Nine Supplements to Prevent or Treat Hair Loss

There are many causes of hair loss.  While there is no cure for male pattern baldness, there are solutions for other types of temporary hair loss.  Hair loss can be reversed by addressing the underlying nutritional deficiency.  Also, some doctors believe that hair loss can be prevented by daily doses of certain supplements by encouraging healthy hair growth.

1. Biotin

Biotin is generally classified with the B Vitamins, but it is also occasionally referred to as Vitamin H.  Biotin is essential for maintaining hair and nail health.  Usually, thinning hair is the first indicator of a biotin deficiency.

Fortunately, biotin deficiencies are rare.  Low levels of biotin are usually associated with liver disease, extended intravenous feeding, over-consumption of raw egg whites, and pregnancy.  Biotin deficiency is also more common among vegetarians since the vitamin is found in red meat.

  • Read more about Biotin deficiency and hair loss:  (link)

2. Iron

Anemia is a common cause of medical hair loss, especially in women.  Doctors report that most women experience mild to severe iron-deficiency anemia during menstruation.  Since Vitamin C helps aid iron absorption, take both supplements together.

  • Iron deficiency and hair loss:  (link)

3. Lysine

Lysine is an amino acid and a vital building block of protein.  Since hairs are made of protein, lysine is especially important.  Make sure you get enough of this amino acid and you may prevent your hair from thinning.

  • More about lysine and its role in thick hair (link)

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish (especially salmon and sardines).  Taking one tablespoon of fish oil a day is said to prevent hair loss.

  • Fish oil’s importance for preventing hair loss:  (link)

5. Vitamin A

Vitamin A promotes the growth of healthy cells and tissues.  Healthy hair growth can not occur if cells and tissues in the scalp and hair follicles aren’t functioning properly.  You might not be getting enough Vitamin A if you shy away from carrots, dark green vegetables or red vegetables.

  • Vitamin A deficiency and alopecia (link)

6. Vitamin C

Some doctors believe Vitamin C helps prevents hair loss because it is an antioxidant.  If you regularly pass on the lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges, you probably aren’t getting enough Vitamin C.

  • read more:  (link)

7. Vitamin D

A Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets.  Rickets cause hairless gene mutation.  Also, Vitamin D receptors play an important role in the hair growth cycle.  This vitamin is definitely one you don’t want to do without!

  • Treatment of alopecia areata with vitamin d (link)

8. Vitamin E

The body’s circulation is aided by adequate doses of Vitamin E.  Increased circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood in the scalp helps the follicles produce healthy hairs.  While you can ingest Vitamin E, you can also apply it vitamin rich tonic to the hair and scalp.

  • Recent controversy:  (link)

9. Zinc

Hair loss is commonly associated with zinc deficiencies.  For some reason, this deficiency is especially prevalent among children.

  • More info:  (link)

Before you begin any supplement regime, you should consult a doctor.  While hair loss is most commonly associated with vitamin deficiencies, excessive levels of some nutrients can cause hair loss too.

[box type=”note”]Dr. Mary Tejada is a Tampa, Florida hair transplant specialist.  While she routinely performs surgical hair restoration procedures, she always suggests non-surgical restoration methods (like nutritional supplements) first. [/box]

Jessica Velasco

Jessica is a health and fitness writer who is passionate about helping others live a more productive, enjoyable and healthier life.

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