You can’t go a day without seeing an advert for Rogaine or Propecia. These two medications have cornered the market in hair growth and they are exploiting that domination to the fullest. They work and they really do seem to promote hair growth. Even Donald Trump uses them, which may go some way to explaining his rather “unique” hair style.
But what if you don’t want to risk it? What if they are out of budget or if they simply don’t work for you? These drugs may be FDA approved, but that doesn’t mean they are completely safe. They may seem cheap for a single month’s supply, but not when you consider that you have to take them for many months.
Luckily, there are alternatives out there and they come in the form of simple vitamins, minerals and extracts. In this guide we’ll show you the 4 best vitamins for hair growth and conditioning.
Biotin is a B Vitamin, and one of the most essential for conditioning your hair. It is used in many hair growth formulas and it works more efficiently than any other vitamin. To understand why this is, you need to understand just what your hair is.
Hair consists of keratin, which is a form of protein. Proteins are created from amino acids, which are formed following a result of cells reacting with biotin. So, in layman’s terms, this means that the more biotin you have, the more reactions can take place and the more hair will grow. That’s not exactly how it works, but that’s the gist of it and that’s why this B vitamin is so effective at strengthening and growing hair.
It will also help to condition your nails, which are also made from keratin. And because it’s a B vitamin, it is found abundantly in food. This means that you don’t meed to fork out those extra dollars for a biotin supplement.
To get more of this vitamin into your diet, just load up on the following foods:
- Whole Grains
You have probably heard of the “wonder” that is omega 3 and omega 6. These on-and-off superfoods have been a popular weapon in the toolbox of countless nutritionists and supplement manufacturers for a number of years now. But there’s a reason for that, and it’s because a lot of what is said about these supplements is true.
Fatty acids have undergone countless tests and have been featured in a great number of studies. We know they are effective at improving cognitive function. We know they can help to condition your skin and your nails and we also know that they can help to improve the look and feel of you hair, as well as the rate of growth.
If you have a cat, you may have some experienced of this yourself. If you feed your cat a diet rich in meat, their fur can be lame, dry. If you switch to a diet rich in fish and especially oily fish, then their coat practically glows. It has the same effect on humans…to an extent.
Not only that, but it has been recommended that we consume a healthy dose of fatty acids every single week. Not only for our skin and our hair, but also for our hearts.
The best way to consume fatty acids is through oily fish like mackerel. But you can also take fish oil supplements. You may also want to consider supplements like evening primrose oil, which is also loaded with fatty acids.
The “sunshine vitamin” is essential for keeping you hair and skin in good condition. But there is a limit to how much you should get. That’s because you absorb Vitamin D by getting plenty of sunshine, and if you get too much sunshine then you will damage both your skin and your hair. You have to be very careful with this one.
You can supplement with Vitamin D, but it’s not as effective as getting it naturally. Vitamin D is a problematic vitamin as it’s something that our bodies just don’t absorb very well and something that isn’t commonly found in our food. Vitamin D supplements are taken from sheep’s wool. It steadily builds-up in the wool as a greasy substance. When they sheer the sheep, they squeeze all of this out and then create an extract from it.
Sounds nasty, right? That’s why you should focus on getting it the natural way. First, make sure your diet contains fatty fish, cheese and egg yolks. Then, be sure to load-up on calcium, as it helps with absorption. Finally, take a step outside and enjoy the sunshine. You need between 20 and 30 minutes a day—that’s all. And the hotter it is, the less you will need.
This is an extract from the saw palmetto plant and it is commonly used in treat prostate problems. However, the way it works is very similar to Propecia, which is why it is becoming popular in treating hair loss.
Saw Palmetto helps to reduce the levels of DHT in the body. It is this substance that triggers hair loss, as DHT restricts hair growth at the source. By taking saw palmetto you’re not helping to condition your hair or to regrow it, but you are helping to stop the production of DHT which would otherwise damage your hair follicles.
Saw palmetto, just like Propecia, can also help to shrink the prostate, which is why it has become a common supplement in men of a certain age.