Stress, menopause, nutritional deficiency, scalp infections, thyroid and consumption of various drugs and medicines deter hair quality and volume making it lifeless and skimpy. It is necessary to keep a diet check to ensure essential vitamins are consumed for hair growth.
With the basic essential nutrients consumption, natural external care for hair through Ayurveda and Aromatherapy and a healthy lifestyle one can achieve healthy natural hair. There are essential vitamins, intake of which needs to be checked for hair growth. Here are a few of them.
Effective Vitamins For Hair Growth
Vitamin B Complex Group
A group of vitamins comprising of Vitamin B1 – thiamine, Vitamin B2- riboflavin, Vitamin B3- niacin, Vitamin B5 – pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 – pyridoxine and vitamin B12-folic acid combined, have huge benefits for the body.
Besides healthy and fast growth of hair, it combats greying and hair loss. Eggs, meats and legumes are a good source of Vitamin B Complex.
Cheese, dairy products and nuts are good source of Biotin; an essential vitamin to produce natural oils on the scalp that are beneficial for hair in more than one ways.
Nothing is healthier than natural oils for hair growth enhancement. It prevents dryness and therefore is used in production of shampoos and conditioners too. Biotin is present is carrots, chicken eggs, cow and goat milk, fruits, berries, walnuts and almonds.
With essential antioxidants, Vitamin A fights back the harmful effects of pollution from our hair. It thickens and strengthens the hair making them healthy. Hair grows fast when the scalp is clean and the hair healthy.
Green and leafy vegetables, chillies, sweet potatoes, carrots, dried apricots, dairy products, fish and various herbs and meats are an essential source of Vitamin A.
Vitamin C absorbs iron in the body which is an essential element for hair build up. Breakage prone, lustreless and weak hair are all caused due to lack of Vitamin C in our body.
To get good length for your hair, and have it healthy and strong foods like bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, cantaloupe, spinach, guava, kiwi, papayas, strawberries and oranges can be included in diet as they are all a good source of Vitamin C.
Our body needs to be purified and cleansed internally for metabolic activities to take place for greater immunity and growth.
Intake of Vitamin E enhances flow of blood to the scalp making follicles stronger and promoting hair growth. It also prevents split ends that mar hair growth. Few essential foods for vitamin E are – almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, olives, tropical fruits and broccoli.
Though folic acid is taken in through vitamin B complex group of foods, a little extra of this ‘hair growth vitamin’ is essential. Sheen and strength is achieved for hair through this vitamin as it absorbs iron and protein from our body.
Cereals, breads, citrus fruits and juices, beans, legumes, animal fats and dark leafy vegetables are all good source for that extra folic acid that the hair needs.