|Vitamins that May Affect Hair Growth
by: Nicole Elizabeth Smith
|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
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 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 .
This article was posted on April 19, 2004
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