Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Top picks for healthy hair growth!

I am definitely pro-supplements and vitamins and they have made a huge difference in the quality and quanity of my hair when I take them.  Check out the list below for benefits of taking the right ones!


Note: Check with your doctor before starting a vitamin and mineral program, especially if you have health concerns, are pregnant or lactating.

Calcium
Essential for healthy hair growth. Dairy, tofu, fish, nuts, brewer's yeast, beans, lentils and sesame seeds. Up to 1,500 mg Too much calcium can inhibit the absorption of zinc and iron. An acid found in chocolate can inhibit calcium absorption.
Chromium
Prevents hair loss. Brewer's yeast, liver, beef and whole wheat bread. Up to 120 mg People who are allergic to yeast should not take chromium supplements. Chromium can help prevent hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, both of which can cause hair loss.
Copper
Helps prevent hair loss as well as defects in hair color and structure. Shellfish, liver, green vegetables, whole grains, eggs, chicken and beans. Up to 3 mg High levels can lead to dry hair, hair loss and sever health problems. Sugar can inhibit copper absorption.
Iodine
 Helps regulate thyroid hormones and prevents dry hair and hair loss. Fish, seaweed, kelp, iodized salt, garlic. 150 mcg None Iodine deficiencies can lead to hypothyroidism or "over active thyroid."
Iron
Prevents anemia and hair loss. Liver, eggs, fish, chicken, whole grains, green vegetables and dried fruits. 15 mg Too much can lead to malfunctions of the liver and spleen. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron.
Magnesium
Works with calcium to promote healthy hair growth. Green vegetables, wheat germ, whole grains, nuts, soy beans, chickpeas and fish. 280 mg None 70% of Magnesium is in our bones.
Manganese
Prevents slow hair growth. Whole grain cereals, eggs, avocados, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, fish, meat and chicken. 3-9 mg None One symptom of Manganese deficiency is the reddening of hair.
Potassium
Regulates circulation and promotes healthy hair growth. Avocados, bananas, lima beans, brown rice, dates, figs, dried fruit, garlic, nuts, potatoes, raisins, yams and yogurt. 3,500 mg None Works with sodium to control the body's water balance.
Selenium
Keeps skin and scalp supple and elastic. Brewer's yeast, meat, fish, grains, tuna and broccoli. 55 mcg An excess of Selenium can be toxic, leading to the loss of hair, nails and teeth. Selenium works closely with vitamin E.
Silica
Strengthens hair and prevents hair loss. Seafood, rice, soybeans, green vegetables. 300 mg None A cup of Horsetail Tea is an excellent source of Silica.
Sulfur (methyl-sulfonyl-methane or MSM)
Sulfur is a main component to hair's structure. Onions, garlic, eggs, asparagus, meat, fish and dairy products. 1-3 g None A diet with adequate protein also contains adequate sulfur.
Zinc
Prevents hair loss. Spinach, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, whole grains, red meat and brewer's yeast. 12 mg Too much can interfere with iron absorption. Zinc and Vitamin A work together. A deficiency in either can lead to dry hair and oily skin.

This is what is in my current roster:
Alta Health Products - Herbal Organic Silica with Bioflavinoids
Megafood One Daily
GNC Evening Primrose Oil 1300
GNC Fish Oil with GLA 300mg Omega 3's 3xday
GNC Aloe Vera Gel 200:1
Solgar Chelated Zinc
GNC Chewable C 500 with Rosehips

1 comment:

P Ropecia said...

You have given very helpful tips for hair loss prevention. I will try all of them as they all are very beneficial.

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