Vitamins That May Affect Hair Growth
by Nicole Elizabeth Smith
pantothenol). But evidence supporting the benefits of pantothenic acid for dry hair
and hair loss is very weak. Also, some people with hair loss do show low blood levels
of biotin. While the evidence isn't strong, it may be worth it to try taking supplements
of biotin and pantothenic acid for bothersome hair conditions that are not helped by
hair treatment products. Iron and Zinc also affect hair growth. Iron is an important
trace mineral that is found in every cell of the body, including hair, usually combined
with protein. Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell, including
our hair. It stimulates the activity of approximately 100 enzymes, which are
substances that promote biochemical reactions in your body. Zinc supports a healthy
immune system, is needed for wound healing, helps maintain your sense of taste and
smell, and is needed for DNA synthesis.

Eat right and you will glow from head to toe.


About The Author

Nicole Elizabeth Smith, the author of "Healthy Black Hair" (2003), is a freelance
health and beauty writer and a graduate of Michigan State University. She and her
son Zack live in Michigan. Currently, she is beauty editor for
.
Several different vitamin or
mineral deficiencies can cause
dry hair. To treat dry hair, try
taking a multivitamin with 100
percent of the daily value of the
essential vitamins. A multivitamin
and mineral combination may
provide some added coverage
for possible deficiencies.

It's been shown that too little
biotin and pantothenic acid (both
B-complex vitamins) can lead to
dry hair.  Shampoos and hair
treatment products commonly
contain pantothenic acid (or
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