several immunity disorders. Thinning hair is generally a body’s reaction to an auto-immune, vitamin deficiency, and a sensitivity to DHT which is found in men. Therefore, taking zinc as a dietary supplement may be able to assist the body with overall health of the scalp and hair.
Omega-3 has been long known to have several medicinal uses for humans. Omega-3’s are fatty acids that are found in the human body. The three main types of Omega-3’s are ALA, EPA, and DHA. Most people will find the highest amounts of Omega-3 in fish and nuts. These fatty acids are excellent for metabolism but also have several other health benefits. With hair loss suffers, one of the causes of thinning hair is inflammation. Studies have shown that taking Omega-3 as a dietary supplement can provide anti-inflammatory effects in the body. This supplement also supports the heart, brain, joints, immune system, promotes weight loss, and can give the hair a shinier appearance.
When most people think of silica, the little packets of beads that keeps items such as food and vitamins fresh may come to mind. However, the silica we are talking about comes from a plant that is contained in just about every hair, skin, and nails formula on the market. The plant is called horsetail and has been suggested to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, horsetail contains silica which is a natural element that helps with the production of elastin and collagen which is imperative in the support of growing healthy hair. Another great benefit of taking silica (from horsetail extract) is the nails, joints, bones, and skin also benefit from the medicinal effects of taking the supplement. We have found the best way to take silica is from a complex formula.
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