Hair Loss Supplements. The very best in my experience is Biosil. But it’s good to take additional supplements so better vitamins, minerals and supplements to help your hair in various ways, are:
Vitamin A great for skin and scalp conditions per se and because of its good anti-oxidant properties (which clear your skin and scalp of toxins, excess oil and even bacterial affections); always follow the recommended doses as you must never overdose on Vitamin A. However, some dermatologist do prescribe high doses of Vitamin A for a limited period of time (always checking the patient often enough) to ‘boost’ hair follicle nutrition. If you are buying over the counter Vitamin A (pure, not from Carotene), make sure you understand what’s a safe, daily dose by reading the instructions on the label. At the same time, if you are already taking a multi-vitamin supplement you need to take it into consideration, since they all have small amounts of Vitamin A.
Vitamin C and Iron: this is particularly the case for pre-menopausal women, whose iron levels are often lower than recommended. Vitamin C helps the absorption of iron and together they contribute to a healthy blood supply to your hair follicles; vitamin C is also a great anti-oxidant (see explanation in the Vitamin A section).
Vitamin E, often taken with Vitamin A, as they work well together to promote scalp health; another great anti-oxidant.
- One of the most commonly ‘recommended’ Vitamin against hair loss is biotin or vitamin H. It has been considered to somewhat prevent hair loss, as well as prevent excessive or premature gray hair, to a certain extent. Biotin is part of the Vitamin B complex; however, some people should not take additional Vitamin B complex supplements since some are susceptible to the ‘negative’ effects that Vitamin B6 may have on DHT and a greasy scalp (as we are!). If in doubt, ask your dermatologist. Ours told us not to take too much Vitamin B6.
Zinc and Magnesium as Hair Loss Supplements
- Zinc has been considered helpful in promoting hormonal balances, including the levels of DHT on your scalp. However, do not overdose on Zinc and keep to the recommended dosages as indicated on the bottle (around 11mg), otherwise its balancing effects on the hormones will no longer take place and may even reverse; the only times when higher amounts of Zinc is indicated is if you are suffering from stress, if you drink or smoke a lot, if you are recovering from the flu or if you do rigorous, athlete-like exercise regularly. Check with your doctor if you are unsure.
- Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties (inflammatory ‘messengers’ have been associated with hair loss); besides that, because of its properties it also seems to keep your levels of cortisol ‘in check’: cortisol (which is an anti-inflammatory hormone released by the body in response to stress, sleep deprivation, starvation or fasting, unstable blood sugar levels and chronic inflammation) can trigger telogen effluvium, which is hair falling from all areas of your scalp in significant amounts. Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin D seem to be the best combination for your health (and hair).
Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Omega 6 Hair Loss Supplements (Evening Primrose Oil and Black Currant Seed Oil); these oils encourage hair growth and promote hair strength; this takes place in different ways, from providing moisture to your hair, which is essential both to hair and follicle, to encouraging nutrients to the follicle through a healthy blood flow and combating (in some way) the ‘dreaded’ DHT hair-loss hormone.
Excellent hair loss supplements are Orthosilicic Acid, Pumpkin Seed and Black Currant Seed Oils, Nettle Root and Leaf Extracts. Before you rush to buy them, read more information on them (just click on the underlined words).
When you take general hair loss supplements make sure you also treat one of the main cause of hair thinning, both for man and women, namely the destructive action of DHT. This is explained on the page over the counter hair loss treatments.