Most of us spend our time searching for our holy grail product—the one that will give us shiny, frizz-free curls. And while hair products that are free of sulfates and silicones but nutrient packed ARE important, even more important to our hair health are the foods we consume!
If you want hair that has elasticity, strength, and shine, you need to be drinking plenty of water and eating key foods in order to get the vitamins needed to support your hair goals. Let’s take a look at four key vitamins.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
Vitamin C is so much more than just oranges! It's necessary to create the protein collagen, which contains important amino acids that support the structure of hair. Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of iron, a mineral that promotes hair growth.
Natural Sources of Vitamin C:
Vitamin D (D2 ergocalciferol and D3 cholcalciferol)
Going beyond our bone health, this vitamin also maintains the health of hair follicles. Lacking sufficient vitamin D can contribute to hair thinning and loss. Because this vitamin stimulates the hair follicles to grow and remain healthy, having the right levels can help with hair thickness too.
Natural Sources of Vitamin D:
- Fortified juices
Vitamin B complex group
Many of us curlies already know about the magic of Biotin (B7), but it’s is only one of several key B vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin). This group of vitamins carries oxygen and blood to the scalp which maintains and supports follicle health. There is evidence that having sufficient levels of each of these vitamins will aid in hair growth and strength.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
This vitamin has natural antioxidant effects. Antioxidant properties help the body prevent breakdown of the hair follicle. Studies have shown that vitamin E can increase blood flow to support healthy scalp skin. Scalp health seems to be the key to healthy hair!
- Vegetable oil
Remember—more isn’t always better! Research shows that an overload of vitamins can actually contribute to hair loss and thinning. It’s important to have vitamin levels checked before adding any supplements to your routine. As always, it’s best to get your vitamins from a well-balanced diet. Now, go eat some oranges, kale, and nuts!
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