Vitamin C & Hair Loss

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body does not store it. Vitamin C provides many benefits for your body, one of which includes helping to treat and prevent hair loss. The best way to use vitamin C to combat hair loss is to modify your diet to include foods that are rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin C is effective in treating hair loss. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Identification

Vitamin C is needed by your body to help repair and manufacture tissues. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C is important for the healing of wounds, while helping to create teeth and bones. Vitamin C is also important for assisting in the production of an essential protein called collagen, used to make skin, bones, ligaments, blood vessels, scar tissue and muscles.

Antioxidant Properties

Vitamin C holds antioxidant properties, similar to vitamin E and zinc. Antioxidants are responsible for reducing damage that free radicals may cause. Free radicals form when your body converts food into energy. They may harm your hair, possibly turning it brittle or weak. Vitamin C is beneficial for protecting your hair from free radicals.

Vitamin C Deficiency and Hair Loss

Low intake of vitamin C in your diet may result in dry or splitting hair, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Although hair loss isn't directly associated with a vitamin C deficiency, dry and splitting hair from a vitamin C deficiency may make your hair prone to hair loss and other hair-related conditions.

Food Sources & Daily Intake

Vitamin C is found in a variety of food products such as cauliflower, turnip greens, mango, strawberries, green peppers, spinach, blueberries, tomatoes, papaya, oranges, kiwi, pineapples and winter squashes, according to MedlinePlus. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily to ensure you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin C Supplementation

If you can't get adequate amounts of vitamin C through your diet due to illness or other reasons, you may need a supplement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sets the Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin C at 90 mg daily for men and 75 mg a day for women. If you smoke, are pregnant or breast-feeding, the RDA is increased by 35 mg everyday for both men and women.

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