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Best Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Hair

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 October 2020 11:27 AM

We would all like to have a full, lustrous head of hair like we see in shampoo commercials, but as we age, many of us suffer from hair loss, or alopecia. No one likes to lose their hair, especially men, who are more likely to develop this condition. Dr. Steve Fallek, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon from New Jersey, tells Newsmax it can rob them of their confidence and self-esteem, especially if they start losing hair at a younger age than average.

"For women, it can be just as devastating as we consider hair to be our crowning glory," says Fallek. The average adult head has up to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 a day, so that's why finding a few strands on your hairbrush is nothing to be alarmed about.

But as we age, the rate of hair growth slows so you are not replacing as many hairs as you were when you were younger. Also, stress and illness can affect your hair. Statistics show that 27% of patients recovering from COVID-19 suffered prolonged hair loss as a result.

"COVID is a big stress," said Dr. Marc Glashofer, a New Jersey-based hair loss expert who has seen an increase in cases in his practice, the Derm Group, in West Orange, New Jersey. He said he has had patients bring in a "bag of hair" they collected from the bathroom drain or hairbrush.

Supplementing with certain vitamins and minerals may help restore your hair to its youthful glory, or at least help slow hair loss, according to Healthline, because nutritional deficiencies can be the underlying cause of alopecia.

  1. Vitamin A. People whose diets are deficient in vitamin A often suffer from hair loss because this essential nutrient promotes the growth of all the cells in our bodies. Good sources are sweet potatoes, spinach, milk, and eggs.
  2. B-vitamins. Biotin is one of the best-known vitamins for hair growth, according to Healthline. It is often used in hair treatments and shampoos. "Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that supports the growth of hair, skin, and nails," says Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, in New York, according to Prevention. Other B-vitamins promote the growth of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles. Leafy greens, whole grains, seafood, meat, and fish are food sources of B-vitamins.
  3. Vitamin D. Telogen effluvium, or temporary hair loss caused by stress, can be alleviated by taking vitamin D supplements, according to Prevention, because it helps produce new hair follicles. Fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified foods are good sources.
  4. Magnesium. Magnesium plays a critical role in promoting hair growth. Experts call magnesium the "anti-stress mineral," according to Sunday Edit. It is also involved in the synthesis of protein and helps with DNA repair and replication. Zinc and iron are two other minerals that can help restore luster and shine to your hair. You will find an abundance of magnesium in green, leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

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We would all like to have a full, lustrous head of hair like we see in shampoo commercials, but as we age, many of us suffer from hair loss, or alopecia.
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