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The ABCs of Hair Loss Prevention Nutrition

At some point in your life you are probably going to be faced with the possibility of hair loss.  Yes, it’s true, hair loss—or graying or thinning or balding, in some—is simply a sign of aging. It does not necessarily indicate a problem with health; in fact, in some ways, balding among men is sign of mature virility.

And the aging of hair can begin at a very young age, even before you realize it.  As such, if you want to minimize or slow the hair aging process you can consider changing your diet.  As an organ of the human body, our Capilia hair needs various nutrients in order to remain strong and to grow consistently. We lose as many as 100 hairs a day—which is normal—and hair loss is basically the body’s inability to grow hair back at a fast enough pace.

So, if you want to make sure that process is a healthy one, consider adding these things to your diet:

Hair Loss Prevention Nutrition

VITAMIN A

The antioxidant vitamin A promotes healthy, regular cell and tissue growth.  The good news is that vitamin A is available in many dietary forms and you can get it from both plant and animal resources.  If you eat meat and want more vitamin A consider eating more liver, fish, and eggs. If you are a vegetarian (or need to eat more veggies anyway), you can get vitamin A from dark leafy green vegetables (like spinach, kale, chard, arugula, etc) and colorful fruits and vegetables like bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.  Vitamin A is also good for eyesight.

VITAMIN B (the B-Complex)

There is no singular “vitamin B,” there is only the B-complex. This is a collection of nutrients that, together, provide a great variety of health benefits.  Most notably, if you want to improve hair health, you are looking at supplementing vitamins B6, B12, and Folic Acid (folate).  Generally speaking, if you take a B-vitamin supplement, you are going to get the whole gamut of the B complex.  Similarly, dietary sources of B-vitamins tend to have more than one (and more than a few, actually).

The B vitamins are known as the “energy” group, too, so you may want to up your intake of these anyway. And the good news is that they are widely available in beef, chicken, fish, pork, eggs, and soybeans (high protein sources) as well as, once again, dark leafy greens.

VITAMIN C

Yet another antioxidant, Vitamin C is the king element for immunity and collagen production.  Collagen is the substance that holds together skin, muscles, organs, bones, and more.  The human body does not store Vitamin C for a long time so you have to consistently replenish it. Fortunately, vitamin C is easy to find in citrus fruits as well as bell peppers, tomatoes, melons, berries, and dark leafy greens (I sense a pattern here).

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