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Is Hair Loss Inevitable?
A woman may experience some degree of hair thinning as early as puberty or perhaps not until later in life. After menopause, some hair loss is natural, as well as after having a baby. Other possible causes include nutritional deficiencies, poor circulation and heredity. While there are many potential contributing factors and to some extent hair will inevitably thin due to aging, boosting your intake of hair regrowth vitamins for women can help. Do what is in your control to promote healthy hair growth and make sure these vitamins are a part of your diet.
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All of the following vitamins are necessary for regrowth. Adding them to your diet with supplements or eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet is a great way to support hair health and growth.
B vitamins are essential for hair growth. These nutrients all have their own specific functions, while also depending on one another for effectiveness. Making sure you are getting the entire B complex is much more important then simply adding one or two B vitamins to your diet. Biotin in particular is important for both healthy hair and skin. Excellent sources of one or more B vitamins include:
- Brown rice
- Brewer's yeast
- Green leafy vegetables
- Sesame seeds
Vitamin C is also very important for promoting hair regrowth. First, it improves circulation to the scalp, allowing for nutrient and oxygen rich blood to be readily available for new cells. It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting hair follicles from damage. Bell peppers, berries, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables and onions are all excellent sources.
Also improving blood circulation, as well as oxygen uptake, is vitamin E. A diet rich in this nutrient supports the health and growth of hair. Vegetable oils, olives, nuts, seeds and dark green leafy vegetables are all rich in vitamin E.
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Is Diet Enough?
Can you get enough of these vitamins to promote hair regrowth through diet? A healthy diet, based primarily on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, while grains, and fish will supply plenty of hair regrowth vitamins for women as well as other important nutrients for growth such as minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. It is important to eat a variety of foods and to eat plenty of fresh foods.
Should you take supplements? Adding a high-quality, naturally-based multi-vitamin is not a bad idea for supporting the health of your hair, and for your overall well-being. Also, as the body ages nutrient stores diminish and the body's ability to absorb vitamins and minerals decreases, making a healthy diet and supplements even more important. Eat a nutrient-rich diet, take care of your hair and consider taking a multi-vitamin.
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Balch, Phyllis A. "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." Fourth Edition (Penguin Books, 2006).
Page, Linda. "Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone." Eleventh Edition (Traditional Wisdom, 2003).
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