PRLog - Jan. 28, 2010 - REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- At any given time 10-15% of the hair in our head is in what is called a "resting phase" and after 2-3 months resting, hair falls out and new hair grows in its place. Some people, however, experience more hair loss than is normal. Many people with thinning hair wonder if taking vitamins will stop or slow down hair loss. Poor diets, combined with too much stress, can certainly affect how well your hair grows.
Hair loss can occur when the diet is inadequate in the B vitamins - especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid; and the minerals magnesium, sulfur and zinc. The B vitamins, especially B5 (pantothenic acid and B3 (niacin), are especially important for hair growth, and they are the best vitamins to take to help with hair restoration. Heavy intake of vitamin supplements, in some cases, have resulted in stimulating hair growth. Men who are deficient in vitamin B6 often lose their hair, and especially along with a deficiency of folic acid, some men become completely bald. B Vitamins are usually found in whole grains, fresh fruit, yeast, eggs, fish, turkey, meat, and milk. These vitamins are water-soluble, which means they don't build up in your body like vitamin A does.
Taking large doses of vitamin A for a long period of time, on the other hand, can trigger hair loss. In such instances, stopping the vitamin A will reverse the problem. As in case of deficiencies, often the hair grows back when the cause is corrected. Vitamin E is also important for stimulating hair growth. It is an antioxidant that stimulates the scalp by increasing blood circulation. An increase in blood circulation makes more nutrients available to the hair follicles so they can grow stronger, healthier hair. Vitamin C is also very essential for hair restoration because it helps your body to absorb iron intake, and iron is the mineral that occurs in the greatest amount in the blood. The most important function of iron in the human body is helping the production of both hemoglobin (the substance that carries oxygen within red blood cells) and myoglobin. Therefore, iron deficiency anemia occurs when the dietary intake or absorption of iron is insufficient, and hemoglobin, which contains iron, cannot be formed.
Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and salmon oil are good sources) improves hair texture and prevents dry, brittle hair. Stopping a smoking habit will also help prevent hair loss. Smoking causes your capillaries to contract so less blood can get through to your hair follicles, and therefore less blood means fewer nutrients for healthy hair growth. In addition, eating a balanced diet with lots of whole grains, fresh fruit, and vegetables will not only keep you healthy, but it can help to prevent thinning hair and premature graying. At the DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles, certified dermatologist and hair surgeon Dr. Umar will be able to diagnose your symptoms and help you plan the best hair loss treatment for your case. For more information about a healthy diet for your hair, please call (310)318-1500, or visit our website at http://www.dermhairclinic.com
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