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Hair loss and vitamins

La chute des cheveux et les vitamines
Diet influences many facets of our lives, and poor eating habits or vitamin deficiencies can be triggers factors making hair dull and fragile or even worse, cause an abnormal hair loss.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is well known for its importance in bone calcification, hence its Latin name, calciferol, meaning calcium transporter. However, in recent years the scientific community has given it a lot of attention since many organs have Vitamin D receptors. It has anti-inflammatory, protective and immunomodulatory qualities. The extent of the preventive effects of vitamin D are very important for small diseases like common cold, flu or psoriasis and more serious ones such as cardiovascular problems, breast or colon cancer, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, etc…

Therefore, it is important to highlight the fact that over 80% of the population have a vitamin D deficiency. The main source of this vitamin is the sun, which explains seasonal hair loss in our northern climate. However, the following foods contain significant quantities: fatty fish, mushrooms and some dairy products.

Vitamin D deficiency and hair loss

Hair follicles have numerous Vitamin D receptors. Therefore it appears to play an important role in the anagen phase. A deficiency may cause early aging of hair follicles and would act as an additional risk factor in cases of alopecia.

Vitamins B5 and B8

Vitamins B5 and B8 are water-soluble vitamins. Vitamin B5 is a metabolic precursor of coenzyme A, essential for the synthesis and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. Vitamin B8 for its part, also named Biotin is a coenzyme that participates in the metabolism of fatty acids, carbohydrates and amino acids. Together, they help promote hair growth.

Other vitamins and minerals

There are other vitamins and minerals, that even without direct action on the regrowth or hair loss, helps to have healthy looking hair.

For example, Vitamin A helps keep hair soft and shiny and the Zinc helps the overall health of your hair.
In conclusion, healthy looking hair needs a good diet and a balanced lifestyle. In some cases, simple deficiency may explain hair dull appearance. For a complete diagnosis of your hair, do not hesitate to consult a hair expert.

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