Recent research on how nutrition impacts thinning hair has everyone wondering if the “cure” or remedy for baldness can be found in the produce or vitamin aisle as your local grocer. While studies and research have yet to find any lasting cure for hair loss, some vitamins may help with keep your hair strong and healthy. Yes, hair loss is most often a genetic condition, but there are certain steps you can take to ensure you are getting enough of the right micro-nutrients for better hair.

Preventing hair loss or keeping hair healthy and strong with these vitamins may be the trick:

Zinc:

Zinc is responsible for nearly 300 chemical actions in the body, and research has even shown that low levels of zinc in the body may allow for more DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body. Since DHT is the main culprit for hair loss, it might be a good idea to focus on getting more zinc in your diet.

Foods high in zinc: Oysters, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, eggs, herring, wheat germ, dark chocolate, peanuts, beef.

Vitamin D:

Over the last year,  Vitamin D has received a lot of attention for the rumor that it could potentially “cure baldness.” A professor of basic medical sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix stated in a WSJ Journal article that the Vitamin D receptor is “crucial for the regeneration of hair.”  And there have been other articles, including an article by TODAY.com in 2012 saying that scientists found Vitamin D may be a cure for hair loss. This was the most promising result from a team of Japanese researchers who actually during their experimentation added Vitamin D to stem cells in the ending phase of growth and “coaxed” these cells into hair follicles. This, although not a cure for baldness any means, shows how our body uses Vitamin D and how it’s crucial to get the proper amount through our diet and supplements.

Foods high in Vitamin D: Salmon, sardines, herring, mushrooms, oysters, eggs, mushrooms, mackerel, tuna,

Folic Acid:

Also known as Vitamin B9, folic acid operates at the level of cell division so the hair has the proper nutrients to stay in the growing phase for the normal period of time. The healthier your hair, the better impact your hair loss treatment will have.

Foods high in Folic Acid: Asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, avocado, brussel sprouts, spinach.

So while vitamins won’t grow back your hair, a healthy lifestyle can contribute to your hair’s appearance. Some people are fond of saying food is medicine. That might not be the case when it comes to treating baldness, but food and vitamins can play a supporting role on your journey to a more robust head of hair.

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