3 Powerhouse Vitamins for Thick, Long Hair

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We recently shared three essential vitamins to help you grow out thick, long hair: biotin, multivitamins and pre/postnatal vitamins.

Because there are many harmless vitamins that aid in healthy hair growth, we have three more for you. Let’s be honest: not every vitamin will work for every individual. Therefore, if biotin didn’t work, replace it with another vitamin that will. Trial and error is the name of the game until you find a hair growth cocktail that’s right for you.

3 Powerhouse Vitamins

If you have yet to try them, create a cocktail of the following vitamins:

  1. Zinc
  2. Black currant
  3. Fish oil
Before we get into the benefits of each vitamin for hair growth, it’s important to note that a well-balanced diet with all 13 essential vitamins is an important element in growing thick, long hair. So if your diet isn’t balanced, three popular hair growth vitamins may not be enough to help you.
You can get a good start on a healthy, well-balanced diet with the following iSkinCareReviews articles: 
  1. The Anatomy of a Healthy Breakfast
  2. The Anatomy of a Healthy Lunch
  3. The Anatomy of a Healthy Dinner
Nevertheless, zinc, black currant and fish oil are extremely beneficial for hair growth, so let’s get into their benefits. 

Zinc

Zinc is important to hair growth because it aids in hair loss. Experts believe that zinc deficiency causes hair loss by weakening hair follicles. If you currently experience hair loss in the form of excessive shedding, seek the expert advice of a doctor. He or she can determine if your hair loss is caused by zinc. Another way to determine whether zinc is the cause of hair loss is the appearance of your nails. If you see white lines on your nails, this may be due to zinc deficiency. However, the best method of determination is to see a medical expert. 
The daily recommendation of zinc is 11 milligrams. Taking any more may actually result in more hair loss. By taking the correct dose of zinc on a daily basis, you’ll notice less breakage and shedding, and more hair growth. 

Black Currant

Black currant vitamins are oil derived from black currant seeds. It has a high source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that can treat dry, brittle hair, thinning hair, and split ends. It can also strengthen weak, brittle nails. It’s also high in two other fatty acids: alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which considerably decreases hair loss, and stearidonic acid, which can thicken hair that is currently thinning. 
The recommended dosage of black currant for adults is 500 mg a day, two times daily. 

 

Fish Oil

Are you aware that our hair suffers from the polluted environment around us? This should come as no surprise, since our skin suffers from the same environmental exposures. The reason experts promote fish oil as a hair growth vitamin is due to its high level of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help protect our hair from pollutants, UV rays, and other elements that can affect the health of our hair.

Furthermore, fish oil is high in protein and other nutrients that strengthens the hair shaft. Healthy hair shaft, or follicles, means healthy hair growth.

If hair shedding is your number one concern, then fish oil vitamins are for you. Fish oil strengthens hair at the roots. This, ultimately, prevents hair from shedding.

If you’re a vegetarian and wish to reap the benefits of fish oil, substitute it with flax seed oil vitamins due to its high omega-3 content.

Don’t Forget: Certain vitamins can be enhanced when taken with food. Try to take your vitamins with your meals when possible. This also helps reduce potential side effects, such as upset stomach.

Important Note on Vitamins & Hair Growth

If other vitamins that are well-known for hair growth haven’t worked in the past, try our zinc, black currant and fish oil (or flax seed oil) “cocktail” for thick, long hair. Keep in mind, though, you need to take vitamins for an extended period of time to notice a difference. All vitamins take time to deliver results. Some recommend taking them for at least one month, but it’s best to take vitamins for two or three months to see full results.

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