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Vitamins for Hair Follicles

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Kristin Davis has been writing since 2004, specializing in the health and fitness fields. She has written for online and print publications including Fitness Monthly and Creative Circle. Davis has certification through the International Fitness Professionals Association as a personal trainer.
Vitamins for Hair Follicles
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Overview

Vitamins are important for your hair because your hair needs nutrients just like your body does. A lack of certain vitamins can cause serious hair disorders, which left untreated can result in hair loss in certain instances. By eating a healthy diet or taking supplements, you can make sure your hair is receiving the vitamins it needs. Prior to beginning any vitamin regimen, consult with your health care provider to ensure you are receiving an adequate amount of vitamins based on your nutritional needs.

Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B-complex. Your body needs water-soluble vitamins on a daily basis as your body cannot store them. Biotin can help strengthen your hair and nails. Certain shampoos and other over-the-counter products are formulated with biotin that can help keep your scalp free of flakes. When dry, flaky skin builds up in your hair follicles, the skin flakes can impede hair growth. Biotin is found in multivitamins, vitamin B-complexes and sold as individual supplements. Adults only need 30 mcg of biotin on a daily basis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Women who are breastfeeding need a slightly higher dose of 35 mcg per day.

Vitamin C

While vitamin C helps boost your immune system, it is also important for your hair follicles. A vitamin C deficiency is rare for most people but if you’re not getting your recommended daily dose, it can cause bruising around your hair follicles, according to DermNet NZ. When bruising occurs around your hair follicles, it can cause corkscrew hair to grow out, which tends to break easily. Vitamin C deficiencies are typically found in those who suffer from malnutrition such as elderly people, children and those who live in under-developed Third World countries. Certain medical conditions can also cause a vitamin C deficiency such as inflammatory bowel disease, dialysis, severe dyspepsia and those who have malabsorption disorders. You can avoid vitamin C deficiency by taking a vitamin C supplement or a multivitamin that offers 30 to 60 mg per day.

Folic Acid

Folic acid works with vitamin C and B12 to help your body create protein. Protein is very important for your hair as that is what your hair is composed of. Without the daily recommended dosage of folic acid, you may experience hair growth problems and gray hair, according to Medline Plus. Medline Plus reports that the majority of Americans do consume a sufficient amount of folic acid as it is found in many foods. The average adult typically needs 400 mcg per day of folic acid, which can be obtained from your food supply or taken as a supplement.

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