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Vitamins, Minerals, and Enzymes That Promote Hair Growth

Updated on July 5, 2017
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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, according to Holistic Hair Care. 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 skin care, 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. Bromelian

Love pineapple? Here's good news. Bromelain is a popular plant enzyme found in many haircare 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.

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    einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    Quite comprehensive coverage. Thanks.

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    tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

    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 !

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    wordscribe41 7 years ago

    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!!!

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    Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

    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:))))))

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    a2z50 7 years ago

    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

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    a2z50 7 years ago

    Ooopppsss

    As Always also rprcarz50

    Sorry , wrong sign in

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    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.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    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.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    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!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    itakins 7 years ago from Irl

    Anginwu

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

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    itakins, thank you for your enouraging comments.

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    Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary 7 years ago from INDIA

    great work again verry informative

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    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. :)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    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.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

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

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    jayb23 7 years ago from India

    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

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    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.

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    jayb23 7 years ago from India

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

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    Charia Samher 7 years ago

    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. =)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

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

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    Charia Samher 7 years ago

    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

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    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.

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    Terrylee5151 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    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

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

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

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    Jasnav 6 years ago

    Great hub Anginwu!

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

    Keep going!

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Thanks, Jasnav!

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    catalyst20 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

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

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Thanks, catalyst, for dropping by.

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

    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.

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    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.

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    Rizzy 5 years ago

    thank you so much for unveiling this treasured prize.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Thanks, Rizzy, for your encouraging comment.

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    jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

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

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

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

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    ghbndf 5 years ago

    grow more hair

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

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

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

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

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