5 Best Supplements for Hair Loss in Malaysia 2020

Many people view healthy-looking hair as a sign of health or beauty. Like any other part of your body, hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow (Trusted Reference).

In fact, many nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss.

While factors such as age, genetics and hormones also affect hair growth, optimal nutrient intake is key.

This article explores available research to tell you whether Vitamins can help men grow hair.



Below are 5 vitamins that may be important for hair growth.

1. Vitamin A 

All cells need vitamin A for growth. This includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body.

Vitamin A also helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy (Trusted Source).

Diets deficient in vitamin A may lead to several problems, including hair loss (Trusted Source).

While it's important to get enough vitamin A, too much may be dangerous. Studies show that an overdose of vitamin A can also contribute to hair loss (Trusted Source).

Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach and kale are all high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A.

Vitamin A can also be found in animal products such as milk, eggs and yogurt. Cod liver oil is a particularly good source.

You can also find vitamin A supplements online.

2. B-Vitamins

One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin.

Biotin levels that are too low can lead to poor hair growth and hair loss. However, considering that most people have adequate levels, adding more to your diet through supplements likely won’t help (Trusted Source).

In fact, though advertisements may claim that these supplements promote hair growth, limited large-scale studies support this (Trusted SourceTrusted Source).

In a 2017 review, biotin supplements were found to increase hair growth in those with an underlying deficiency of the nutrient. However, due to the rarity of this deficiency, the authors concluded that these supplements aren’t effective for the general population (Trusted Source).

Beyond this, there’s no evidence to support that biotin supplements promote hair growth.

Other B-vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth.

You can get B-vitamins from many foods, including whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark, leafy greens.

Additionally, animal foods are the only good sources of vitamin B12. So if you're following a vegetarian or vegan diet, consider taking a supplement.

You can find B-vitamin supplements online.

3. Vitamin C

Free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals (Trusted Source).

In addition, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen — an important part of hair structure.

Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.

Strawberries, peppers, guavas and citrus fruits are all good sources of vitamin C.

You can purchase liposomal Vitamin C as a dietary supplement online.

4. Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D are linked to alopecia, a technical term for hair loss (Trusted Source).

Research also shows that vitamin D may help create new follicles — the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow (Ref).

Vitamin D is thought to play a role in hair production, but most research focuses on vitamin D receptors. The actual role of vitamin D in hair growth is unknown.

That said, most people don't get enough vitamin D and it may still be a good idea to increase your intake.

Your body produces vitamin D through direct contact with the sun's rays. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods.

You can purchase Vitamin D as a dietary supplement online and from local health stores i.e. Guardian and Watsons.

5. Vitamin E 

Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress.

In one study, people with hair loss experienced a 34.5% increase in hair growth after supplementing with vitamin E for 8 months (Trusted Source).

The placebo group had only a 0.1% increase (Trusted Source).

Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados are all good sources of vitamin E.

You can also find vitamin E supplements online.

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