It’s long been known that many vitamin and mineral supplements play an important part in the maintenance of our skin and hair (well, the hair follicles, actually – our hair, rather like our fingernails, is a non-living part of our body). This is why so many hair loss solutions contain such a rich mix of vitamins and minerals. But what substances are actually needed to keep our scalp and hair in tip top condition? Well, there are a number, and whilst none of them are hair loss cures, they are nevertheles very important, and this article will consider two of the most important.
Perhaps the most important ingredient in the mix is folic acid. This is undoubtedly one of the key nutrients in the battle to prevent hair loss. Folic acid encourages cell growth in our skin and in our hair follicles. This, in turn, promotes both skin and hair regeneration. A shortage of folic acid in our diets can lead to flaky skin, lank hair and eventually hair loss. Folic acid can of course be bought over-the-counter at any drug store or health food shop and it is not a particularly expensive supplement. However, there really is no need to buy folic acid when a healthy, balanced diet can supply you with all the folic acid you need. Folic acid is found in nuts, spinach, asparagus, soy beans and most breakfast cereals.
The next nutrient on our list of key ingredients should probably be vitamin A – another vitally important substance in the fight against hair loss. Vitamin A plays an important role in ensuring our hair and skin remain healthy, and also plays a key role in maintaining our vision. Interestingly, excessive consumption of vitamin A has been linked with hair loss in both men and women, so if you do buy it as a supplement, please don’t be tempted to exceed the recommended dosage.
Vitamin A is found in a very wide rage of foods. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of this vitamin, with carrots, peppers, tomatoes and green salads being some of our major sources. If you like offal, liver is a great natural source, as are eggs.
So, given the wide variety of foods that contain folic acid and vitamin A, there is absolutely no reason your hair shouldn’t have all the folic acid and vitamin A it wants, and you won’t need to buy these two vital nutrients in tablet form.