Supplements for healthy hair

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


What makes your hair beautiful? Or maybe I should ask you ‘What is the definition of beautiful hair? ‘Is it the length or thickness or is it its general appearance? And what exactly are you willing to ingest to achieve the two?
Healthy hair is not only dependant on the products you use externally but also on what you consume. For starters your water intake is very important along with your lifestyle and diet. When these are equally balanced and consistency is maintained in those three areas, it almost becomes pointless for one to be on a vitamin ‘regimen’. Supplements are meant to complete what is lacking and therefore if you are not lacking terribly or at all in one vitamin or another then it is wise not to self-diagnose and take supplements without a physician’s go ahead or supervision.
It is very important that you do not self-diagnose. You really shouldn’t overdo taking supplements even when you do eventually get a go ahead to take supplements. If at all you do start taking supplements in excessive quantities, your body will use what it needs and discard the rest. So always stick to your recommended daily allowances. Use of supplements in excess can lead to break outs and other chronic side effects. Vitamins A, E, D, and K are fat soluble vitamins that are stored in the liver. These vitamins will accumulate when taken in excess and can be toxic with adverse side effects.


Most supplements interact differently with each other and in most cases these supplements neutralise the effects of the other. Let’s take for example Zinc and Sulphur both of these are known to be very beneficial in order to attain healthy hair. However Zinc neutralises Sulphur. The same way Zinc competes with Iron which competes with Calcium. So when taking these nutrients in such combinations you must consider that they are working against each other and not for the greater good of beautifying your hair.
You need to realise that there is so much to consider before resorting to taking supplements targeted at improving your hair. You need to ask yourself the following questions. What vitamins should I take and why? Who is the best medical professional to seek advice from? Which brands are best? How many different pills should I take and how often? Should I double up on the doses and is it safe to do so? Now that I am taking supplements should I skip meals?


Some of the most commonly used supplements for hair are Vitamin C which is vital in maintaining healthy hair. B Vitamins increase hair growth, Biotin and the complex B Vitamins are needed to grow hair. Vitamin B3 is particularly essential when it comes to increasing circulation to the scalp. The B complex supplement is a good supplement as the nutrients work together. The mineral Iron has near similar functions to that of the B Vitamins as it increases blood circulation in the scalp thereby promoting healthy hair. Vitamin A helps to improve the appearance of hair making it lustrous. The most commonly used and sought after supplements when it comes to attaining beautiful healthy hair also include MSM sulphur, Biotin (B7), Vitamin E, Zinc, and Vitamin D. Research is fast expanding and each new day a ground-breaking discovery is made pertaining to supplements that do help to attain healthy natural hair.

It is important that you seek medical professional advice before making a serious decision such as taking supplements on a long term or short term basis for any reason. And remember nothing quite beats having your nutrients and mineral elements coming from natural sources such as water, fruits and vegetables. Having smoothies or indulging in a fresh home-made juice first thing in the morning before you eat anything enables your body to quickly absorb all the essential vitamins and nutrients in their natural state. The consumption of juices is particularly beneficial on an empty stomach and can act as a natural nutrient boost which helps with more than just beautifying your hair. Whichever route you do choose to take remember to do so knowledgeably and in moderation!  


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