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Hair Growth Supplements

Hair loss or baldness (alopecia) is much more common in men than in women.  The exact cause of hair loss is not known but it is believed to involve heredity, hormones and aging.  Some drugs (used in cancer therapy) can also cause hair loss. 

Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss affecting men.  It depends on the male hormones (androgens) and runs in a family.  The hair loss usually begins on the sides, near the front, or on the top of the head towards the back.  Hair loss can begin at any age.  Some people may have receding hairline but some can go completely bald. 

Female-pattern baldness is less common.  It causes the hair to thin in the front, on the sides or on the top but seldom leads to total hair loss. Female hair loss may be linked to hormonal changes arising from menopause, aging and thyroid problem.

Alopecia areata is a condition in which hair is lost suddenly in a particular area due to acute illness or emotional stress.  The hair can grow back after a few months.  This condition is less common than male-pattern baldness.

Hair loss is hard to cure.  It can be treated by hair transplantation, and some medications such as topical minoxidil and oral drug finasteride.  However, the medications are only effective for a small percentage of people and usually, hair growth ceases when the medications are discontinued. 

If the hair loss is caused by conditions such as poor blood circulation, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, thyroid problem, stress, etc., hair can grow back when the treatment ends, or health condition improves, or via a change of diet with nutritional supplements.

 

Vitamin and food supplements for hair loss:

Vitamin B complex

Vitamin B complex is essential for healthy hair growth.  A deficiency in B vitamins is linked with hair loss. The B vitamins are best taken together as they work synergistically to promote the functioning of different organs, including hair and skin. Vitamin B complex is also good for stress relief which is often associated with hair loss.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects hair follicles from free radical damage.  It also improves blood circulation in the scalp.  Vitamin C also helps the absorption of iron which is needed for hair growth.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E increases oxygen uptake and improves scalp circulation.  This vitamin is important for hair follicles to grow hair.  Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) can be taken daily or massaged into the scalp to promote blood circulation and hair growth.

 

Zinc

Deficiency of zinc may weaken the hair shaft.  Zinc promotes hair growth by enhancing immune function and stimulating cell reproduction and tissue repair.  Zinc also maintains the oil secreting glands of hair follicles, preventing hair from falling off.  Taking zinc supplements at 50-100 mg daily for 3-4 weeks helps to reduce hair loss.  However, excessive zinc intake at a long period of time can trigger hair loss probably because excess zinc hinders the absorption of other minerals (e.g. copper, manganese) which are also needed for hair growth.

 

Essential fatty acids

EFAs have anti-inflammatory effect and prevent dry and brittle hair.  A deficiency in essential fatty acids may lead to hair loss or unhealthy hair.  EFAs also help to transport fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, K to hair follicles.

 

He Shou Wu (Polygoni multiflori)

This Chinese herb is used to strengthen the blood and the jing.  It has been used to treat premature hair loss and graying in China since the ancient time. He Shou Wu can be taken as supplement, or used to make tonic soup.  The herb is often added to shampoos and conditioners that treat thinning hair or gray hair.

 

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo is another ancient Chinese herb.  It improves blood circulation to the peripherals of the body including the scalp. Better blood flow also means that more oxygen and nutrients can be brought to the scalp, promoting hair growth and the repair of damaged hair.

 

Topical treatment

Shampoos and conditioners containing biotin, Aloe, vitamin C & E, jojoba oils, ginseng, He Shou Wu.

 

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Nature's Plus, Ultra Hair Plus with MSM

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