Updated: Aug 16, 2020
Nutrition plays a key role when it comes to your hair health. Your hair cells are one of the fastest-growing cells in your body and they need a lot of nourishment in order to grow. But because hair is not a vital organ or tissue, your body does not prioritise its nutritional needs. So, due to hair’s expendable nature, a nutritional imbalance often shows up first in the form of hair thinning, breakage and hair loss.
Nutrients important for Hair Health
The hair production cycle is a continual process of renewal and shedding, and hair needs a variety of different nutrients in order to grow. A well-balanced diet helps ensure you get all of the vitamins and minerals you need for healthy hair cell growth, however, metabolism and nutritional needs vary among individuals.
Stressful lifestyle often makes it challenging to eat a nutritionally balanced diet all the time, as do dietary restrictions, illness, pregnancies and vegan/vegetarian diets. Additionally, eating foods that have been overly processed can negatively impact the absorption of certain nutrients, and even lower the existing levels in your body. But, because hair is not an essential tissue, it is unfortunately usually the last thing to benefit from improvements to the diet, therefore supplementation can be extremely helpful.
As hair grows only about one and a half centimetre per month, it can take over 2 months for supplements to have a visible beneficial effect on your hair. Because of this, many people often assume the supplements don't work and stop their treatment. But try not to - consistency and patience do pay off, and within 12 weeks you should see a definite benefit to your hair.
Of course, factors such as age, genetics and hormones also affect hair growth, but optimal nutrient intake and maximum absorption are the key. That’s is why intravenous (IV) therapy, that delivers nutrients right into your bloodstream for immediate availability, has so many benefits.
7 nutrients important for hair health
Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, is a B-complex vitamin that can boost the strength and appearance of your hair, and is a vital part of a healthy metabolism. Biotin supports not only your hair, but also helps keep your skin, nails, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. Biotin is also a crucial nutrient during pregnancy, as it’s important for embryonic growth.
A biotin deficiency can lead to beauty-related symptoms such as:
· Hair splitting
· Hair thinning
· Brittle hair
· Dry skin
· Irritated skin
· Brittle nails
· Nails that crack easily
Vit&Drip Center’s intravenous (IV) treatments contain a high dose of biotin to restore normal levels of this vitamin in your system, improving the health of your hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.
2. Vitamin A
All cells need vitamin A for growth, including hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. Vitamin A also helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum, which moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. Deficiency or low levels of vitamin A may lead to several problems, including hair loss.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, which may cause your hair to age. Additionally, our body needs vitamin C to create collagen, a protein that is an important part of hair structure.
Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral that is necessary for hair growth.
Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your cells. When you don't have enough iron, your body can't produce the hemoglobin that carries the oxygen. Deficiency in iron negatively impacts the growth and repair of cells in your body, including the cells that stimulate hair growth.
Iron deficiency, which causes anemia, is a major cause of hair loss. It's especially common in women.