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Vitamins, Minerals, and Enzymes That Promote Hair Growth

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I have a firm belief in natural remedies, and I often resort to natural medicine to address health issues.

Worried about hair loss or thinning? I will teach you how to naturally promote growth by using vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

Worried about hair loss or thinning? I will teach you how to naturally promote growth by using vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

If you have bald spots or thinning hair, and you want a thick mane that will make everyone jealous, then this is the article for you.

Healthy hair growth is determined by a number of factors such as genetics, nutrition, and the general health of your body. While you can’t play with genetics, you can take certain vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to promote a healthy scalp and abundant growth.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Enzymes for Hair Growth

B Vitamins

Vitamin E

Omega-3 Fats

Zinc

Cysteine

Coenzyme Q10

Bromelian

Substance P

Herbs like thyme, rosemary, and lavender

Essential Vitamins, Minerals, and Enzymes for Hair Growth

Foods that promote growth are often considered to be more myth than science because studies are often inconclusive. This is due to the fact that there is no reliable method for measuring hair thickness. However, it is observed that hair is very responsive to the health of our body, so it makes sense that eating healthy foods encourages growth.

1. B Vitamins

There are a number of B vitamins that can promote hair growth. These include B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyroxidine), vitamin B7 (biotin), and vitamin B12. B vitamins can be found in eggs, whole grains, vegetables, meats, fish, and dairy.

Biotin, in particular, is a popular vitamin taken for hair growth and strengthening. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for cell growth and the production of fatty acids and amino acids. According to Oregon State University, biotin deficiency may result in hair loss.

2. Vitamin E

Natural News states that vitamin E stimulates capillary growth in the scalp. This results in better scalp circulation, which, in turn, speeds up growth. Increased circulation can also prevent split ends and heal damaged strands. Foods that are rich in vitamin E include healthy oils, dark and leafy green vegetables, liver, eggs, and nuts.

3. Omega-3 Fats

According to Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, essential omega-3 fatty acids support scalp health. A deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can result in a dry scalp and, therefore, dry and dull hair. Salmon and cold-water fish, such as tuna, mackerel, or sardines, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t like fish, try including one to two teaspoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that doubles up as an antioxidant. Other hair-boosting minerals include magnesium, calcium, and selenium.

5. Cysteine

Cysteine forms the most common amino acid in hair. Cysteine contains sulfur molecules, which create chemical bonds that strengthen hair.

6. Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is often associated with skincare, but this important enzyme — found in fish, meat, and vegetables — can improve scalp circulation and increase tissue oxygenation. Both of these functions help stimulate hair growth.

7. Bromelain

Love pineapple? Here's good news. Bromelain is a popular plant enzyme found in many hair care products. It is derived from the common pineapple plant and is commonly used to promote growth.

8. Substance P

According to PubMed, Substance P induces significant hair growth, from the telogen phase (the resting stage of the hair cycle) to the anlagen phase (active growth stage). This active ingredient is found in red peppers.

9. Herbs

In one study, 44% of the people who rubbed thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils on their bald spots had new hair growth. Other effective herbs include saw palmetto and fenugreek.

Do specially formulated hair growth pills work?

There is very little scientific evidence to support the claims.

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Interesting Facts About Hair

  • Hair is mainly made up of keratin (protein consisting of amino acids) and moisture. It can absorb the equivalent of its own weight in water.
  • We have an average of 90,000 to 140,000 hairs on our heads.
  • It is the second fastest-growing tissue in the body, after bone marrow.
  • Between 50 to 100 hairs can be lost each day. Thankfully, it is not noticeable unless you lose 50% of the hair on the head.
  • Hair loss can be triggered by stress, trauma, and sharp changes in diet or hormones.
  • Exposing your hair to harsh chemicals, too much sunlight, and poor hygiene can compromise its health.
  • A single hair can support 6 ½ pounds of weight.
  • One inch of hair can reveal facts about your behavior. Scientists can uncover what you ate, drank, and the kind of environment you lived in for the past month just by studying your hair.
  • Hair is incredibly strong — it is stronger than copper wire of the same diameter.
  • It is also incredibly elastic — it can stretch up to 30% before snapping.
  • Hair growth is measured in phases. The growth phase (anagen) lasts an average of 3 to 5 years. It will then enter the resting stage (catagen), which is about 2 to 3 weeks. During the final stage (telogen), it falls out.
  • American men spend more than a billion dollars a year fighting alopecia.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

anglnwu (author) on June 05, 2012:

Urmilashukia, good to see you here. Glad that biotin works for you. Thanks for your comments.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on June 04, 2012:

I know Biotin works really great. Very informative and useful hub. Thanks for sharing wonderful hub. Voted up!

ghbndf on May 25, 2012:

grow more hair

anglnwu (author) on April 30, 2012:

jaswinder, I'm glad you find this useful. Thanks for commenting.

jaswinder64 from Toronto, Canada. on April 30, 2012:

Thanks for answering to my question and you gave me link to this article, Which is very informative and interesting.

anglnwu (author) on January 21, 2012:

Thanks, Rizzy, for your encouraging comment.

Rizzy on January 20, 2012:

thank you so much for unveiling this treasured prize.

anglnwu (author) on May 19, 2011:

Thanks, Jo Goldsmith. Rainwater--I really don't know about that, though sometimes, old wives remedies may work. Is your aunt's hair one of envy? If so, maybe, she has a point. You seem to take good care of yourself and that's commendable. Thanks again for dropping by.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on May 19, 2011:

This is great! I take vitamins that include all that you have listed. I use suave lavender shampoo and conditioner when I wash my hair. Maybe you could write a hub on the best hair products? I have a question as well. Does the rain help your hair to grow? My aunt use to collect rain water to use when she washed her hair.

Great article and I have saved it for future reference. I voted up! Really useful.

anglnwu (author) on December 25, 2010:

Thanks, catalyst, for dropping by.

catalyst20 from Los Angeles, California on December 24, 2010:

It's nice to discover a lot of things I need for my thinning hair from you. Thanks a lot.

anglnwu (author) on September 14, 2010:

Thanks, Jasnav!

Jasnav on September 14, 2010:

Great hub Anginwu!

You got it all covered, from the basics of hair to how to handle hair loss.

Keep going!

anglnwu (author) on September 08, 2010:

Thanks, Terry, for your comments. I'm going over to check out your profile...:)

Terrylee5151 from Pennsylvania on September 07, 2010:

Very nice post....I have been planning on doing a post on my blog about how damaging some of the shampoos they sell are for your hair.

I promote natural or organic products on my blog. I also promote herbs, supplements, teas, etc.

Check out my profile for the url. Thanks Terry

anglnwu (author) on July 07, 2010:

Charia, I consider u one of my good friends here, though i don't see u much. We started out together, so hopefully, you can still write, whenever, your muse takes u here. Keep in touch.

Charia Samher on July 06, 2010:

I'm good. I always think of the few friends I left here in HP. I hope to write again someday..yeah maybe one of these days, we'll never know. =P

anglnwu (author) on June 29, 2010:

Charia, it's so good to see you. How have u been? Thanks for coming by to comment:)

Charia Samher on June 28, 2010:

Hi anglnwu, how are you my friend? Another lovely hub you have here. I have problems with my hair lately and nice to have read new information about hair..miss u btw. =)

anglnwu (author) on June 15, 2010:

Welcome back, jayb. Glad you're doing good!

jayb23 from India on June 15, 2010:

Iam fine anglnwu..was immersed in work but i m so glad to be bak..lookin forward to read your other hubs.

anglnwu (author) on June 14, 2010:

Jayb, it's sooooo good to see u again, after such a long time. How have u been? Glad you're back and thanks for dropping by with your encouraging comments.

jayb23 from India on June 14, 2010:

I was away from HP for such a long time and now I realize what informative hubs I have missed. Thanks for sharing this knowledge with us. Have to catch up with your other hubs

anglnwu (author) on May 17, 2010:

Maita, good to see you again. Thanks for rating it. Have a great day.

prettydarkhorse from US on May 17, 2010:

Love health hubs and your hubs which are always full of information, I rated it up my nagel, morning, Maita

anglnwu (author) on May 15, 2010:

Money, lovely to see you and you always have such nice things to say too. Glad you can learn something new. I like that about your hubs too--always full of useful information. Thanks for dropping by. You seem to have a great relationship with your sister--that's really priceless. Enjoy your day.

Money Glitch from Texas on May 15, 2010:

Great job as usual my anglnwu. I always love reading your health and beauty hubs because you teach me something new. :) Never knew there were so many minerals and enzymes that were good for the hair. Will have to make sure I tell my sister about this hub as well. Thanks for sharing. :)

anglnwu (author) on May 13, 2010:

Thanks, wittywit--i just left a comment on your hair hub too.

Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary from INDIA on May 13, 2010:

great work again verry informative

anglnwu (author) on May 12, 2010:

itakins, thank you for your enouraging comments.

itakins from Irl on May 12, 2010:

Anginwu

Brilliant information here-I will share it with some deserving causes:)

anglnwu (author) on May 12, 2010:

Pamela, thank you for taking time off to comment. Hope your friend finds this useful. Have a nice day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2010:

Anginwu, This is an excellent hub on hair and the vitamins that are most important. I have forwarded the link to a friend who needs help already. Thumbs up!

anglnwu (author) on May 11, 2010:

Ron, thanks for visiting twice. Appreciate your comments and you have a good day.

anglnwu (author) on May 11, 2010:

Shari, it always makes my day to have your pretty face show up on my hub door. Enjoy your day and I hope your computer is co-operating today. Thanks for dropping by.

anglnwu (author) on May 11, 2010:

Hahha, Word, good luck on your pep talk with your daughter. I've the same problem with my daughter--she absolutely hates vegetables and no amount of persuasion can move that resolve. Let me know if the "hair--veggies connection" talk works with her. Thanks for rating it up and I greatly appreciate you dropping by.

a2z50 on May 11, 2010:

Ooopppsss

As Always also rprcarz50

Sorry , wrong sign in

Ron

a2z50 on May 11, 2010:

Great job on the research you have done. And a very nice presentation . I'm sure you have put good information in this Hub for many people .

Thank you , and great work.

Ron

As Always Also a2z50

Shari from New York, NY on May 11, 2010:

ang- as always your Hubs are full of the best information. You inspire me once again .. great Hub and I will have to take your lead:))))))

wordscribe41 on May 10, 2010:

Great and informative hub! I will have to share this with my 10 year old who's obsessed with long hair. She may be more motivated to eat her veggies. ha ha ha. Rated UP!!!

anglnwu (author) on May 10, 2010:

tony, thanks for your kind comments. More zinc and pineapple--now, that should be a piece of cake. Take care.

anglnwu (author) on May 10, 2010:

eiron, it's nice to see u again. Thanks for dropping by.

tony0724 from san diego calif on May 10, 2010:

anglnwu nice job here ! You are definitely a fountain of knowledge.I am gonna have to up my Zinc and eat more pineapple apparently . Thanks for the shout out. And I am honored I could Inspire you. You rock anyway !

einron from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA on May 10, 2010:

Quite comprehensive coverage. Thanks.

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