All of us suffer from hair blues once in every while. We lead hectic lives, brave the heat and sun, use too many chemical-based products, and have a ton of stress factors that take a toll on those lovely tresses.
It goes without saying that the best nutrition hair needs will come from the food we eat. But at times when your hair situation gets critical, some important supplements can come to the rescue.
I thought it might be helpful to list some inexpensive non-prescription supplements under their Indian brand names easily available at your local chemist. I have included the basic dosage, but you can consult your doctor if you wish to take more for exceptionally bad hair issues.
It is a powerful antioxidant that starts working at the hair follicle to stimulate the production of sebum, a natural lubricant for shiny healthy hair.
Natural Sources: Carrots, green vegetables, eggs.
Supplements: SevenSeas Cod Liver Oil
Dosage: Twice daily.
Helps maintain good haemoglobin levels in the body and carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle. Improve overall body immunity and strength to fight stress, unhealthy conditions and play a vital role in the repair-and-regrowth mechanism of the body.
Natural Sources: Whole grains, pulses, eggs, meat
Supplements: Becosule Capsule
Dosage: Once daily
This is perhaps the most important b-vitamin for hair which can help tide over problems like hair loss or damaged hair even when they are in serious stages. You may need to take this in addition to your regular b-complex pill.
Natural Sources: B-vitamin sources
Dosage: Once daily
Essential fatty Acids
These are necessary for overall healthy hair and regrowing lost hair. I have used this personally in times of nightmarish hair days with great results.
Natural Sources: fish, flaxseeds, nuts
Supplements: Primosa 1000
Dosage: 1 to 3 capsules daily.
Zinc is a very important antioxidant and it helps in repair and regrowth of hair.
Natural Sources: Meat, poultry, eggs
Supplements: Zevit ( b-complex+zinc capsule)
Dosage: Once daily.
It stimulates hair capillaries on the scalp and enhances blood circulation. It directly aids the making of new hair.
Natural Sources: Nuts, seeds, vegetable oils
Supplements: Evion 400
Dosage: Once daily
Believe it or not, iron deficiency can cause hair to fall. And running around in our chaotic lifestyles, we are often slightly anaemic without even knowing it.
Natural Sources: Kidney Beans(rajma), green leafy veggies like spinach, meat, beetroot
Supplements: Softeron Z (a really cool iron pill that helps regulate bowel movements instead of causing constipation :P)
Dosage: Once daily with a natural source of Vitamin C, e.g., orange juice.
• The best way to take these vitamins is to take them along with a meal. That way they are much better absorbed by the body and you get the full value of the money you spent on them!
• Iron should never be taken with milk or similar calcium containing food, because it will not be absorbed properly. To enhance absorption, take iron with a glass of high vitamin c fruit juice — orange, mosambi, nimbu paani, tomato, etc.
• Intake of vitamins should be spaced out throughout the day. Don’t take all your vitamins at a single meal, rather, take one or two pills with each mealtime.
• It is very important to take care that you consult a doctor before consuming any kind of extra supplements if you suffer from any medical condition. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to stick to natural food sources unless advised differently by the doctor. Even for women who are trying to conceive, some supplements must be used with caution. If you are trying to conceive, omit Cod Liver Oil and Primosa capsules completely, and make sure you do not consume more than 40mg of zinc per day. These are unsafe during pregnancy and it is best not to be taking them when you fall pregnant.
Along with vitamin pills, you must make sure you have a healthy well-balanced diet. Citrus fruits and green vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, poultry, fish, eggs and low fat dairy are all essential for healthy hair. Add vitamin C to your diet with citrus fruit juices and high quality protein from vegetarian/non vegetarian sources: your hair is composed of 91% proteins in the form of ‘keratin’. And remember to drinks 8 to 12 glasses of good old water every day!