What Vitamin Deficiencies Cause Hair Loss?

By Cindi Pearce

  • Overview

    If you want healthy, abundant hair you must eat right. There are other factors that play a role in determining whether you will keep your hair--heredity, stress, pollutants, hormones, alopecia--but you can put up a good battle by making sure that your vitamin and mineral levels are where they should be.
  • Biotin

    Biotin is a B Vitamin. If you eat your share of cauliflower, yeast, bananas, egg yolks, sardines, mushroom and carrots you may be getting adequate biotin into your system. Biotin promotes hair health and hair growth and, in addition, prevents your hair from turning gray. According to Ovarian-cysts-pcos.com, biotin also helps nail growth in addition to hair growth. People who have A blood type do not, for some reason, absorb Vitamin B's adequately from food sources so they may require supplements.
  • Protein

    Hair is primarily comprised of protein. In order to keep your hair healthy and on your head--and not going down the bath tub drain--you must get enough protein in your diet, which means that you need to eat lean meats, dairy products and whey.


  • Vitamin B5

    Another B Vitamin, B5, helps maintain pigmentation (color) in your hair and may delay the onset of graying. It also prevents hair loss. Eat whole grains, potatoes, milk and egg yolks to get Vitamin B5 into your system.
  • Essential Fatty Acids

    Essential fatty acids are crucial to our health and particularly for our hair. These acids keep our hair from getting brittle and dry and will improve the texture of our locks. If you're not getting enough of these fatty acids in your diet ask your doctor about taking supplements that include salmon oil, flaxseed oil and primrose.
  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E increases the oxygen in our system and in so doing improves the circulation to our scalp and to our hair. For years, we've been told that Vitamin E has anti-aging properties. Some women smear it on their faces. There are those who apply it to wounds to prevent scarring and to exacerbate healing. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that nourishes the cells while fighting free radicals. To maintain the correct level of Vitamin E in your system, remember to eat cereals, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, soybeans and eggs.
  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C has antioxidant properties. If you are short on the C vitamin, this may cause you to lose your hair.
  • Zinc or Magnesium (Mineral) Deficient

    Having sufficient amounts of zinc in your diet is thought to prevent stress as well as hair loss, according to the Americanchronical.com. Zinc improves our immune system and stimulates hair growth. However, consuming too much zinc can be as problematic and harmful to you as can consuming too little, according to Eco-usa.net. Consult with your doctor. According to Hairlossupplements.com, magnesium deficiencies are routinely linked with slow hair growth. Manganese supplements reportedly can restore hair growth. Zinc, magnesium and iron are trace minerals that all humans require. However, having too much of any of these minerals in your system is dangerous.
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