What is one of the most common topics on people’s minds? The answer is hair, literally and figuratively (corny, I know). Being of Middle Eastern descent, I never thought I would ever have to worry about hair loss since I have had an abundance of it my entire life, up until now. There was a time when I wanted to shave half my head because I couldn’t manage. Now, I worry every time I see a strand of hair that has been pulled out into my brush. If you are like me, you should continue reading because I have found that hair loss is not solely due to aging, but also due to lacking certain vitamins and minerals in the body.
The first and most important vitamin for hair loss is biotin (also known as vitamin H or vitamin B7). Biotin helps the body produce collagen, which in turn helps grow strong and healthy hair. It makes the diameter of the hair shaft thicker and less fragile so it is more resistant to breakage as well. Biotin is also thought to prevent grey hair by producing melanin, which is a protein that gives hair and skin its color. As an added bonus, biotin also helps build strong, healthy nails and skin. Zinc also plays a critical role in hair loss because it aids in cell reproduction, hormonal balance, absorption of vitamins, and in protein synthesis, all of which promote the process of hair growth. Zinc also maintains the oil-secreting glands connected to your hair follicles, thus decreasing the chances of your hair falling out. Iron is also very important in preventing hair loss because it helps carry oxygen to your scalp and hair. Iron is a key component of hemoglobin, which is what transports oxygen in your blood throughout your body. Lastly, make sure you have enough protein in your diet. Protein helps supply your body with the building blocks it needs to grow healthy, strong hair. If you are a vegetarian, you can still get your protein from such things as beans, tofu or even dried apricots.
Some products that I have found to work really well are Biosil, which is a tasteless, liquid form of biotin you can just mix with your water and drink, and Biotin Forte, which contains both biotin and zinc along with other B vitamins. Massaging your scalp also helps because it improves blood circulation to that area, which then promotes more hair growth. Some people like to flip their head upside down as well when doing this but I don’t know how practical that would be in most places, but to each his own. Thanks for reading. This has been your daily dose of Vitamin Jas.