Hair loss is a frightening experience and can happen to anyone. Never fear, though, there is hope. It is thought that hair loss is typically caused by multiple factors including vitamin deficiency, stress, or hormonal imbalance.

Improper diet and the resulting vitamin deficiencies are the usual causes of hair loss.

The most prevalent vitamin deficiencies found to contribute to hair loss are folic acid, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and iron. Another contributing factor to hair loss may be a low functioning thyroid.

If you are experiencing hair loss, the following tips will help to determine the cause and find a solution to your hair loss:

  • Get a checkup. Your doctor can run many diagnostic tests that can help unearth the reason behind your hair loss in order to determine if you have an underlying medical condition (of which hair loss may be a known warning signal). Your doctor can order blood tests to check for vitamin deficiencies and that can help to curb the hair loss. Your doctor can also check for hormonal imbalances and your thyroid function. Uncovering the cause of the hair loss is a good first place to start.
  • De-stress. Stress is often one of the factors that can cause hair loss. It is important to de-stress your life and the best ways to do that are to exercise and eat right. Taking essential vitamins such as zinc, folic acid and B vitamins are also known for reducing stress and decreasing hair loss. These three vitamins are among the most powerful tools to help victims of hair loss and prevent further hair loss.
  • Eat right. Getting the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables is important for your health and nutrition, as well as for your hair health. The essential vitamins your hair craves are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. For example, folic acid, iron and vitamin E are all found in leafy, green vegetables. Adding fruits and veggies to the diet may seem difficult at first for those who aren’t accustomed to eating right, but over time, the different tastes will “grow” on you.
  • Take vitamins. You should already be taking a multi-vitamin, but if you are not it is time to start. Find a multi-vitamin that contains the following: folic acid, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and iron. Vitamin A is another essential vitamin to help hair loss. Make sure your multi-vitamin contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. Be sure that your multi-vitamin is complete and high-quality. And, it is vital to take your multi-vitamin at the same time every day to ensure maximum effectiveness. Do not overindulge in vitamins though – doing so may result in bad side-effects. Instead, take the proper amount and stick to it. It is important to discuss taking vitamins with your Doctor especially if you have a medical condition.
  • Special “hair vitamins. There are some vitamin formulations that are made specifically for the maintenance of healthy hair. These so-called hair vitamins contain vitamin blends that are known to stimulate the growth of healthy hair, and as an added benefit, some of them also make your nails and skin become healthier, too.

Vitamin-Enriched Shampoos and Conditioners

Once you have ruled out that your hair loss is the result of an underlying medical problem, you may want to purchase vitamin-enriched shampoos and conditioners. There are lots of options on the market when it comes to vitamins for hair loss in the form of shampoo or conditioner – many of them are made by your favorite brands. These products work to infuse your hair with vitamins from root to tip, making the hair stronger and healthier, and negating further hair loss from vitamin deficiency.

Susan Ehlers

Susan Ehlers

Susan was born and raised in Seattle, where she studied Biology. Now she works as a health and nutrition coach. In her free time she enjoys canoeing and hiking together with her husband.
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