4 Key Nutrients for Healthy Hair
For many of us, our hair forms a symbolic part of who we are. Shiny, healthy locks - whatever the shape or colour - can have a profound influence on our sense of confidence and self esteem. For those who haven’t experienced hair thinning or loss, it may be hard to imagine. But poor hair health - particularly in women - can be an extremely distressing issue to be faced with.
The typical symptoms of poor hair health can include:
- Hair thinning or falling out
- Hair that is weak, brittle, dry, dull or affected by split ends
- Premature greying
While many factors can contribute to healthy hair, it is often a reflection of your overall inner wellbeing and internal cellular health. Thinning or damaged hair in particular can indicate a lack of adequate nutritional stores in your diet.
What vitamins help to promote hair growth?
The best way to ensure you are getting enough vitamins is to eat a balanced diet, with a variety of nutrient-rich foods. In the western world in particular, this is seen as a moderate portion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, with a wholesome blend of grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and oils.
According to Chinese philosophy, the Qi that energises the body, nourishes our cells and works to support hair growth comes from the food and oxygen we ingest. To get the most from your diet, choose foods that are abundant in their own Qi - typically foods that are in season and unprocessed.
To help improve the condition of your hair, ensure you consume a wholesome diet consisting of adequate amounts of the following:
Crystalline Silica is a basic component of:
- Granite, and
- Other minerals.
Silica may be beneficial to improve the condition of brittle hair and split ends. Silica is an essential component of collagen and works to stabilise connective tissue to enhance texture, tone and elasticity of the skin. It forms a crucial part of the hair’s structure to support hair strength and condition, while strengthening skin and nails.
Zinc can be found in:
- Dairy, and
- Whole Grains.
Zinc, biotin and other nutrients are involved in keratin formation and sebum production to help grow healthy hair and nails. Zinc is essential for the actions of many enzymes involved in hair follicle formation. A Zinc deficiency may cause alopecia (hair loss) and reduced hair pigmentation among other things.
Foods rich in antioxidants include:
- Legumes, and
Many of the plant-based food and drinks in your diet are rich in naturally occurring antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which scientists believe are partly responsible for the health benefits of consuming a varied and nutritious diet.
People with alopecia and some other forms of hair loss (e.g. male pattern baldness) have reduced levels of antioxidant enzymes, which require selenium, zinc, copper and manganese in order to function. In addition to ensuring you have enough antioxidants in your diet, taking additional beta carotene and vitamin E may also be beneficial.
Biotin can be sourced from the following foods:
- Egg Yolks
- Lentils, and
Biotin (or B7) is one of the seven vitamins that complete the B vitamin complex. Because it is hard to test for a Biotin deficiency, it is normally known by its symptoms - including hair thinning, loss of hair colour, dry skin or scalp and/or a red, scaly rash around the eyes and face.
Some people affected by alopecia areata have low levels of biotin due to lack of the enzyme biotinidase. Taking biotin supplements may help to address this deficiency.
Health Supplements can offer nutritional support
If you aren’t getting the right nutrients for your hair, health supplements can offer additional nutritional support to a healthy, balanced diet.
Fusion® Health Hair, Skin & Nails has been specially formulated to provide vital nutrients for healthy hair - including silica, biotin and highly bioavailable forms of zinc and manganese. Along with Phytofol®, the vitamins and minerals in Hair, Skin & Nails promote healthy hair growth, while enhancing the strength, volume and shine of the hair.